THE CAPTAIN'S COMMENTS

Here are some of this week's noteworthy books:

Archie 1000 Page Comics Bonanza (Archie, $14.99): One of the greatest innovations in recent years at Archie Comics -- and there have been plenty -- has been for the publisher to acknowledge, embrace and (most importantly) reprint its past. The recent "Best of Betty and Veronica," which reprints stories from the '40s to present, has been a hoot. And I'm still reading it, because there are A LOT OF PAGES. Great stories, and honestly, a great bargain.

Andre the Giant: Life & Legend (:01 First Second, $17.99): Wrestling fans take note. I'm unfamiliar with the creative team, but First Second can usually be counted on to do quality work.

The Art of Plants vs. Zombies: A Visual Retro Retrospective Book (Dark Horse, $9.99): If you're a fan of the video game, here is all you need to know about the art and visual technique.

Avengers #29 (Marvel Comics, $4.99): The first shoe drops in Marvel's massive summer crossover storyline, "Original Sin," as Captain America discovers that the Illuminati wiped his memory of what they were doing a couple of years ago. I'm really curious to see how this particular storyline pans out. Cap has every right to take extreme measures -- but will he?

Burne Hogarth Tarzan Vol 1: In the City of Gold (Titan, $39.95): Burne Hogarth (along with Alex "Flash Gordon" Raymond and Hal "Prince Valiant" Foster) was one of the major action/adventure artists of the early 20th century who found expression in the newfangled medium of comic strips, influencing generations of artists to follow. Foster's "Tarzan" Sunday strips are already being collected, and this volume begins collecting the daily strips.

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 (of 4, Marvel Comics, $3.99): A lot of fans -- this one included -- have fond memories of Shang Chi's original series, at least the parts written by Doug Moench and drawn by the likes of Paul Gulacy and Mike Zeck. Those worthies took a "bandwagon" title that was created simply to cash in on the Bruce Lee/kung fu craze of the '70s and turned it into something memorable, even beautiful.

The premise was that Shang Chi was the son of Fu Manchu, raised to be the deadliest hand-to-hand combatant on earth, but who turned against his father to pursue a gentler path as befits the literal meaning of his name, "the rising and advancing of the spirit." Recruited by MI-6 to battle his father's schemes, Shang engaged in what he called "games of deceit and death" reluctantly, first out of a sense of obligation and then because of the love he felt for agent Leiko Wu -- launching a love triangle with agent Clive Reston, who liked to hint that he was the son of James Bond and grandson of Sherlock Holmes, and sort of resembled Sean Connery.

Marvel no longer has the Fu Manchu franchise, so Shang's father can no longer be named -- he is simply "The Doctor" or "The Devil Doctor." But I'm hoping this new miniseries can play Shang as the combination of Bond and Lee that he was always meant to be.

Hellboy in Hell Vol. 1: The Descent (Dark Horse, $17.99): If you're not a regular Hellboy reader, you might not know that A) creator Mike Mignola hasn't been drawing his adventures for several years, and B) Hellboy died at the end of his last adventure. Both of those situations are addressed in the new series Hellboy in Hell, which follows Our Hero's adventures in the afterlife. and is drawn by Mignola himself. Those are two good reasons to pick up this trade, which collects issues #1-5.

Justice League United #1 (DC Comics, $4.99): Publishers kind-of cheat these days, in that this is the second first issue of this title, the first being Justice League United #0 last month. Since first issues tend to sell better than subsequent issues, DC is getting two bites at that apple.

As to content, the zero issue introduced most of the team (although they're not a team yet) and several mysteries. The art is solid enough, the personalities engaging enough (especially Animal Man and Stargirl) and the mysteries are mysterious enough to recommend the book. I do hope, however, that the verbal sparring between Green Arrow and Animal Man doesn't continue -- it felt forced and was genuinely unpleasant.

MPH #1 (Image Comics, $2.99): Superstar writer Mark Millar is launching his own brand at Image, dubbed the Millarworld Universe, and this title is the first to be a sort of foundation title for it. It involves urban youth who discover a street drug gives them super-speed -- and, for a change, they'll act like actual teenagers who use their super-powers to get away with stuff instead of pulling on Spandex and fighting crime. That sounds pretty interesting.

I'm not sure what existing books are part of the Millarworld Universe. The recently launched Starlight is, but I'm not sure about other Millar properties like Jupter's Legacy, Kick-Ass, Nemesis, Secret Service and Supercrooks.

Star Trek: New Visions #1: The Mirror Crack'd (IDW Publishing, $7.99): Last year, artist/writer John Byrne put together an experimental Star Trek story using photos from the original series Photoshopped into an original story. Evidently it sold well, because that story -- Star Trek Annual 2013, which has a second printing this month -- has been turned into an ongoing series. Byrne plans bi-monthly, 48-page issues that will, theoretically, all be done in one.

That sounds impressive, but the cynic in me wonders how long Byrne can keep up the effort -- even bi-monthly that's a lot of Photoshopping -- and how long this can continue before the series begins repeating itself. There are a lot of photos, stills and potential screen grabs from the original Star Trek, but that's still a finite amount and the bulk will be specific to the episode they come from. The easiest avenue for Byrne to take is to make every issue a sequel to an existing episode, so that all of the material from that episode will be useful -- and, sure enough, the first two issues are both sequels (to "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "Mirror, Mirror," respectively). That approach could become tiresome very quickly, especially since a number of episodes don't deserve sequels.

Still, I don't want to underestimate Byrne, who is justly legendary in the industry, primarily for his work with Chris Claremont in the 1970s and '80s that made Uncanny X-Men the best-selling title for more than 20 years. If anyone can make this work, it's him.

Superman: Doomed #1 (DC Comics, $4.99): Doomsday was the villain in the much ballyhooed "Death of Superman" story back in the '90s, but he was more Hulk Lite than a genuinely interesting or terrifying bad guy. Hopefully he will be more interesting in his New 52 incarnation, where he will be the main bad guy in a storyline running through many of the Superman family of books for the next few months. This one-shot is the launching point, if you want to get in on the ground floor.

The United States of Murder Inc. #1 (Marvel Comics, $3.99): This is another creator-owned series from Brian Michael Bendis, as are other efforts like Brilliant, Powers, Scarlet and Takio. This series posits a U.S. that is heavily infiltrated by organized crime up to the highest levels of government, a premise that I don't perceive as anything new. Don't we already have the finest government money can buy?

Anyway, even if you're not a gangster buff, Bendis is so good at this -- his breakout work years ago were the crime stories Goldfish and Torso -- that you might become interested despite yourself.

Weird Love #1 (IDW Publishing, $3.99): Comics historian Craig Yoe assembles pre-Comics Code romance stories for this book, looking for ones that are unintentionally hilarious or lurid by modern standards. But, honestly, I don't think it's going to be as funny as he -- or we -- want it to be.

Some of it's going to be funny just because of anachronisms. For example, when these stories were written, the word "queer" always meant "strange," not "homosexual" -- so there will be lots of double entendres with that word from a modern perspective ("Those boys look mighty queer."). But I'm afraid the context of the story will leech the humor out, because the pros of yesteryear played these stories pretty straight.

For example, the story "I Was a Pickup" -- which is included in this first issue -- was recently reprinted in a Simon & Kirby collection, and isn't remotely as naughty as the title suggests. It's a pretty straightforward tale where a naive girl learns not to trust guys with flashy cars -- there's no sex, no public shaming, nothing to support the modern interpretation of that title. And it's not at all funny. (Depending on your taste, it might not be at all interesting, either.)

I think John Lustig had the right idea in Comics Buyer's Guide, where he'd put his own dialogue in snippets from these old romance stories, making the most of the situational innuendo. That was funny.

But this, I'm afraid, is going to routinely promise laughs or naughtiness on the cover that these old romance stories simply won't deliver. I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect the title of this book ought to be Bait and Switch.

THIS WEEK'S COMICS

Andrew "Captain Comics" Smith assembles The Comics Guide each week using the Diamond Comic Distributors Inc. website, as a guide, and is subject to change. Clicking on most images results in a larger image. All information is from Diamond and/or publisher solicitations, press releases and previews, except for random comments by Captain Comics (in blue), and occasional comments by The Baron (in this here purplish color).

ACTION LAB

PRINCELESS SHORT STORIES VOL 1 (TPB)

Writer: JEREMY WHITLEY

Art: Various

Cover: EMILY MARTIN

All Ages/$11.99

The first ever collected edition of Princeless short stories is finally available from Action Lab! Want to know more about Bedelia Smith? Curious about what happens to Prince Wilcome after King Ashe throws him in jail? Want to spend more time with the Princesses Ashe? Get all this and more from a variety of hot young artists as we collect the first four issues of short stories from the Eisner-nominated world of Princeless!

ARCHIE COMICS

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #5

Writer: ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA

Art/Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

SCREAM Variant Cover: ANDREW PEPOY, JASON MILLET

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

Escape from Riverdale, Part 5 [of 5]: The do or die moment has arrived! With Lodge Manor under siege by flesh-eating zombies, and the rest of Riverdale in flames, the surviving members of our beloved gang must make a fateful decision: Do they stay in the only home they've ever known, or take their (slim) chances in the outside world? And if they go, where will they go? And does that mean they leave their undead pals 'n gals behind forever? The most earth-shattering decisions will be made in Riverdale history in the newest installment of this TEEN + series! Definitely NOT for all ages!

This is seven weeks late -- which is turning out to be about average for this book. It's a terrific read so far, but can any story maintain interest with a schedule that erratic?

ARCHIE #655

Script: TOM DEFALCO

Art: FERNANDO RUIZ, RICH KOSLOWSKI, JACK MORELLI, DIGIKORE STUDIOS

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

Cosmo the Merry Martian Variant Cover: FERNANDO RUIZ, ROSARIO "TITO" PENA

On Sale Date: 4/30

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

An unexpected day off from school turns into the adventure of a lifetime! When a flying saucer crash-lands in Riverdale, Archie and Jughead come face-to-face with the one and only Cosmo the Merry Martian! His now-damaged space ship is threatening to make him late for a very important meeting at the Diner at the Center of the Universe -- and without Cosmo there, the fate of the entire galaxy could be at risk! Archie is prepared to save the day, and you can bet that if a diner’s involved, Jughead’s on board! Get ready for intergalactic adventure and classic Archie Comics characters galore in an out-of-this-world story by comics great Tom DeFalco!

I don't know anything about Cosmo the Merry Martian, but I'm guessing there's a reason why he's been out of print for more than five decades.

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS BONANZA (TPB)

Script: GEORGE GLADIR, FRANK DOYLE

Art: DAN PARENT, DAN DECARLO

Cover: HARRY LUCEY, DAN DECARLO, FERNANDO RUIZ

$14.99 U.S./$15.99 CAN

4 7/8 x 6 9/16”

Trade Paperback, 192 pp, Full Color

Didn’t think we could manage 1000 MORE pages of classic fun from Archie & the gang? Guess again! From classroom calamities to dating disasters, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the rest of the pals ‘n’ gals of Riverdale know how to make everyone laugh -- and they’ve been doing a spectacular job of it for over seven decades! Celebrate everything Archie with the largest Archie collection series EVER offered at an incredible value price!

KEVIN KELLER #13

Writers: PAUL KUPPERBERG, DAN PARENT

Art: DAN PARENT, RICH KOSLOWSKI, JACK MORELLI

Cover: DAN PARENT

CHIBI Variant: RYAN JAMPOLE

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

When everyone at Riverdale High is fascinated by an online gossip site written by someone under the moniker the “WHISPERER,” Kevin makes it his mission to unmask the writer who is spreading rumors about his fellow students. But when he finds himself the center of an ugly gossip piece, he ups his game to solve the mystery of the secret gossiper. Can he find out who the rumor-spreader is and save the day (and everyone’s reputations)? Or will the Whisperer live on? Find out in “Elementary, My Dear Kevin!” a fun, Sherlock Holmes-style spoof.

Rumor has it this title will be canceled soon. This issue being two months late can't help.

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #35

Script: PAUL KUPPERBERG

Art: FERNANDO RUIZ, PAT KENNEDY, TIM KENNEDY, BOB SMITH, JIM AMASH, JACK MORELLI, GLENN WHITMORE

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

Burger Beast Variant Cover: CHAD THOMAS, ROSARIO "TITO" PENA

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

Archie Marries Veronica -- Life has been rather tumultuous in Riverdale as of late, and everyone has plenty on their minds! Big things are about to happen to some of our favorite pals ‘n’ gals, but it seems as though everyone’s own personal problems might cause them to neglect the ones they love. Will Veronica’s legal issues continue to pull her away from her friends and family, or will super-detective Sam Hill save the day and allow her to be free from the shackles of house arrest? Can Archie finally put an end to his unemployment streak? Can these issues be solved in the days leading up to two good friends’ big day? No matter what the circumstances, through the good and the bad, the people of Riverdale always manage to stand together as a community -- find out if that remains true in “Dearly Beloved” Part 1!

Archie Marries Betty -- The dramedy continues in the Archie Marries Betty universe. After a long and stressful nine months (for Jughead, at least!), could Midge finally be ready to bring the newest member of the Jones family to Riverdale? Meanwhile, Archie and Betty haven’t been on the best of terms lately—will they be together to celebrate this happy occasion? And in the midst of impending birth and marital woes, another relationship is ready to enter a new stage. Guess who’s tying the knot next in “And Baby Makes Three” Part 1!

Not dead yet!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES 2 (NEW PRINTING TPB)

Script & Art: Various

Cover: PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE

$7.95/$8.95CAN

5 x 7 3/8”

Trade Paperback, 112 pp, Full Color

Sonic's comic adventures continue in the second installment of the bestselling SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES! Travel back to where it all began with this series that lets you revisit Sonic’s early days. Each story is meticulously restored and printed on high-grade paper-so you can feel like you're zipping right alongside the blue blur as he saves Knothole Village! SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 collects issues #5-8 of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book.

SONIC UNIVERSE #63

Script: IAN FLYNN

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

Cover: TRACY YARDLEY

Chibi Variant Cover: RYAN JAMPOLE

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

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! Fly high above the clouds with Knuckles and the Chaotix in "THE GREAT CHAOS CAPER: Part One"! Knuckles the Echidna has been tasked by a mysterious force to fix the shattered planet – but when the Dark Gaia monsters emerge from the word's core, our hero finds himself in a fight for his very life! Luckily the ever-adventuring Chaotix are around to lend a hand, hired by Princess Sally to gather the all-important Chaos Emeralds. But wait, who's that lurking in the dark? New characters, new lands, and the return of some familiar faces await you in this new storyline with interior and cover art from Sonic artist supreme Tracy Yardley! Plus a special CHIBI variant cover from Ryan Jampole!

DARK HORSE

ABE SAPIEN #12

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, SCOTT ALLIE

Art: MAX FIUMARA

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: SEBASTIAN FIUMARA

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Abe’s journey takes a new turn as he meets a twisted couple in this rural horror story of a domestic relationship gone terribly awry.

“I can happily say I very much recommend Abe Sapien.” -- Front Towards Gamer

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

Still awesome.

THE ART OF PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: A VISUAL RETRO RETROSPECTIVE BOOK (HC)

Cover: RICH WERNER

FC, 88 pages, $9.99

HC, 6” x 9”

A MUST-HAVE FOR FUN-DEAD FANS!

Get the story of the mulchifying super hit Plants vs. Zombies™ from the zombies’ point of view. Part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part antiplant screed, this treasure trove of never-before-seen concept art covers Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and more!

• Part art book -- part zombie memoir!

• Eighty-eight pages of “behind-the-leaves” material!

• The original Plants vs. Zombies game has been installed over 100 million times and has 16 million active users!

I see come-ons for this game online all the time, but have never played it. Is it really good enough to merit an art book?

THE ART OF WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER (HC)

FC, 184 pages, $39.99

HC, 9” x 12”

Discover the secrets!

Bethesda and Machine Games offer up the secrets behind Wolfenstein: The New Order, a game set in a post-WWII world where the Nazis have won and only you can rewrite history. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings, landscapes, and technology, this book provides a unique look at one of the gaming industry’s most intriguing games.

The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order features full-color artwork from the first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game's design, including concept art, character designs, settings and technology -- all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960s setting. Check out sample pages from the book on http://www.bethblog.com.

• Incredible full color artwork from the game!

• Commentary direct from the creators!

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL VOLUME 29: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL (TPB)

Writer/Art: HIROAKI SAMURA

B&W, 216 pages, $19.99

TPB, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"

The Final Showdown Begins!

Habaki and his Rokki-dan thugs turn a seemingly innocent harbor into a port of death -- killing everyone who’s docked there in case they’re working with Anotsu’s Ittō-ryū crew! And when Manji, Rin, and a desperate Anotsu arrive on the scene? This really is the start of Blade’s final battle -- with only three volumes left!

“Samura’s work will thrill you, engage you, and even horrify you like no other artist working in film or print today.” -- Geof Darrow

HELLBOY IN HELL #6

Writer/Art/Cover: MIKE MIGNOLA

Colors: DAVE STEWART

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

Written and drawn by Mike Mignola!

Hellboy revisits an old vampire acquaintance in the bowels of Hell.

“Mike Mignola has once again proven that he is a master of his genre.” -- Comics Bulletin

“No amount of hyperbole can do the book justice. Mike Mignola is back, and better than ever.” -- Newsarama

HELLBOY IN HELL VOLUME1: THE DESCENT (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: MIKE MIGNOLA

Colors: DAVE STEWART

FC, 152 pages, $17.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

The next phase of Hellboy’s story starts here!

After saving the world in "The Storm and the Fury" but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces and a throne that awaits him.

Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy’s ongoing story for the first time since "Conqueror Worm." It’s a story only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy’s secrets are at last revealed, in the most bizarre depiction of Hell you’ve ever seen. Collects issues #1-5.

“I, for one, can’t wait to see the next iteration of Hellboy (drawn by Mignola again, no less) and see just what sort of life after death awaits our hero.” -- Comic Book Resources

I'm torn. I want to buy this NOW, but I know it'll be in the Hellboy Library eventually. I must learn patience. But that takes too long!

JACK KRAKEN (ONE-SHOT)

Writer/Art/Cover: TIM SEELEY

Art: ROSS CAMPBELL, JIM TERRY

Cover:CARLOS BADILLA

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

One-shot

Revival creator Tim Seeley!

Jack Kraken is the best agent the Humanoid Interaction Agency has. Using his extranormal powers, Jack protects humans and humanoids alike from those who would kill them. Follow Jack’s adventures rescuing kids and stopping the things that go bump in the night.

Art by Ross Campbell (The Abandoned), Tim Seeley (Ex Sanguine), and Jim Terry (The Crow)!

RELEASE THE KRAKEN! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

MANDALA (TPB)

Writer: STUART MOORE

Art/Cover: BRUCK ZICK

FC, 256 pages, $24.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

Earth -- here and now. Humankind is secretly enslaved by a global mind-control system called the GRID. Mike Morningstar and his spiritual spec-ops unit, the Thirteen, must alter time and take down the GRID before it’s too late. As fiction meets reality, the Thirteen need your help if they are to succeed in awakening humanity and changing the future. Are you awake?

• Art by Bruce Zick (Thor, Atomic Legion)!

• Written by Stuart Moore (Wolverine Noir, Stargate: Atlantis)

I can't wait for the part where he gets out of jail and becomes president of South Africa!

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 (TPB)

Writer: KAZUO KOIKE

Art: GOSEKI KOHIMA

On sale May 14

B&W, 768 pages, $19.99

TPB, 5” x 7”

FROM THE CREATORS OF LONE WOLF AND CUB!

From Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, the legendary creators of Lone Wolf and Cub, comes Samurai Executioner. Yamada Asaemon tests swords and performs executions for the shogun. The feared “Decapitator Asaemon” is the last stop for the doomed and often becomes final confessor as well as slayer. Collects all of volume 1 and volume 2, plus “Hellstick” from volume 3.

• Nearly 800 pages for only $19.99!

• Lone Wolf and Cub now available in omnibus format.

• Mature readers.

I bought this series years ago, for a while, on the strength of the love my wife and I had for Lone Wolf and Cub. But both of us agreed after a while that I should stop, as Samurai Executioner wasn't nearly as good -- or as interesting.

STAR WARS #17

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Pencils: STEPHANE CRETY

Inks: JULIEN HUGONNARD-BERT

Colors: GABE ELTAEB

Cover: VICTOR MANUEL LEZA

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

Watch that first step, Luke!

As Princess Leia and her prince prepare for their wedding day on Arrochar, the uneasy feeling among the Rebels -- especially Han Solo -- grows. Meanwhile, Luke, on an alpine mission with local troops, discovers the Alliance’s new “friends” aren’t so friendly!

Writer Brian Wood gets to the heart of Star Wars!

“This is a great read and has been each and every issue.” -- Comics List

"Writer Brian Wood gets to the heart of Star Wars!"

Right before Marvel pulls it out!

TERMINATOR: ENEMY OF MY ENEMY #3 (of 6)

Writer: DAN JOLLEY

Pencils/Cover: JAMAL IGLE

Inks: RAY SNYDER

Colors: MOOSE BAUMANN

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

A NEW TERMINATOR IN THE CLASSIC ERA!

With her mission to kidnap biotechnician Elise Fong compromised by the appearance of a massive, seemingly invulnerable killer, ex-CIA operative Farrow Greene calls on all her training for an epic, one-woman war against the stranger! Meanwhile, an army of mercenaries will stop at nothing to capture the Terminator technology!

• Writer Dan Jolley (Bloodhound, Prototype 2) brings the eighties-style action!

• Superstar artist Jamal Igle (Supergirl) turns up the heat!

X #13

Writer: DUANE SWIERCYNSKI

Cover: ALEKSI BRICLOT

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

HIS MISSION IS NOT DONE!

Betrayed by his friends and stripped of his mask, X will have to crawl from an iron prison to wrench his city from Tango’s stranglehold. But a new gang, unlike any Arcadia has seen before, may be more than even X can handle! A new episode in the Project Black Sky event begins here!

X confronts Deathwish -- will he finally get what he wants?

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DC COMICS

ABSOLUTE SUPERMAN/BATMAN VOL. 2 (HC)

Written by JEPH LOEB, SAM LOEB and others

Art by CARLOS PACHECO, JESUS MERINO, IAN CHURCHILL, ED McGUINNESS, DEXTER

VINES, TIM SALE, PAT LEE and others

Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND

Advance solicit • 336 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $99.99 US

The World’s Finest join forces in this reality bending tale from SUPERMAN/BATMAN #14-26. Superman and Batman rule the Earth with an iron fist, with humanity bending to their will. Before long, the World’s Finest Duo is sent careening through a series of bizarre alternate Earths to face an assortment of classic DC characters including Darkseid, Lex Luthor, Superwoman, Kamandi, Sgt. Rock, Haunted Tank and many more. Includes the star-studded issue #25, which features the work of Geoff Johns, Brian K. Vaughan, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon, Jim Lee, Arthur Adams, John Cassaday, Joe Madureira and others!

I thought the hand in the background of this cover looked familiar, and so it was. What do y'all think? "Homage" or coincidence?

ACTION COMICS #31

Writer: GREG PAK

Art/Cover: AARON KUDER

1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

The SUPERMAN: DOOMED epic continues! Superman barely survived his battle with Doomsday and now realizes that his wounds are not healing. Not only that, but he’s suffering disturbing physical and emotional side effects. He is changing … and the newly enlisted Men of S.T.E.E.L. -- Metallo, Ghost Soldier, Atomic Skull and Steel – are about to find out into what!

AQUAMAN VOL. 4: DEATH OF A KING (HC)

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art by PAUL PELLETIER, SEAN PARSONS and ROB HUNTER

Cover by PAUL PELLETIER and SEAN PARSONS

192 pg, FC, $24.99 US

Unfolding from the events of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” comes a mystery that sends Aquaman to the ends of the Earth to solve an ancient murder – one that will reveal a horrific truth and threaten those closest to him today! Plus, as the Scavenger compiles more Atlantean weaponry and artifacts, Aquaman enlists the aid of The Others to help find one missing relic in the Southwestern United States before his enemies can get to it and possess untold power. Collecting AQUAMAN #17-19 and 21-25.

I'm always entertained when I read Aquaman (and I've read this collection already), but I never feel compelled to read Aquaman. Or even eager. It's a good book, just not A-list. Like Aquaman himself, I guess.

AQUAMAN VOL. 3: THRONE OF ATLANTIS (TPB)

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, PAUL

PELLETIER, PETE WOODS, PERE PEREZ and others

Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

Aquaman, who long ago lost contact with his people, must watch as armies emerge from the sea to attack the surface world. The Justice League answers the call to defend the shores from the invading Atlantean horde. But whose side is Aquaman on? With his brother Orm at the head of the undersea army, will Aquaman stand with his Earth-bound super team or his own people? Find out in this exciting title collecting AQUAMAN #0 and 14-16 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #15-17.

ARROW VOL. 2 (TPB)

Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM and ANDREW KREISBERG

Art by MIKE GRELL, ALLAN JEFFERSON, SERGIO SANDOVAL and others

Photo cover

192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

In these tales from ARROW #7-12, witness the origin of Deathstroke and the debut of TV’s Roy Harper! Don’t miss these tales that expand on the storylines from the hit TV series!

THE AUTHORITY VOL. 1 (TPB)

Written by WARREN ELLIS and MARK MILLAR

Art by BRYAN HITCH, FRANK QUITELY and others

Cover by BRYAN HITCH and PAUL NEARY

296 pg, FC, $19.99 US

In these tales from THE AUTHORITY #1-12, the team battles a nation of super-powered terrorists and stops an invasion from a parallel world! And then, a godlike invader returns to Earth after eons in exile.

BATGIRL #31

Writer: GAIL SIMONE

Art: FERNANDO PASARIN, JONATHAN GLAPION

Cover: ALEX GARNER

1:25 BATMAN ‘66 Variant Cover: MICHAEL ALLRED

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

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 #6

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

Art: TREVOR McCARTHY

Cover: ANDY KUBERT

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Something hellish is brewing in the tunnels under Arkham Asylum … and Batman’s going to need the help of The Demon to stop it!

Has The Demon appeared in the present in The New 52 yet? I honestly don't know.

And I've received but haven't read the last three issues of this book, which is a review in itself.

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 2 (TPB)

Written by JEFF PARKER, ROB WILLIAMS, MICHAEL AVON OEMING, JOE HARRIS, PAUL TOBIN, RICARDO SANCHEZ, CHRISTOS GAGE, RAY FAWKES and DAVID TISCHMAN

Art by MICHAEL AVON OEMING, GABRIEL HARDMAN, JUAN JOSE RYP, JASON MASTERS, TRADD MOORE, SERGIO SANDOVAL, JHEREMY RAAPACK, STEPHANE ROUX, CHRIS SPROUSE and KARL STORY

Cover by GUILLEM MARCH

168 pg, FC, $14.99 US

A diverse roster of comics writers and artists contribute their visions of Batman to this second LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT collection, with stories from issues #6-10 of the digital-first series!

COFFIN HILL VOL. 1: FOREST OF THE NIGHT (TPB)

Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE

Art by INAKI MIRANDA

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

On sale MAY 14 •

160 pg, FC, $9.99 US

Years after a tragic night of sex, drugs and witchcraft in the woods, Eve Coffin returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago was never contained. Don’t miss the first COFFIN HILL collection with issues #1-7 of the acclaimed new series!

This series grew on me.

Coffin Hill started out slow, with the first issue largely given over to Eve Coffin's brief life and career as a Boston cop -- none of which seems pertinent to the main story, about supernatural goings-on in past and present rural Coffin Hill, Massachusetts. Maybe someday that background will become important, but we're seven issues in and the first issue remains largely irrelevant, except for Eve knowing police jargon and procedure (which could have been explained in a single word balloon). I imagine that's why I had a hard time getting into the series at first. But now that it's on track, it's pretty good.

Maybe it will grow on you, too, and if so this is a good place to start.

CONSTANTINE #14

Writer: RAY FAWKES

Art: ACO

Cover: VICTOR IBANEZ

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Has John Constantine really turned his back on everything that’s he’s been fighting for as the leader of Justice League Dark? The last shreds of his humanity are at stake when he’s forced to confront a hideous demon that’s been feeding on the American Southwest for decades!

Would it surprise anyone, inside the story or out, if Constantine truly went bad? He's been written as petty, selfish and egotistical, three rather villain-ish traits. They need to work harder at getting us to like him before we'd be surprised at a story like this.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: THE DEMON – DRIVEN OUT #1

Writer: JOSHUA DYSART

Art: POP MHAN and ART THIBERT

Cover: JO CHEN

136 pg, FC, $9.99 US

In this 6-issue epic from 2003, Jason Blood cuts a deal with a cult of modern-day alchemists to divorce him from The Demon for good … but the ceremony goes horribly wrong! In a fiery car crash, The Demon crosses paths with a young, troubled street racer. To tame The Demon and stop a Yakuza war, she’ll need the help of Jason Blood!

I don't recall this miniseries at all!

FABLES #140

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM

Art by STEVE LEIALOHA

Cover by NIMIT MALAVIA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

What do a devious Celtic beauty, a deadly white flute, a tiny gold harp and two green Scottish dogs have in common? Find out in the conclusion of “The Boys in the Band,” illustrated by artist extraordinaire Steve Leialoha.

Those don't look like Scotties to me!

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #10

Writer: by SIMON OLIVER

Art: ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

Cover: NATHAN FOX

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

The mystery at the heart of the “quantum can opener” is revealed, but it may be too late for Adam and Rosa.

I found the first trade to be OK, but not so OK that I plan to read any further.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #31

Writer: VAN JENSEN

Art: BERNARD CHANG

Cover: STEPHEN SEGOVIA

1:25 BATMAN ‘66 Variant Cover: MICHAEL ALLRED

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

“UPRISING” part 2! As the Corps reels from the Battle for Mogo, John Stewart leads a team of Green Lanterns into the heart of enemy territory on a desperate rescue mission to save the Lanterns abducted by the Durlans and the Khund. This prison break is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! And as the Durlans train their sights on the next battlefield in the war, a long-lost member of the Corps returns! Continued from this month’s GREEN LANTERN #31!

JSA OMNIBUS VOL. 1 (HC)

Written by GEOFF JOHNS, DAVID GOYER, JAMES ROBINSON, MARK WAID, MICHAEL CHABON, DARWYN COOKE, HOWARD CHAYKIN and others

Art by STEPHEN SADOWSKI, CARLOS PACHECO, RAGS MORALES, JAVIER SALTARES, MICHAEL LARK, PETER SNEJBJERG, AARON LOPRESTI, HOWARD CHAYKIN, DARWYN COOKE and others

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

1,224 pg, FC, $125.00 US

The start of Geoff Johns’s amazing run on JSA is collected in this massive hardcover that reintroduces the world’s first super team to the modern-day DC Universe! Collected here are JSA #1-25, JSA ANNUAL #1, JSA SECRET FILES #2, JLA/JSA: VIRTUE AND VICE, JSA: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1, JLA/JSA SECRET FILES #1, SECRET ORIGINS OF SUPER VILLAINS #1, JSA ALL STARS #1-8, ALL STAR COMICS #1-2, ALL AMERICAN COMICS #1, ADVENTURE COMICS #1, ADVENTURE COMICS #1, NATIONAL COMICS #1, SENSATION COMICS #1, SMASH COMICS #1, STAR SPANGLED COMICS #1 and THRILLING COMICS #1!

Why buy this when you can read The Baron's mammoth JSA project instead?

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #1

Writer: JEFF LEMIRE

Art/Cover: MIKE McKONE

1:50 Variant Cover: GENE HA

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with three covers.

In Canada, the team of Animal Man, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter and Stargirl is joined by Adam Strange to fight an unstoppable forced called the Unimaginable.

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

THE NEW 52 -- FUTURE'S END #2

Writer: KEITH GIFFEN, DAN JURGENS, BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE

Art: JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN

Cover: RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The entire DC Universe gathers to mourn a fallen hero! Plus the secrets of the DCU five years later arrive at Lois Lane’s door!

I wasn't terribly impressed with the FCBD issue or the first "real" issue, but I'll try to give "Future's End" more time to hook me.

Oh, and I'm guessing from the cover that Green Arrow is going to die. Don't worry, it's a time-travel story, so the Reset button is always present.

THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #4

Writer: ROB WILLIAMS

Art/Cover: SIMON COLEBY

On sale MAY 7 •

32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

As 1943 wears on, the war slides toward defeat for the Allies, and Hitler’s spy in London is a major reason for that. But a minor German Royal has promised the British that he will reveal the identity of the Nazi agent if they can rescue him from the war-ravaged city of Stalingrad. Prince Henry and Princess Rose are sent to hell on earth to retrieve this Prince Oscar of the Royal House of Hanover. But there are far more terrifying things hiding in the Russian rubble than enemy soldiers ...

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #45

Writer: GEORGIA BALL

Art/Cover: DAVE ALVAREZ

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

When the Primordial Ooze took over the water park, kids of all ages were disappointed. But then the Mystery Machine arrived in town, and the gang vowed to get to the bottom of things and clean up the mess!

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

You'd think, after all these years, they'd stop asking that question. He's RIGHT THERE.

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11: LANTERN #2

Writer: BRYAN Q. MILLER

Art: MARCIO TAKARA

Cover: CAT STAGGS

40 pg, FC, 2 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

Clark Kent is just beginning to grasp the potential of the Green Lantern ring, but all of John Stewart’s training hasn’t prepared him for the battle they’re about to face. Will Clark need to use his natural super powers to defeat an enemy John fears?

THE SPECTRE VOL. 1: CRIMES AND JUDGMENTS (TPB)

Written by JOHN OSTRANDER

Art and cover by TOM MANDRAKE

On sale MAY 14 •

320 pg, FC, $19.99 US

In these tales from THE SPECTRE #1-12, detective Jim Corrigan tries to end his mission as The Spectre. But the grisly crimes of a serial killer pull him back into the battle for justice – and send him on a trip to hell! Plus, Madame Xanadu tries to help Corrigan – but her help may lead one of them to suicide.

On the original cover all those skulls glowed in the dark. And, yes, it was awesome.

SUPERBOY #31

Writer: AARON KUDER

Art: JORGE JIMENEZ

Cover: KARL KERSCHL

On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The son of Superman returns to the present day DC Universe to shape the world into a metahuman-free society. With blood on his hands and murder in his heart, Superboy begins a plan to cure his own genetic disorder and change the future he was born into.

SUPERMAN: DOOMED #1

Writers: SCOTT LOBDELL, GREG PAK, CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: KEN LASHLEY

1:50 Variant Cover: EDUARDO RISSO

Blank Variant Cover available

ONE-SHOT • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with three covers.

Beginning the super-event you have been waiting for in The New 52: Superman vs. Doomsday in a way you’ve never seen before! And with Doomsday’s deadly new abilities, in this battle there can be no winners. The Man of Steel must unleash insane levels of power in order to do the job, only to terrify the world he’s saving. Beating Doomsday is only the beginning of this never ending battle!

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW ARCHIVES VOL. 3 (HC)

Written by OTTO BINDER, JERRY SIEGEL and others

Art by WAYNE BORING, CURT SWAN and others

Cover by CURT SWAN and STAN KAYE

ADVANCE RESOLICIT • 424 pg, FC, $75.00 U.S.

In these tales from the 1960s, Superman meets a super outlaw from Krypton, fights Titano the Super-Ape, battles Lex Luthor and more! Collects SUPERMAN #132-139 and stories from ACTION COMICS #255-266.

Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

This was originally solicited last year and has been bumped again several times after re-soliciting, but I don't know why. I think all these issues have already been digitalized for the "Showcase Presents: Superman" series, so it should be easy to re-purpose the pages for this collection. Well, whatever -- I'm just glad it's finally here.

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #8

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: TONY S. DANIEL and BATT

1:25 BATMAN ‘66 Variant Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

On sale MAY 14 •

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with three covers.

Continued from this month’s SUPERMAN: DOOMED #1! Wonder Woman must deal with what Superman is becoming. Will she have to slay her lover to save him?

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

WORLDS’ FINEST #23

Writer: PAUL LEVITZ

Art: R.B. SILVA and JOE WEEMS

Cover: BARRY KITSON

On sale MAY 14 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Can Huntress and Power Girl at last return to Earth 2? Now that the duo know their home world still exists, the heroines debate whether to return!

"Now that the duo know their home world still exists, the heroines debate whether to return!"

POWER GIRL: What's to debate? Let's go back to our homes, where all our loved ones are, where we grew up, where everyone knows us, where we don't have to live in the shadows, where we don't have to steal money from Bruce Wayne to survive.

HUNTRESS: If we go back, they'll cancel our book.

POWER GIRL: What the heck, I didn't want to lose the deposit on my apartment anyway.

DYNAMITE

ASH AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #7

Writer: STEVE NILES

Art: NACHO TENORIO

Covers: JUSTIN ERICKSON

Subscription Variant: DENNIS CALERO

Teen +/32 pages/$3.99

A new adventure awaits Ash in the Dark Wood as he tries to find Evil Sheila and the Book of the Dead. But Sheila is too busy trying to resurrect a new undead husband to bother with Ash.

MISS FURY #11

Writer: ROB WILLIAMS

Art: JACK HERBERT

Cover: BILLY TAN COVER

Variant Cover: ARDIAN SYAF

Variant Cover:COLTON WORLEY

Variant Cover:DENNIS CALERO

Teen + / 32 pages /

FINAL ISSUE!!! With Miss Fury now allied with US Naval Intelligence she is parachuted into wartime Europe in order to track down Schauburger's laboratory in Germany. Can she find her kidnapped lover, Captain Chandler, there? And who is attacking Schauburger during his garbled ghostly messages? Nazi forces are everywhere but a war can be fought on many fronts, as Miss Fury is about to discover ...

Long delayed, but evidently this is the last issue.

THE SHADOW #25

Writer: CHRIS ROBERSON

Artist: GIOVANNI TIMPANO

Cover: ALEX ROSS

Variant: DEAN MOTTER

Subscription Variant: DENNIS CALERO

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

FINAL ISSUE!!! The Zombie Queen of Chinatown and her undead horde have the city in a death's grip, and the Shadow knows that he cannot defeat them alone. Only with the help of his entire network of aides and associates is there a chance that he can save the city.

Also a last issue. But there are a number of Shadow one-shots and miniseries in the pipeline, including Howard Chaykin's The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow miniseries. Also, check out Cover C: Yep, it's another homage to Detective Comics #27.

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IDW PUBLISHING

24 #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: ED BRISSON

Art: MICHAEL GAYDOS

Cover: DAVIDE FURNO

Jack Bauer lives again! Before the Emmy Award-winning drama returns to your television with Live Another Day, find out what the heroic agent has been up to in the several years following the events of the final season. Re-starting the clock on the high-octane saga are writing sensation Ed Brisson (Secret Avengers) and Eisner Award nominee Michael Gaydos (Alias)!

• Jack Bauer returns ahead of the debut of the “Live Another Day” TV event!

• Written by Ed Brisson (Comeback, Secret Avengers)!

• Series covers by Davide Furnò (Scalped, 30 Days of Night)!

BEN 10 VOL 1 (TPB)

Writer: JASON HENDERSON

Art: GORDON PURCELL

Cover: EDDIE NUNEZ

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages

Ben Tennyson and his teammates kick off a maelstrom of action when an ocean cruise brings Ben in the cross hairs of Ssserpent, who’s out to find a long-lost underwater society. But does Ben's new, slightly oddball love interest harbor dark secrets of her own? Aliens, superpowers, ships, and swimsuits: the perfect ingredients for high-seas adventure.

Collects the first four issues of the new series!

DEFINITIVE FLASH GORDON AND JUNGLE JIM VOL 4 (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: ALEX RAYMOND

HC • FC • $75.00 • 160 pages • 12” x 16”

The grand conclusion to the multiple Eisner Award-nominated editions of Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim! Reproduced in the oversized Champagne Edition format are Raymond's spectacular Sunday pages from 1942-1944; also included is the first storyline by Austin Briggs, who followed Raymond's tenure.

Edited by Dean Mullaney, designed by Lorraine Turner, with an introduction by Bruce Canwell.

Nominated for two Eisner awards, for best newspaper strip reprint and best book design!

These collections are oversize so that you can really admire the art. Well worth the money.

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #202

Writer: LARRY HAMA

Art/Cover: S L GALLANT

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

With two new G.I. JOE headquarters active and ready to go, the Real American Hero team can tackle more threats than ever before! But after COBRA’s failed takeover of the Pit, the villainous organization takes a new tact and prepares for a new direction. Will G.I. JOE be up to the task of taking down the leaner, meaner COBRA? Find out in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202!

• A perfect jumping-on point to this classic series!

• Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

JACK KIRBY'S NEW GODS ARTIST'S EDITION (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: JACK KIRBY

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 144 Pages • 12” x 17”

Jack Kirby's New Gods Artist's Edition will collect Issues 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of NEW GODS -- the most important Fourth World book. Written and drawn by Jack Kirby, with inks by Mike Royer on all but one issue, this classic collection was originally published by DC Comics and is the very first Artist's Edition to feature the legendary artistic prowess of "King Kirby!" Nearly every page of this Artist's Edition has been scanned from the original art, and is presented in the multi award-winning format that was conceived and first presented by IDW Publishing!

Jack Kirby has correctly been called the King of Comics. In a career that began in the Golden Age of Comics, Kirby virtually kick-started the medium. He created (or co-created): Captain America, Manhunter, The Newsboy Legion, The Fantastic Four, Challengers of the Unknown, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk … the list goes on and on. Now, for the first time ever, you can see Jack Kirby's stunning originals in all their full-sized glory -- You think you've seen Jack Kirby's art before? You ain't seen nothing yet!

Advance-solicited for a March release!

I admire many things about Jack Kirby's work, but I never really thought of at as a fine art that would benefit from a larger size. But if you do, or are just a big Kirby fan, this book is right up your alley.

JUDGE DREDD #19

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: NELSON DANIEL

Cover: SHANE PIERCE

Subscription Variant: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

“The American Way of Death, part 3” -- The Hall of Justice has fallen. Sector 1 has been overrun by Judge Death and his cronies. The Chief Justice and Council of Five contemplate a desperate course of action that would have been unthinkable just a few days ago -- yet now seems like the only sane choice in a world gone mad. But who’s this walking through the ruins, clutching his Lawgiver and sentencing Death to you-know-what? Listen up, creeps -- it’s never over until Dredd says it’s over!

The penultimate chapter of the Dark Judges saga!

JUDGE DREDD VOL 4: 13 BADGES (TPB)

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: NELSON DANIEL

Cover: BRENDAN MCCARTHY

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages

Dredd returns to Mega-City One -- still recovering from the ravages of “The Long Fail” -- only to find the Justice Department under siege! Seems that someone has snuffed 12 Judges in creative and shocking ways.

Collects issues #13-16.

JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS VOL 1: APOCALYPSE WAR

Writers: JOHN WAGNER, ALAN GRANT

Art: MIKE MCMAHON, RON SMITH, STEVE DILLON, BRIAN BOLLAND, CARLOS EZQUERRA

Cover: JIM FERN

HC • FC • $24.99 • 192 pages • 8” x 10”

Re-presenting classic Judge Dredd tales with all-new colors by Charlie Kirchoff! In "Block Mania" Dredd must track down a villain who has poisoned the city, leading into the five-part "Apocalypse War," about the eruption of the long-contained tensions between Mega-City One and East-Meg One.

Collects issues #1–8.

Oh, sure, now that I've bought six volumes of classic Judge Dredd in B&W, IDW introduces color versions. Grrr!

KILL SHAKESPEARE #1 100 PENNY PRESS ED

Writer: CONOR MCCREERY, ANTHONY DEL

Art: ANDAY BELANGER

Cover: GLENN FABRY

FC • 32 pages • $1.00

In celebration of the launch of the Kill Shakespeare board game, IDW is proud to represent the book that started it all from our line of affordable reprints! Find out why everyone is talking about this brilliant re-imagining of the Bard, and his beloved characters. What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time!

LOCKE & KEY: HEAD GAMES #1 100 PENNY PRESS ED

Writer: JOE HILL

Art/Cover: GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ

FC • 32 pages • $1.00

Locke & Key might have recently wrapped but the series is still finding new audiences every month. Here’s a value-priced way to experience the start of the series’ second storyline, the critically acclaimed Head Games!

MARS ATTACKS: FIRST BORN #1 (of 4)

Writer: CHRIS RYALL

Art/Cover: SAM KIETH

Subscription Variant: LOSTON WALLACE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

It’s Mars Attacks like you’ve never seen it, from the co-creator of The Maxx and the team behind The Hollows! When Mars attacked Earth, the battle left no side unscarred, least of all a lonely old man and his blind niece…along with the first Martian child born on Earth! Will the child’s warlike ways take over, or is there more going on here than it seems?

Mars Attacks by the creators of The Hollows!

THE RED STAR TREASURY EDITION

Writer/Art/Cover: CHRISTIAN GOSSETT

FC • 64 pages • 9.25” x 14.25” • $9.99

The Red Star returns! Christian Gossett's landmark series redefined what a comic book could look like, while the story's rich history and brutal world brought motion picture scope to the comic page. Now the massive tale is presented in deluxe form, starting with this collection of annuals and one-shots! Including 2002's "Run Makita Run," 2013's 16-page "Rapid Fire," previously seen only in Geek magazine, and more.

Featuring an all-new cover from Christian Gossett!

The Red Star deluxe hardcovers start next month!

I really enjoyed Red Star at first, but it always came out erratically and then the story started going in boring directions and then I sorta ... lost track of it. But the early work put UDON on the map, and hopefully this re-launch may correct some of the errors of the first version.

ROGUE TROOPER CLASSICS #1 (of 12)

Writer: GERRY FINLEY-DAY

Art: DAVE GIBBONS

Cover: JOHN MCCREA

Subscription Variant: DAVE GIBBONS

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!

As I've said before, what I remember about the original "Rogue Trooper": Good art, shallow stories.

STAR TREK ANNUAL 2013 (2ND PTG)

Writer/Art/Cover: JOHN BYRNE

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

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

Special “fotonovel” story and photo manipulation by John Byrne!

STAR TREK: NEW VISIONS #1: THE MIRROR, CRACKED

Writer/Art/Photo Manipulation: JOHN BYRNE

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Last year, comic-book legend, John Byrne set out “to explore strange new worlds” within the Star Trek universe, using a unique technique, the photonovel. The resulting Star Trek Annual 2013, which is completely sold out through Diamond and headed for a second printing, was a creative success due to this distinctive storytelling device. This May, Byrne will continue his quest “to seek out new life and new civilizations” using the photonovel format to produce an ongoing bi-monthly series, Star Trek: New Visions.

“What John does on these photonovel stories is nothing short of amazing,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Office/Editor-in-Chief. “He’s moved far beyond photo-manipulation and montage to constructing his own set pieces, uniforms and characters. Much more than just comic stories, these tales are the closest thing to Original Series-era ‘lost episodes’ that the world will ever see.”

Each issue of this all-new series will be an extra-length affair. New Visions begins by going through the looking glass to tell the story of what happened after the classic “Mirror, Mirror” episode of the original series. In issue #1, “The Mirror, Cracked,” the crew of the Starship Enterprise discovers two strangers in their midst, and things take a turn when they learn that one of them has made a pact with one of James Kirk’s oldest foes.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CLASSICS VOL 8 (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: JIM LAWSON

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 pages

Volume 8 begins collecting the Mirage Studios series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 2 that ran from 1993–1995. Includes the stories "Memories of the Future," "Winds of Change," "Evolution," "Intruders," and "Death Race", all written and drawn by Turtles veteran Jim Lawson.

Collects the first five issues of TMNT, Vol. 2 (Mirage)!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #11

Writer: DEREK FRIDOLFS

Art: DARIO BRIZUELA, CHAD THOMAS

Cover: DARIO BRIZUELA

Variant: MARCELO FERREIRA

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

When a malfunctioning Footbot starts following Mikey’s lead, he’s convinced he’s got the perfect sidekick! But what happens when his brothers find out and the Foot comes looking for it? Plus, Part 1 of a LEGO® tribute to the classic TMNT origin story!

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #29: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

Writer: JAMES ROBERTS

Art/Cover: ALEX MILNE

Variant: MARCELO MATERE

Subscription Variant: NICK ROCHE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

STAND-OFF! While the crew of the Lost Light react to MEGATRON’s arrival with characteristic maturity (calling him names behind his back and ignoring him when he speaks) one AUTOBOT is convinced that a more direct approach is needed. Guess what happens when a one-time tyrant is told he’s not wanted? Yeah, exactly.

• DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS continues!

• The secrets of MEGATRON joining the Lost Light are revealed!

TRANSFORMERS: REGENERATION ONE VOL 4 (TPB)

Writer: SIMON FURMAN

Art: GUIDO GUIDI

Cover: ANDREW WILDMAN

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 132 pages

Rodimus Prime struggles to comprehend what is happening as dark forces rise and an invasion begins the war to end all wars. Collects issues #96-100.

The Epic Conclusion of Transformers: Regeneration One!

WEIRD LOVE #1

Writers: JOE GILL, CUPID & more

Art: JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, VINNIE COLLETTA, AL TEWKS, NORMAN NODEL & more

Cover: OGDEN WHITNEY

FC • 48 pages • $3.99

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air and it smells WEIRD! It must be because IDW Publishing and Yoe Books! have shacked up again to collect the most sexy, bizarre, sick, twisted, politically incorrect, kinky “romance” comics of the 1950s and beyond in WEIRD Love.

"Amazingly in the repressed 1950s and the anything-goes 1960s in some so-called 'romance' comics, there were some stories jaw-dropping sick, perverse, strange, kinky, twisted, and by today's standards horribly politically incorrect. Only some kind of depraved person would now reprint them,” says Craig Yoe, “So, I am very excited and proud to be reprinting these gems!"

The aberrant spawn of our weird love will be released into the world this May. The bi-monthly comic, (and we hope you aren't prejudice against bi-monthlies), will publish such luridly illustrated pulp comics classics like “Love of a Lunatic,” “I Fell for a Commie,” “I Liked Older Men,” and “There's No Romance in Rock 'n Roll.” More bizarro stories will include “I Was Too Beautiful,” “I Was A Pickup,” “I Joined a Teenage Sex Cult,” not to mention “You Also Snore, Darling!” These are sure to elicit a fair amount of “OMG-I-Can’t -Believe-This!” moments, we promise.

This full-color collector’s edition which begins the WEIRD Love series “ends” with a pre-code comics ode to the female derrier(!). No wonder the censors wanted this stuff banned! Sure to be a must-have big-buzz comic -- and it's bargain-priced! Who says love isn’t cheap?

WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND #6 (of 7)

Writer: JOE HILL

Art/Cover: CHARLES P. WILSON III

Subscription Variant: GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Chapter 5: “Shoot the Moon.” A laughing malevolent moon rises over Christmasland, and turns red snow black, as Agnes Claiborne and Chess Llewellyn make a final doomed, desperate run for freedom. Every cruel child is on the hunt for them; every cruel ride is engineered for their destruction. As if that wasn't bad enough, King Geek is looking to claim a new title for himself... as the new Lord of Christmasland!

Spinning out of the NY Times Bestselling novel NOS4A2

Written by NOS4A2 author/Locke & Key scribeJoe Hill!

IMAGE COMICS

THE BOUNCE #12

Story: JOE CASEY

Art/Cover: DAVID MESSINA

APRIL 30 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

GET READY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD!

Nothing you've seen so far could prepare you for the event that occurs in this issue! And the Bounce is at ground zero! After this, NOTHING will ever be the same! BUY IT AND LOVE IT!

THE FIELD #2 (of 4)

Story: ED BRISSON

Art / Cover: SIMON ROY

MAY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

The Smoke Eaters are in hot pursuit of Christian and our still-nameless hero. Secrets will be revealed! Friends will be betrayed! A man's face will be turned into hamburger!

KRAMPUS! #5

Story: BRIAN JOINES

Art/Cover: DEAN KOTZ

APRIL 30 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+
/ $2.99

The bad news: as blizzards rage across the globe, humanity’s fate rests with the Krampus deciding who he stands with -- his oppressors in the Society of Santa Clauses or the mastermind who rendered them powerless. The worse news: The Krampus is no fan of humanity. The first storyline concludes here!

I know it's economically impratical, but they should publish one Krampus TPB each Christmas with a whole story, rather than drag Christmas through the entire year with these monthlies.

MANIFEST DESTINY #6 (2ND PTG)

Story: CHRIS DINGESS

Art/Cover: MATTHEW ROBERTS

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

The sixth issue of Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts’ critically acclaimed Skybound series MANIFEST DESTINY -- for which orders keep escalating despite constant sell-outs of every issue -- sold out quickly, and will go into its 2nd printing. The journey is just beginning ...

Praise for 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.” -- Marykate Jasper, Comic Book Resources

“Salvation lies west, and Manifest Destiny is proof -- taking a smart spin on otherwise barren narrative territory, Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni have produced an opening issue that will pique your interest and get you invested in our heroes. This is the kind of trailblazing you won't want to miss.” -- David Pepose, Newsarama

“Dingess and Roberts have done a terrific job here, establishing the ugly side as well as the wonder of this expedition to the West. Manifest Destiny is looking to be one revelatory journey.” -- Michelle White, Multiversity Comics

“Manifest Destiny #1 promises to be some really solid storytelling, focusing on a time when the world was still a mystery to those who thought themselves above it, and a world which too often valued the pioneer spirit above basic human decency.”-- Andy Hunsaker, Crave Online

“It is way too early to start making best comics of the year lists, but we can safely put Manifest Destiny on the contenders list.” -- Cody Ferrell, Comic Book Therapy

MANIFEST DESTINY VOL 1 (TPB)

Story: CHRIS DINGESS

Art / Cover: MATTHEW ROBERTS & OWEN GIENI

MAY 14 / 128 PAGES / FC/ T+ / $9.99

Collects MANIFEST DESTINY #1-6

SKYBOUND’S NEWEST SOLD-OUT HIT IS AVAILABLE IN TRADE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT A SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE!

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

The real Lewis and Clark expedition they don’t want you to know about!

Every American learns the story: At the start of the 19th century, the vast West of the North American continent is unknown to white men who have colonized the East, so President Thomas Jefferson sends Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the new frontier and report on what they find. MANIFEST DESTINY, the new hit comic book from Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics imprint SKYBOUND, begins with this familiar scenario, but where it -- and Lewis and Clark -- ends up is somewhere much different from what we learned in history class.

The first volume of MANIFEST DESTINY by Chris Dingess (Being Human) and Matthew Roberts (BATTLE POPE), out in May, chronicles their journey across the uncharted wilderness, where they encounter a most unnatural phenomenon. Aided by their crew of increasingly frightened men, French-Canadian explorer Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark investigate a strange illness that turns living creatures into ferocious, mindless beasts.

MANIFEST DESTINY VOLUME 1 collects the first six issues of the critically-acclaimed multi-sell-out series, and is a must-read for any fan of alternative history and horror-tinged adventure. It will be in comic book stores on May 14 and in book stores on May 27 and is has a special introductory price of just $9.99.

Praise for MANIFEST DESTINY:

“Chris Dinges, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni conjure up a wild landscape that's as beautiful as it is eerie and deadly.” -- David Pepose, Newsarama

“Manifest Destiny is the latest, and perhaps most vital, entry into the 'alternate history' genre that comics like to play around in quite often. It is also one of the most exciting and unheralded new books on the stands." -- Vincent Ostrokowski, Multiversity Comics

"Manifest Destiny is one of those books that I look forward to every single month because I know it is going to entertain, enthrall and leave me wanting more. It is the kind of comic book that transcends and defies labels. It appeals to sci-fi fans, adventure fans as well as the overall comic book connoisseur, there is something in this book that will grab you and bring you back, trust me. If you haven’t been reading it give it a try, its good stuff." -- Shawn Warner, Bag and Bored

I've ordered this from Amazon. Looking forward to it!

MICE TEMPLAR IV: LEGEND #10

Story: BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Art: VICTOR SANTOS & SERENA GUERRA

Cover A: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Cover B: VICTOR SANTOS & CHANDRA FREE

MAY 14 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

“LIKE A TORCH TO THE KINDLING”

Pilot the Tall invokes Death Magic to discover the truth behind Karic's destiny and what he discovers promises doom to all who follow the noble young mouse. Meanwhile, Karic and Cassius return to the Field of Ruin -- Avalon, where the Templar fell -- and must prove their loyalty to the assembled remnant, as well as their identity to ravenous cats seeking his legend.

MINIMUM WAGE #5

Story: BOB FINGERMAN

Art / Cover: BOB FINGERMAN

MAY 14 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Alone in his new place with nothing but wisecracking radioactive horseshoe crabs, adult gigs, and his own toxic thoughts, Rob plays matchmaker and also embarks on a clandestine courtship with a saucily familiar face in the fifth chapter of BOB FINGERMAN’s so-real-it-hurts series.

Heavy Jack Davis influence on this cover.

SHUTTER #2

Story: JOE KEATINGE

Art / Cover A: LEILA DEL DUCA

Cover B: PIOTR KOWALSKI

MAY 14 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Kate Kristopher has been kidnapped by a robot, a few rat kids in cute outfits and a bunch of ninja ghosts. Luckily the NYPD pursues them in their flying saucers. Everything goes horribly wrong. Death happens.

STARLIGHT #3

Story: MARK MILLAR

Art / Cover A: GORAN PARLOV

Cover B: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

MAY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Duke and his young companion begin their first adventure together! To the people of Tantalus, Duke is a hero and savior. Now, he’s their last chance to vanquish the new menace that has invaded the peace-loving world he left behind. But four decades have passed: Duke’s not the young man he once was, and the enemy he faces is more powerful than anything he faced in the good old days. The stakes are raised, and the weight of Duke’s own conscience might be his heaviest burden yet!

Wow, a Mark Millar book that's coming out more-or-less monthly! The cynic in me says "Let's see how long THAT lasts." But the trade-waiter in me doesn't care. It's just the old buy-the-books-monthly fan in me that gets annoyed with lateness, and his voice grows quieter every day.

STRAY BULLETS: KILLERS #3

Story / Art / Cover: DAVID LAPHAM

MAY 14 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.50

For fifty-five years Paul has lived the life of a dead man, crushed by the weight of routine and responsibility, of sacrifice to his supposed LOVED ONES. Other people seem so alive, so...happy. Paul's seen them, and he wants to be one of them. Today, in his fifty-fifth year, Paul is going to stop living in fear. He's going to throw off the yoke of his oppressors. He's going to do the things he's always wanted to do before life slips him by. But first Paul's going to craft a plan. A cunning plan to hurt and kill his enemies ...

The cover on the left came with the solicits two months ago, while the cover on the right was made available Friday, May 10. I assume, therefore, that the one on the right is the actual cover. The one on the left is, I guess, just a bonus for you Comics Guide readers!

TALES FROM THE CON: YEAR ONE

Story: BRAD GUIGAR

Art / Cover : CHRIS GIARRUSSO

MAY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / E / $3.50

Collects the first year of TALES FROM THE CON along with bonus material

If you've been to a comic convention, you'll recognize the scenes in TALES FROM THE CON, the irreverent webcomic that has appeared on the Emerald City Comicon website since 2012.

Written by Eisner-nominee BRAD GUIGAR (HOW TO MAKE WEBCOMICS, Evil Inc.) and illustrated by CHRIS GIARRUSSO (G-MAN, Mini Marvels), TALES FROM THE CON is an uproarious take on the world of comic books and conventions. Fanboys, fangirls, cosplayers, retailers, volunteers and pros repeatedly collide on the convention floor (and beyond) to prove that comic conventions are one part festival, two parts group therapy.

I was never a big fan of autobiographical comics, because they're usually done by twentysomethings whose experiences aren't as interesting or unique as the authors think they are. I'm guessing this will fall into that category.

THINK TANK: FUN WITH PTSD #1

Writer: MATT HAWKINS

Art/Cover: RAHSAN EKEDAL

MARCH 26 / 48 PAGES / BW / T+ / $4.99

SPECIAL OVERSIZED ISSUE!

Dr. David Loren tries to help a SEAL team member overcome his PTSD in a story that will make you laugh and cry. Plus Zero G dogs!

THE WALKING DEAD #127

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, & CLIFF RATHBURN

Cover: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART

MAY 14 / 56 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE FOR ONLY $2.99! In the aftermath of “ALL OUT WAR” we discover ... A NEW BEGINNING.

Oh, thank God. I thought "All Out War" was going to last longer than Afghanistan.

MARVEL COMICS

AGE OF ULTRON COMPANION (TPB)

Written by AL EWING, MATT FRACTION, CULLEN BUNN, CHRISTOS GAGE, KATHRYN IMMONEN, GERRY DUGGAN, RICK REMENDER, MATT KINDT & MARK WAID

Penciled by BUTCH GUICE, ANDRE ARAUJO, PHIL JIMENEZ, DEXTER SOY, AMILCAR PINNA, ADAM KUBERT & PACO MEDINA

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

200 PGS./Rated T+/$29.99

As Ultron’s onslaught continues across the planet, Black Widow pays a high price in San Francisco and Captain Marvel joins Captain Britain in a fight to save London! The Fantastic Four return from a jaunt across time and space in a futile bid to save their homeworld! Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man, believes it will be simple to vanquish an A.I. threat … but his vanity will prove his undoing! And in Los Angeles, Ultron’s “son” -- the android Runaway Victor Mancha -- battles to prove he’s nothing like his “father.” Ultron’s attack also batters the Fearless Defenders, Uncanny Avengers, Wolverine and more. And in the aftermath, witness a dramatic change for founding Avenger Hank Pym! Collecting AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #14AU-15AU, FANTASTIC FOUR (2013) #5AU, FEARLESS DEFENDERS #4AU, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6AU, ULTRON #1AU, UNCANNY AVENGERS #8AU, WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #27AU and AGE OF ULTRON #10AI.

"And in the aftermath, witness a dramatic change for founding Avenger Hank Pym!"

Wait, what? I thought I read all these stories in the Age of Ultron HC, but I don't remember a dramatic change in Hank Pym! Did he get bigger smaller crazier wife-beatier ant-ier more normal?

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #3

Writer: FELIPE SMITH

Art/Cover: TRADD MOORE

Variant Cover: FELIPE SMITH

Artist Variant Cover: MARK TEXEIRA

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

“ENGINES OF VENGEANCE” PART 3

• Ronnie meets the mysterious entity behind his possession

• Is the all-new GHOST RIDER a hero or a villain?

• MR. HYDE takes on the street gangs while a thug discovers the power of DR. ZABO’S pills.

I never thought about it before, but if Zabo's formula ever became common knowledge, couldn't there be an army of Mr. and Ms. Hydes?

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #2

Writer: MICHEL FIFFE

Art: AMILCAR PINNA

Cover: DAVID NAKAYAMA

Artist Variant Cover: RON WIMBERLY

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

THE NEXT GENERATION OF ULTIMATES!

• The YOUNG ULTIMATES are put to the test as they try to survive their first mission: going head to head with the city’s most ruthless gang, the SERPENT SKULLS.

• KITTY PRYDE takes the bait and finally joins the team in an effort to push back the unrelenting wave of brutality.

• Jessica Drew takes on the mantle of BLACK WIDOW!!!

ALL-NEW X-MEN #27

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: STUART IMMONEN

75th Anniversary Cover: ALEX ROSS

75th Anniversary Sketch Variant Cover: ALEX ROSS

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

The future Brotherhood of Evil Mutants has returned, and Marvel is proud to present your first look at ALL-NEW X-MEN #27 -- from the New York Times Bestselling creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen. Last seen in the blockbuster Battle of the Atom, Raze, Molly Hayes, Charles Xavier III and the Ice Hulk have gone underground, plotting their next move against the All-New X-Men! Jean Grey returned from space different, manifesting new and uncontrollable powers. Could it be that the Brotherhood was right about her? As they prepare to make their devastating move against the original X-Men, these two teams will come to Earth shattering blows once more! When the dust settles, who will be left standing? Find out when ALL-NEW X-MEN #27 explodes into comic shops this May!

That Alex Ross cover depicts the All-New X-Men in their 1967 costumes, but Jean Grey re-adopting her green miniskirt on the inside is probably too much to hope for.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: PETER PARKER – THE ONE AND ONLY (TPB)

Written by DAVID MORRELL, JOE CASEY, JEN VAN METER, CLAY CHAPMAN, BRIAN REED & KEVIN GRIEVIOUX

Penciled by KLAUS JANSON, TIMOTHY GREEN II, EMMA RIOS, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, SEAN CHEN & LEE WEEKS

Cover by TBA

168 PGS./Rated T/$16.99

It’s a celebration of the world’s greatest super hero as some of Marvel’s most talented creators spin tales of the original Spider-Man: Peter Parker!

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

• What is the Black Lodge? And how has Spider-Man been trapped there, surrounded by his deadliest foes?

• Spider-Man teams up with his old flame the Black Cat to bust an international art thievery ring!

• A young boy learns he can’t rely on super heroes like Spider-Man to stand up against bullies!

• Spidey and the Human Torch must stop an apocalyptic future by fighting … the Fantastic Four?!

• It’s a touching tale as a young child risks his life to save Spider-Man’s!

Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.1-700.5.

You know, I don't think I ever got around to getting these when they first came out. Can anyone recommend these stories?
AVENGERS #29

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art by LEINIL YU

Cover by FRANK CHO

Sketch Variant also available

40 PGS./Rated T+/$4.99

Bonus Digital Addition Included

ORIGINAL SIN TIE-IN

WHAT DID HE SEE?

The collision of the Avengers and New Avengers is imminent as treacheries come to light in AVENGERS #29 -- an Original Sin tie-in!

The Illuminati, a secret cabal of the Marvel Universe’s greatest minds, was brought together for a single purpose -- to protect the world from the threat of multiversal armageddon. But to save our entire universe, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, Namor, The Black Panther, The Beast and Black Bolt would have to do the unthinkable.

To protect their secret, they tampered with the memories of Captain America -- erasing his knowledge of their terrible acts. But no secret stays buried forever. And Steve Rogers is about to discover the betrayal of his closest allies.

“Everything that has been going on in AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS virtually from the start has been building to this moment,” says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “Now, all the cards are on the table -- and the fallout from the Illuminati’s decision to erase Cap’s memories is going to require everybody to choose a side. From this point forward, events will accelerate faster and faster towards a shattering and unexpected climax! But first, the future awaits!”

With Captain America’s memories restored, the Illuminati’s days are numbered. The clash of the Avengers and New Avengers is upon us. What shocking secrets have Tony Stark and his secret inner circle been keeping? Find out as the truth stands revealed in AVENGERS #29!

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #4

Writer: DENNIS HOPELESS

Art: KEV WALKER

Cover: FRANCESCO MATTINA

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

“DESCENT” PART 4 (OF 4): BARON ZEMO MAKES OUR YOUNG HEROES AN OFFER THEY CAN’T REFUSE!

• What did the teen survivors of Murder World do last issue to become Public Enemy #1—and what does Zemo tempt them with in response?

• Who accepts Zemo’s invite? And who goes rogue?

• Our first arc comes to a chilling close -- and what happens here makes it too late for our heroes to go back!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #20

Writer: RICK REMENDER

Art/Cover: NIC KLEIN

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

• Gungnir’s true power exposed! This is the day when it all changes; this is the beginning of the end.

• Dr. Mindbubble has learned a secret that will shatter the life of Captain America.

• The Iron Nail’s true power revealed! This is it, the fight that will change the life of Steve Rogers forever after!

"... the beginning of the end."

"... a secret that will shatter the life of Captain America."

"... the fight that will change the life of Steve Rogers forever after!"

Wow, can you say "hyperbole," boys and girls?

CAPTAIN MARVEL #3

Writer: KELLY SUE DECONNICK

Art/Cover: DAVID LOPEZ

Artist Variant: ART ADAMS

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• Captain Marvel & The Guardians of the Galaxy!

• Carol takes her mysterious alien passenger home ... and lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance!

• Does our good soldier obey orders -- or defy the Avengers and side with David against Goliath? Two guesses. First one doesn’t count.

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1 (OF 4)

Writer: MIKE BENSON

Art: TAN ENG HUAT

Cover: DAVE JOHNSON

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

MURDER! MYSTERY! MARTIAL ARTS!

This May, the Master of Kung-Fu returns for an all-new limited series full of murder, mystery and martial arts in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG-FU #1 – from the creative team of Mike Benson (Deadpool Pulp) and Tan Eng Huat (X-Men Legacy)!

Hero. Teacher. Agent. Avenger. Shang-Chi has been many things. But this time, Marvel Universe’s most impressive hand-to-hand combatant is only one – vengeful! A highly trained MI-6 agent has been murdered in cold blood. One with deep ties to Shang-Chi’s past. As he journey’s to England to pay his respects, he’ll learn not all is as it seems. And if he’s not careful, he’s going to be the next body to drop!

“We’re really pushing Shang-Chi into the spotlight,” says series Editor Jake Thomas. “Here’s a guy who is part Bruce Lee, part James Bond, which seems like a perfect recipe to me! Mike’s written a story that is really going to surprise people, and getting Tan Eng Huat to draw wild kung-fu action sequences is an absolute dream. It’s got both cold, brutal espionage action along with the heart and soul of an old-school kung-fu quest. I could not possible be more excited for this story!”

Old friends and new enemies lie around each and every turn. And Shang-Chi stands alone against scored of deadly foes. Don’t miss a minute of the action when espionage and kung-fu collide this May in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1!

DEADPOOL #28

Writer: GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN

Art: SCOTT KOBLISH

Cover: GURI HIRU

Variant Cover: MARK BROOKS

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

• Deadpool and his bride go on a honeymoon … to Japan!

• How will married life agree with our mouthy merc?

• Will he start doing the “take my wife” joke all the time?

DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE #1 (2ND PTG)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by SALVA ESPIN

Cover by GLENN FABRY

Two red-suited madmen for the price of one! That's right - good crazy vs. bad crazy, once and for all! And you can bet it's gonna be a bloody one!

“… plenty of entertainment value … an enjoyable read” -- IGN

FANTASTIC FOUR #4

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art/Cover: LEONARD KIRK

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

“THE FALL OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR” PART 4

• FLAME OFF!!! JOHNNY STORM has lost his powers! • The HUMAN TORCH is no more!!!

• With one member down, a new threat emerges -- the WRECKING CREW ... with powers mysteriously elevated to A-level destruction as they team-up with the WIZARD to be a new, devastating version of the FRIGHTFUL FOUR!

• And as BEN and ALICIA’S romance rekindles, so looms the PUPPET MASTER with dark plans for both of them.

• All this and the return of FF members ANT-MAN, MS. THING and SHE-HULK.

This storyline is such a cliche that I get tired just reading the solicitations.

HULK BY JEPH LOEB: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2 (TPB)

Written by JEPH LOEB

Penciled by ED MCGUINNESS, IAN CHURCHILL, WHILCE PORTACIO & JOHN ROMITA JR.

Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

440 PGS./Rated T+/$34.99

Domino might have just discovered the Red Hulk’s identity, and he can’t have that. But X-Force is protecting her, so Rulk recruits a little help of his own. Enter Code Red: Punisher! Thundra! Crimson Dynamo! Deadpool! Elektra! But whose side is the mysterious new Red She-Hulk on? And when Red Hulk and Bruce Banner form an uneasy alliance to defeat a conspiracy bent on taking down the U.S. government, Hulks will fall! As the Intelligencia make its long-awaited move, the Red Hulk’s identity is revealed! Everything Hulk fans have been waiting for pays off here, but it only whets the appetite for the epic final showdown between red and green Hulks — a cataclysmic battle that will settle who comes out on top once and for all! Collecting HULK (2008) #13-24 and FALL OF THE HULKS: GAMMA.

IRON MAN #25

Writer: KIERON GILLEN 

Art: LUKE ROSS

Cover: MIKE DEL MUNDO

Variant:JOHN ROMITA JR.

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

THE NEW EPIC CONTINUES, “RINGS OF THE MANDARINS”

• When the DARK ELVES grow tired of tales of joyous torture and want to scare each other, what do they talk about?

• “The Night Of The IRON MAN.”

• Also: THE MANDARINS have had enough. Time to say hello.

IRON MAN VOL. 4: IRON METROPOLITAN PREMIERE (HC)

Written by KIERON GILLEN

Penciled by JOE BENNETT

Cover by PAUL RIVOCHE

136 PGS./Rated T+/$24.99

Trim size: standard

Tony Stark has returned from space with a vision of a better world. But who is his secret ally, what is his secret resource — and who would try to stop him? It’s the grand unveiling of the core of Troy, Tony’s Iron Metropolitan city of tomorrow! What could go wrong? Well, Pepper could meet P.E.P.P.E.R., or discover Tony’s family secret -- or both! And if the Mandarin is truly dead, then who is Mandarin-Seven: Red Peril -- and how did they get the villain’s rings? As the Iron Phalanx attacks and the skies burn red above Troy, Iron Man investigates the Mandarins. Meanwhile Red Peril uncovers Troy’s shocking secret! And will an Inhuman threaten Tony’s city of tomorrow? Guest starring Jim Rhodes, the Iron Patriot! Collecting IRON MAN (2012) #18-22 and #20.INH.

LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #3 (2ND PTG)

Written by AL EWING

Art by LEE GARBETT

Cover by JENNY FRISON

Loki heads back to the dawn of Asgard to join its greatest heroes on a quest for an otter-skin of gold, the heart's-blood of a dragon ... and a certain magical sword. Meanwhile, Loki does not appear in this issue. Both these statements are, for once, true.

MAGNETO #2 (2ND PTG)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA

Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE

Horrors from Magneto's past inform his decisions in the present as he hunts down the source of the newest threat to mutantkind. Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. catches a glimpse of Magneto's new band of followers ...

“10/10. This book is different in all the best ways possible” -- ComicVine

Looking forward to the first trade of this series! I never could buy into a Magneto who took orders from Cyclops. Bring on the bad guy!

MARVEL KNIGHTS: X-MEN -- HAUNTED (TPB)

Written by BRAHM REVEL

Penciled by BRAHM REVEL

Cover by BRAHM REVEL

112 PGS./Rated T+/$16.99

It’s a gritty mutant murder mystery told by talented creator Brahm Revel (Guerillas)! Wolverine, Kitty Pryde and Rogue travel to a backwoods town to save new mutants’ lives. But their help may not be welcome — and the murderer may be closer to them than they think. In a small cabin in the woods, the X-Men find a young mutant learning to control her powers — but she’s not alone! As the X-Men are ambushed by a horde of super villains and two new mutants’ powers begin to spiral out of control, can the heroes save an entire town? Or as infighting threatens to pit teammate against teammate, will the scattered and manipulated X-Men fall to an army of foes ripped from their own minds? What happens when your past comes back … to kill you? Collecting MARVEL KNIGHTS X-MEN #1-5.

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7

Adapted by JOE CARAMAGNA

32 PGS./All Ages/$2.99

• The ultra-powerfull Hyperion arrives to save the Earth, but his methods are too extreme

• The Avengers must stand up to Hyperion’s might to save humanity from total domination.

Weirdly, Diamond's site insists this is issue #8.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 8 (HC)

Written by GERRY CONWAY with ROY THOMAS, GARY FRIEDRICH & MIMI GOLD

Penciled by GENE COLAN with JOHN BUSCEMA, DON HECK, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH & ALAN WEISS

Cover by JOHN ROMITA

One of the greatest eras in the history of the Man Without Fear begins here! In 1971, DD’s new writer, Gerry Conway, and master artist Gene Colan were joined by Tom Palmer to form a creative team that captivated readers. Meanwhile, the Black Widow, fresh off of her own solo adventures—all of which are presented in this volume in stunning MASTERWORKS quality—joined Daredevil, and one of Marvel’s greatest duos was born! The action includes revolutionaries, a battle against Spider-Man and the Sub-Mariner, the Man-Bull, the Owl, the Scorpion, the conclusion of the Mr. Kline saga, and the trial of the Black Widow. The drama isn’t all action: With the Black Widow in Daredevil’s life, what will become of Matt Murdock’s relationship with the lovely Karen Page? Collecting DAREDEVIL (1964) #75-84 and material from AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1-8.

312 PGS/Rated T/$69.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 8 HC -- VARIANT EDITION VOL. 206 (DM ONLY)

312 PGS./Rated T/$69.99

MOON KNIGHT #2 (2ND PTG)

Written by WARREN ELLIS

Art & Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY

The best new comic of 2014 continues with a story that has to be experienced to be believed

“This is one mesmerizing comic book” -- IGN

Seriously, Marvel, can you stop all this 2nd and 3rd printing nonsense and just print enough books to meet demand? You're not fooling anyone, you know.

NEW AVENGERS #18

Writer: JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art: VALERIO SCHITI

Cover: DUSTIN WEAVER

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• In all of creation, only one Earth has successfully met and triumphed over each Incursion that has threatened it: the Earth of the heroes of the Great Society!

• Guess which Earth is on a collision course with ours?

NIGHTCRAWLER #2

Writer: CHRIS CLAREMONT

Art: TODD NAUCK

Cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE

Variant: TIM SALE

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

Nightcrawler’s loved ones have been targeted -- and it’s up to him to put an end to it in NIGHTCRAWLER #2, the next exciting chapter from legendary writer Chris Claremont and fan-favorite artist Todd Nauck! Someone is hunting down those close to Kurt Wagner, and he’s determined to find out who. The journey will take the newly-resurrected Nightcrawler across the globe to save his nearest and dearest from suffering the same tragic fate he only recently escaped. Classic X-Men characters meet new and deadly threats when the exciting NIGHTCRAWLER #2 teleports its way into comic shops this May!

SECRET AVENGERS #3

Writer: ALES KOT

Art: MICHAEL WALSH

Cover: TRADD MOORE

Variant Cover: RAGS MORALES

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

“POST-NUCLEAR”

• A post-nuclear warhead has gone missing in the Middle East. Eighteen S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are dead. Who you gonna call?

• What happens when Black Widow and Lady Bullseye meet? Sparkles. And what happens when you get too many sparkles? Explosions, that’s what.

• While Phil Coulson struggles with his new problem, Maria Hill deals with her old one: MODOK is up to something.

SHE-HULK BY DAN SLOTT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2 (TPB)

Written by DAN SLOTT & TY TEMPLETON

Penciled by WILL CONRAD, PAUL SMITH, RON FRENZ, RICK BURCHETT & EDUARDO BARRETO

Cover by GREG HORN

408 PGS./Rated T+/$34.99

She-Hulk’s strange adventures continue as she takes on her first superhuman sexual-assault case — against fellow Avenger Starfox! And when the Civil War threatens the rights of every American hero, whose side will Shulkie fight for? Plus: She-Hulk teams with Two-Gun Kid to hunt down the Man-Wolf — a.k.a. her new husband, John Jameson! And after the Illuminati shoot the Hulk into space, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits She-Hulk to fight all his bad guys — from Abomination to Zzzax — but do they have a hidden agenda? And why are so many people acting out of character, including She-Hulk? All this and the action-packed origin of Awesome Andy! Dan Slott’s fan-favorite run is collected in two massive volumes, so join She-Hulk as she deals with the bizarre legal problems of the Marvel Universe! Collecting SHE-HULK (2005) #6-21 and material from MARVEL WESTERNS: TWO-GUN KID #1.

If you're enjoying the current She-Hulk series, you ought to do yourself a favor and read this trade, which represents the last time Jennie had a good series.

THE TWELVE: THE COMPLETE SERIES (TPB)

Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI & CHRIS WESTON

Penciled by CHRIS WESTON

Cover by KAARE ANDREWS

328 PGS./Rated T+/$29.99

Yesterday’s men of tomorrow -- today! The Phantom Reporter. Electro. The Black Widow. The Laughing Mask. The Blue Blade. Dynamic Man. Mastermind Excello. Mister E. The Fiery Mask. The Witness. Rockman. Captain Wonder. Lying dormant for sixty years, these twelve heroes awaken in a tormented world that needs them more than ever. But has the world grown beyond their brand of old-fashioned heroism? Behold the stunning post-modernist tale of sacrifice, betrayal and human nature by writer J. Michael Stracyzynski (TV’s Babylon 5, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and artist Chris Weston (The Invisibles, FANTASTIC FOUR: THE FIRST FAMILY). Plus: Journey into the past to follow the death-defying exploits of the Phantom Reporter on the front lines of World War II and witness his first encounter with history’s greatest super heroes! Collecting THE TWELVE #1-12 and THE TWELVE: SPEARHEAD.

The idea of WWII heroes being resuscitated in the modern world has now officially become cliche, but this was an interesting book despite that, as writer J. Michael Straczynski put in a lot of sweat equity making these throwaway Golden Age characters plausible and interesting.

THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC. #1

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Variant Cover: DAVID MACK

Variant Cover: DAVID MARQUEZ

Variant Cover: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

48 PGS./Mature/$3.99

DOUBLE-SIZED FOR REGULAR PRICE!

From the creators of the Eisner Award-winning, best-selling POWERS comes a brand-new world of crime fiction like you’ve never seen before. In this over-sized first issue, you will discover a world in which the families of organized crime never lost their stranglehold on the United States. Today is the day that Valentine Gallo becomes a made man, and it’s also the day he learns the secrets behind the organization he has served since he was old enough to walk. But it is mysterious hitwoman Jagger Rose that will forever turn his life upside down. Be there when shocking secrets of this new world spill out onto the very past page. This bold new vision of crime fiction harkens back to Bendis’ earliest work in crime comics, while also giving you everything you expect from the creators of POWERS, one of the most successful and longest-lasting independent comics in history.

“We have been working on this book for years,” says series writer Brian Michael Bendis. “We have been world building and workshopping and taking ideas out for a spin and we came up with a world as interesting to us as the one Mike and I brought to you in Powers.  We could not be more excited for its public debut.”

Launched in 2004, the ICON imprint is designed for top tier creators to tell their bold, creator-owned stories featuring their own characters and creations. The United States of Murder Inc. marks another exciting Brian Michael Bendis written series under the ICON imprint, including Powers, Takio, Scarlet and Brilliant.

WOLVERINE #6

Writer: PAUL CORNELL

Art: GERARDO SANDOVAL

Cover: RYAN STEGMAN

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

THE MADRIPOOR JOB – Part 1

• As his plan to take down Sabretooth takes shape, Wolverine goes undercover in Madripoor – but he’s not the only one with his eyes on Sabretooth’s empire – what do PETE WISDOM & MI-13 have to do with it?

• Paul Cornell (WOLVERINE: KILLABLE) and Gerardo Sandoval (CABLE & X-FORCE) bring you a two part epic that’ll push the mortal Wolverine to his limits!

X-FORCE #5

Writer: SIMON SPURRIER 

Art/Cover: JORGE MOLINA

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

• X-Force comes face-to-face with Volga, the mastermind who’s been weaponizing superhumans and using them in the undercover war that’s being waged across the globe.

• But little does X-Force know that Volga has already weaponized one of their own. ...

• … And by the time this issue is through, one member of X-Force will meet their end!

VALIANT COMICS

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE (HC)

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Art: CLAYTON HENRY, EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, PERE PEREZ and ALVARO MARTINEZ

Cover: ANDREW ROBINSON

$39.99/T+/368 pgs.

OVERSIZED HARDCOVER

At last -- an oversized deluxe hardcover collecting the complete first year of Archer & Armstrong by New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Zombies)!

Join one of the most acclaimed adventures in comics as naive teenage assassin Obadiah Archer and the fun-loving, hard-drinking immortal called Armstrong unite to stop a plot ten thousand years in the making! From the lost temples of ancient Sumeria to modern day Wall Street, Area 51, and beyond, Valiant's conspiracy-smashing adventurers are going on a globe-trotting quest to bring the down the unholy coalition of cultists known as the Sect -- and stop each of history's most notorious conspiracies from remaking the world in their own insane image.

Collecting ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #0-13, the Archer & Amstrong Deluxe Editon oversized hardcover also comes jam-packed with more than 20+ pages of bonus features, including covers, character designs, and process art by Neal Adams, David Aja, Juan Doe, Tom Fowler, Clayton Henry, Emanuela Lupacchino and many more!

BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #22 (NEW ARC!)

Writer: CHRISTOS GAGE & JOSHUA DYSART

Art: AL BARRIONUEVO

Covers: LEWIS LAROSA, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

Variant Cover: RILEY ROSSMO

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

ALL-NEW ARC! START READING HERE! Bloodshot VS. H.A.R.D. Corps!

The one-man army known only as Bloodshot is forced to turn his guns on his own people! Project Rising Spirit, the private military organization that created Bloodshot, enlisted him to fight on their side – and Bloodshot, seeking his own secret justice, agreed. Now his agenda comes to light, and Bloodshot turns around to destroy Rising Spirit once and for all … but he has to go through Major Palmer and his own ragtag team of men and women to do it! Our hero versus our heroes in a bloody battle with life-or-death stakes to save or destroy an evil corporation … and whoever wins … everyone loses!

QUANTUM AND WOODY #10

Writer: JAMES ASMUS

Art: KANO

Covers: KANO, RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

Quantum and Woody -- against the world … or against each other?!

Woody always had a weakness for the ladies … and when an old flame lures the goofus into a gang of mad-science super-crooks, Woody flips back to his old lawless ways! Where does this leave Woody’s sweet clone girlfriend? And now it’s up to his own brother Eric, who isn’t that sure he even wants to be a superhero, to bring Woody in! Don’t miss this bro-down for the ages!

OTHER PUBLISHERS

07 GHOST VOL 10 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: YUKI AMEMIYA

$9.99

Reuniting Capella with his mother leads to far more intrigue than the tearful reunion Teito and Frau expected. Then, it's off to a Hawkzile Race that will sneak the duo into District 1’s enemy territory undetected. But even more dangerous than the destination is the blindingly brutal course -- and the growing darkness within Frau.

I can’t even begin to imagine what a “Hawkzile Race” is.

ACCELERATORS #6

Publisher: BLUE JUICE COMICS

Writer: R.F.I. Porto (A/CA) GAVIN SMITH

MATURE/$3.99

Our time-traveling heroes are reunited as they battle prehistoric monsters and futuristic gamemasters in an explosive escape from the Time Games. Face-to-face with their own future, the path is clear: forward!

ADVENTURE TIME CANDY CAPERS VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: YUKO OTA, ANANTH PANAGARIYA

Art: IAN MCGINTY

Cover: MICHAEL DIALYNAS

$19.99

WHY WE LOVE IT: We've always wondered what it would be like for Ooo if Finn and Jake were missing and we get our answer in this series! It's a chance to see the dynamic duo of Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun together and a fun adventure with a lot of problems and only half the solutions!

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Ever what it would be like to have Marceline and Treetrunks partner up? Wonder how Ice King and Susan would fair as a crime-fighting duo? LSP and Lemongrab? Let's face it ... with these kind of teams being led by none other than Peppermint with the ... help of Cinnamon Bun ... this is a kooky series you won't want to miss.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: FINN AND JAKE ARE MISSING?! It's a dark day in Ooo, but fear not, Candy Kingdom-Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun will ... protect ... you? Desperate times call for desperate measures and Princess Bubblegum has no choice but to turn to the gummiest of gumshoes. Peppermint Butler is on the case, and with Cinnamon Bun's complete lack of keen deductive skills, they just might have a chance at navigating Ooo's shadowy underbelly and locating everyone's favorite heroes ...

ADVENTURE TIME MATHEMATICAL ED VOL 1 (ECCC EXC HC)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: RYAN NORTH

Art: SHELLI PAROLINE, BRADEN LAMB

Cover: DUSTIN NGUYEN

$49.99

Get the special Hardcover edition of ADVENTURE TIME Vol. 1 Mathematical Edition featuring the exclusive Dustin Nguyen cover! Previously only available at Emerald City Comicon!

ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF HEARTS LOVE LABYRINTH OF THORNS (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: QUINROSE

Art/Cover: AOI KURIHARA

MATURE/$13.99

Explore the stormy romance between Alice and the grim Clockmaker! Seven Seas is pleased to present Alice in the Country of Hearts: Love Labyrinth of Thorns, a one-shot volume that focuses on the fan-favorite character, Julius the Clockmaker. As this manga is an alternate retelling of the "hearts" storyline, it can be read independently of the original Alice in the Country of Hearts series. Love Labyrinth of Thorns chronicles the further adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Unwillingly drawn into the Country of Hearts, Alice decides to make the Clocktower her home. However, the volatile relationship between Alice and Julius the Clockmaker does not make her stay easy. And just when she thinks she's had enough, other players who vie for Alice's heart enter the picture: the dream demon Nightmare, and the dashing Ace of Hearts. Who will Alice choose? Like the other New York Times best-selling books in the Alice in the Country of Clover series, this new volume is an oversized edition that features impressive artwork and color pin-ups.

I wonder how Lewis Carroll would feel about the ways the Japanese have re-interpreted his work.

ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE & LEGEND (GN)

Publisher: :01 FIRST SECOND

Writer/Art/Cover: BOX BROWN

$17.99

Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who'd been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant. Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre's life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars, Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century's most recognizable figures.

Like a lot of Americans, I had no idea who Andre the Giant was when I saw him in The Princess Bride -- and, of course, loved him for that. Good to see he's getting his due.

I’m guessing you weren’t a wrestling fan, Skipper. Most Americans that I knew back then knew who Andre was.

Good point. I shouldn't universalize my own experience. Let me amend: "Like most Americans who weren't wrestling fans, I had no idea ... "

It's also possible that Andre didn't wrestle in Memphis much.  Back before cable, wrestlers often didn't appear outside of a given territory.

The only wrestler I remember from that period is Jerry "The King" Lawler, who is still a local semi-celebrity.

AUTEUR #3

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: RICK SPEARS

Art/Cover: JAMES CALLAHAN

MATURE/$3.99

What will unstoppable movie producer Nathan T. Rex do to get Hollywood's hottest ingenue to take off her top on film? Uncover the lurid truth behind the glitter of tinsel town! Be warned! This comic contains indigenous nudity, brutal violence, drug use, Cthulhu and talking naughty bits! Weird feelings guaranteed!

I would have thought that death by cleavage would be, I dunno, less harsh somehow.

BAD DREAMS #2

Publisher: RED 5 COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: GARY WINNICK

$3.50

The twisted fairy tale from the cocreator of Lucasfilm's Maniac Mansiion continues as Mary and her companions quest to find Mother Night before everyone goes mad. Through the treacherous Dreamworld Wood, the band must seek the Queen of Dreams herself.

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: NATASHA ALLEGRI, GARRETT JACKSON

Art: NATASHA ALLEGRI

Cover: NATASHA ALLEGRI, ZAC GORMAN

$3.99

WHY WE LOVE IT: Because Natasha Allegri is simply amazing. She built up a big fan-following on Tumblr while working on the Adventure Time cartoon, then created gender-swapped characters (Fionna and Cake) that became so popular they put them into the show. Then, she created BEE AND PUPPYCAT and it became the most funded Web series project in Kickstarter history. How could we NOT publish it?

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: You might already love it if you're one of the thousands who supported the Kickstarter campaign, but for those of you just joining us, if you like stories that feature magical girls like SAILOR MOON, MADOKA MAGICA, and POWERPUFF GIRLS, you will enjoy BEE AND PUPPYCAT! It's a slice-of-life story with a twist, and it has so much comedy and enchantment you can't help but be swept up.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: It's a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can't seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray ... whatever it is ... that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.

I was reading along about series, which seems to be pretty charming, and all of it made sense -- until the final line. "Fighting bad guys"? Where did THAT come from?

BIG NATE: MR POPULARITY (TPB)

Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS

Writer/Art/Cover: LINCOLN PEIRCE

$9.99

The fourth Big Nate comic compilation in the New York Times-bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce, in full color! Big Nate is a New York Times-bestseller and the star of his own comic strip.Here comes the latest comic compilation from Lincoln Peirce, all about king of detention and cartooning genius Nate Wright! Includes over 300 full-color comic strips, plus bonus Big Nate activities in the back!

BURNE HOGARTH TARZAN VOL 1: IN THE CITY OF GOLD (HC)

Publisher: TITAN BOOKS

Writer: DON GARDEN

Art/Cover: BURNE HOGARTH

$39.95

This is the first of four exclusive volumes that will collect all of Burne Hogarth's Tarzan newspaper strips. Beginning with the adventures "Tarzan in the City of Gold" and continuing with "Tarzan and the Boers," Hogarth and writer Don Garden hit the ground running, and produced some of the most acclaimed stories ever to appear in the pages of newspapers worldwide. Volume one contains Hogarth's conclusion of "City of Gold" and five complete other stories. Full-color restorations of the newspaper strips, reproduced in the oversized full-page format made popular by current collections of Prince Valiant and Popeye the Sailor! Includes historical articles from Scott Tracy Griffin, author of Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration.

It's taken almost 50 years, but all the legendary material the Li'l Capn grew up  hearing about is finally becoming available in high-quality collections. Alex Raymond, Burne Hogarth, Hal Foster, Bud Sagendorf, Russ Manning, Carl Barks, Roy Crane ... it's a childhood dream come true. Now, I just have to live long enough to enjoy it!

The Old Man was a big Hogarth fan. I’m sure he’d be glad to see that people still appreciate his work.

CALIBAN #2

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: GARTH ENNIS

Art/Cover: FACUNDO PERCIO

MATURE/$9.99

Horror in space has never been more terrifying than when told by master storyteller GARTH ENNIS and Fashion Beast artist FACUNDO PERCIO! No one imagined it possible, there is no other life in the universe outside of humanity. But an accident in hyperspace has forced the crew of the Caliban into accepting that simple is not true. Amid the carnage of the mishap, an alien horror begins to unfold that will take these unsuspecting space travelers to the very edge of sanity. There are things in this universe that were not meant to be encountered. Ennis delivers a new frightening vision of terror in the pages of Caliban! Available with Regular, Wraparound, Terror, and Design Sketch Incentive covers by Facundo Percio and a ultra-limited Dark Matter edition of just 1500 copies.

CAVEWOMAN KARNIVAL (ONE-SHOT)

Publisher: AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art/Cover: DEVON MASSEY

$3.75

Marshville puts on a carnival for the stressed out citizens and they turn out in droves to watch the events and eat their favorite foods! Unfortunately, dinosaurs have also joined the party and their favorite food is the people of Marshville! It's up to Meriem and company to defeat the rampaging dinos before the Tunnel of Love runs red with blood!

So let me try to guess the appeal of this book. It's, um, let's see, it's almost on the tip of my tongue, it's um, surely I can think of a couple of things, uhhh ...

You mean that isn’t  the cover for the new Zatanna miniseries?

CAVEWOMAN KARNIVAL (ONE-SHOT ROOT SP ED)

Publisher: AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art: DEVON MASSEY

Cover: BUDD ROOT

Budd starts his special editions to Karnival with this beauty! Limited to just 600 copies, each book is bagged and boarded and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity!

... oh, man, I'm so close to guessing what this book is all about.  I just can't put my finger on it! I feel like such a boob!

CLIVE BARKER NEXT TESTAMENT #9

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: CLIVE BARKER, MARK L. MILLER

Art: HAEMI JANG

Cover: GONI MONTES

MATURE/$3.99

Wick has his disciples, and rules unopposed but Tristan & Elspeth's actions force the Lord of Colors to reveal what he truly desires.

COURTNEY CRUMRIN VOL 5 (SPEC ED HC)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer/Art/Cover: TED NAIFEH

$24.99

The first five issues of the full-color Courtney Crumrin comic series are collected for the first time in a special hardcover edition! Holly Hart is new to Hillsborough and witchcraft. When her family moves in next to Courtney, the two girls quickly become friends. But as Courtney watches Holly making the same mistakes she once made, she begins to have second thoughts about teaching the girl magic. And when Holly sees the aftermath of the other children's "adventures" with Courtney, her suspicions cause her to make a dangerous decision.

DARWIN'S DIARIES VOL 1: EYE OF CELTS (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: SYLVAIN RUNBERG

Art/Cover: EDUARDO OCANA

$13.95

Victorian England. In Yorkshire, several men and horses working on a railway line have been slaughtered. The police suspect some kind of wild beast. The government calls upon controversial naturalist Charles Darwin to help with the investigation. A reasonable move, but one that is dictated rather by the least known part of his work: research on what other people would qualify as legendary creatures. It won't be long before the scientist discovers that he may be right about them after all!

Charles Darwin: Crimefighter. I never dreamed I'd say those words.

DARWIN'S DIARIES VOL 3: DUAL NATURE (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: SYLVAIN RUNBERG

Art/Cover: EDUARDO OCANA

$13.95

Man or monster? The beast was believed to be dead, and yet ... the body has been stolen, its escort massacred. A woman has been killed inside the town. And the neo-Druids have been slaughtered by what they believed to be their god. Even more disturbing, Charles Darwin is revealed to be one of the creatures! The naturalist can no longer deny his dual nature as he struggles with the terrifying question: Could he be the murderous beast that committed the latest murders?

Charles Darwin: Man-monster. The things they leave out of the history books!

DECEIVERS #5

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: STEVEN GRANT

Art: JOSE HOLDER

Cover: LORENA CARVALHO

$3.99

The deceived become the deceivers, as Lincoln and Nicky team up with Patrice to entrap the corrupt intelligence agencies plaguing Europe. But when our con men are forced to choose between giving up their cover identities or dying in style, can Lincoln and Nicky return to life as normal American civilians Mark Linton and Scott Dunn?

FAIRY TAIL VOL 38 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: HIRO MASHIMA

$10.99

In the final matches of the Grand Magic Games, a wounded Erza struggles against a sadistic Minerva who can twist space itself, Gajeel sinks into the shadows against a powered-up Rogue, and Laxus faces down impossible odds against Jura, the world's fifth-strongest wizard. But as the Games end, the kingdom prepares for a day Natsu never thought he'd see: the return of the dragons!

Somehow, being the world’s fifth strongest wizard doesn’t sound all that impressive. I bet he’s the one they send out for coffee and sandwiches.

He's the Aquaman of the Wizard League of America.

FRANKENWEENIE (GN)

Publisher: DISNEY PRESS

Writer: TIM BURTON

Art: JORGEN KLUBIEN, HELEN CHEN

$14.99

Frankenweenie is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life -- with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous. Inspired by the film, this electrifying comics retelling of Frankenweenie is sure to spark the interest of young readers everywhere!

FROM THE NEW WORLD VOL 4 (GN)

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer: YUUSUKE KISHI

Art/Cover: TORU OIKAWA

$10.95

Humanity, with the newfound "power of the gods," stands on the brink. A new species of beast, with the intelligence of man, and another race monsters begin to clash in this unpredictable story told through the adventues of a group of six youths whose telekenetic abilities have such been revealed.

What a great pair of eyes!

Yes … eyes ….

FUBAR: BETTER RED THAN DEAD (ONE-SHOT)

Publisher: ALTERNA COMICS INC

Writers: JEFF MCCLELLAND, JEFF MCCOMSEY

Art: JEFF MCCOMSEY & Various

Cover: TOBY CYPRESS

MATURE/$3.99

1961. From The Bay of Pigs to the Berlin Wall, FUBAR: Better Red Than Dead shows what happens when the KGB and CIA go head to head over a new weapon that makes three dimensional nuclear war look like a sensible alternative. This one-shot is a great companion to go with FUBAR's Free Comic Book Day offering this year.

I thought FUBAR was concerned with zombies in historical times, but apparently it will deal with any kind of lethal stupidity.

GRIMM FAIRY TALE ANNUAL 2014

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writers: RALPH TEDESCO & Various

Art: TBD

Cover A: JASON METCALF

Cover B: ALFREDO REYES

Cover C: IVAN NUNES

$5.99

Highborns are being hunted and killed all around the world, and it is up to Sela, Shang, Robyn Hood, and Gideon to find out who's behind the attacks. With many allies missing, Sela assumes the worst. But there's no time to waste as Andre Payne, the demigod known as Hercules, seems to be the next target.

Do not miss the first of the four issues leading directly into GRIMM FAIRY TALES #100!

GFT ANNUAL 2014 - GFT GIANT SIZE 2014 - GFT #99 - GFT #100

Girls, girls, girls -- you don't have to engage in dangerous battles of vengeance and darkness! You're all good-looking enough to get jobs on cable news! All you have to do is look pretty and read a teleprompter. No fighting -- or thinking -- required!

GRIMM FAIRY TALE: DARK ONE AGE OF DARKNESS

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: RAVEN GREGORY

Art: MICHEL LACOMBE

Cover A: BARRY KITSON

Cover B: PAULO SIQUEIRA

Cover C: DODIE MONDERO

$5.99

The Dark One has grown tired of being second in command to the Dark Queen but he finds he's helpless to stop her. However, the true reason for his hatred toward her runs much deeper into their shared past. And it's a past that will now be revealed here!

I'd think that metal outfit in Cover B would be a tad chilly. And not just for the baby!

GRIMM FAIRY TALE: ROBYN HOOD LEGEND #3

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: PATRICK SHAND

Art: LARRY WATTS

Cover A: HARVEY TOLIBAO

Cover B: ABHISHEK MALSUNI

Cover C: CHRIS EHNOT

$2.99

THE FINAL ARC OF THE ROBYN HOOD TRILOGY CONTINUES!

Robyn's ragtag team of rebels has been divided as Robyn and Will must face Cal's army on their own. However, when the truth of Will's impeding fate comes to light, Robyn is down another soldier in the face of the greatest foe she's ever fought. Will she live up to her legend, or be snuffed out for good?

About Cover A: That is a water droplet, not a nipple. Got it? NOT A NIPPLE. Just making sure we're clear on that, because I wouldn't want you to think that any publisher would sink to using nudity to sell a comic book. The very idea!

GOD IS DEAD VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writers: JONATHAN HICKMAN, MIKE COSTA

Art: DI AMORIM

Cover: JONATHAN HICKMAN

MATURE/$19.99

Like a thunderbolt from heaven, the epic first volume of JONATHAN HICKMAN's God is Dead is here! Mankind has argued over the existence of gods since the dawn of time. In modern eras it's been fashionable to mock religious believers with taunts of scientific testimony and fact. But when the gods of old begin to reappear on earth and claim the domain of man for their own, the world is thrown into a state of utter anarchy. Now Horus walks the streets of Egypt, Zeus has taken over the Sistine Chapel, and Odin is coordinating the dissection of the earth among the returned deities. Mankind held sway over the world for thousands of years and their hubris over that time has made them powerful but when faced with the divine, can mortal weapons put an end to the second coming of the gods? As the world tumbles toward apocalypse, a group of scientists seek to do the impossible ... give birth to the gods of science. God is Dead Vol 1 collects God is Dead issues #1-6.

"... a group of scientists seek to ... give birth to the gods of science."

Doesn't Dr. Manhattan already have that covered? I guess I'll have to buy the book and find out!

GOLD DIGGER TECH MANUAL (TPB)

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Writer: DOUG DLIN, FRED PERRY

Art/Cover: FRED PERRY

$19.99

For over fifteen years, Fred Perry's Gold Digger has brought readers a wealth of incredible stories and memorable characters. It's also been packed full of some of the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful technology ever to leap off a drawing board. Now we reveal the secrets and details of the fantastic array of gadgets, weaponry, vehicles, robots, and more, from cutting-edge discoveries to technology predating the entire universe ... all told from the perspective of Gold Digger's foremost technology expert, Gina Diggers herself! From Beta-Tech's Phantom Rings to Hurt-bots and Peebos, from Ace's many aircraft and the ships of the Dynasty to Gina's Gina-mobiles and the Laz-E-Boy of Doom! Eleven issues, over 350 pages worth of technological twisters explored and revealed, all at a price that even a freshman engineering major's budget can afford!

GRAVEL COMBAT MAGICIAN #4

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: MIKE WOLFER

Art: GABRIEL REARTE

Cover: MIKE WOLFER

Horror Cover: MIKE WOLFER

Wrap Cover: MIKE WOLFER

MATURE/$3.99

After agreeing to once again assist with the British SAS Combat Magician Programme, Gravel has completed his first assignment after his release from prison. A rogue British CM who was terrorizing the Tokyo subway system has been nullified, but Gravel finds that there's no way for him to disappear from the scene now that he's been cornered in the underground tunnel system by a trio of Japanese Combat Magicians. And to make matters worse, the chip of ancient megalithic stone which was accidentally embedded in his chest is siphoning his offensive, occult powers. But Gravel is far from defenseless. Above all else, he's an SAS soldier, and who dares wins! Available with Regular, Wraparound, Horror, and a Black Magic Order Incentive cover by Mike Wolfer.

HAUNTED #2

Publisher: RED 5 COMICS

Writer: SCOTT CHITWOOD

Art/Cover:  DANNY LUCKERT

$3.50

Sarah McCallister and her friends race through the haunted ruins of New York City while being pursued by demons and other supernatural horrors. But ghosts from her past could hold the key to saving the world or condemning it forever.

Even in the Supernatural Apocalypse, the story still takes place in New York City, where most stories seem to take place regardless of genre. Just another reason to appreciate The Walking Dead.

HEROBEAR AND KID VOL 1: INHERITANCE (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art/Cover: MIKE KUNKEL

$19.99

WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a super fun story about best friends and family. We loved HEROBEAR AND THE KID the first time it came around and we love it even more now.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Not only do you get all-new HEROBEAR AND THE KID stories, you get to re-read the classic tale of a boy inheriting a stuffed bear that turned out to be a lot more. It's a story about childhood and it's a great time.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:After his grandfather passes away, 10-year-old Tyler inherits an old stuffed toy bear and a broken pocket watch. As if dealing with bullies in a new town wasn't enough, he soon learns that things aren't always what they seem ... and that you shouldn't judge a bear by its cover. Join Tyler as he goes on an amazing childhood adventure and learns the truth about his family. Come start at the beginning of the fabulous original adventures by acclaimed cartoonist Mike Kunkel.

IZNOGOUD VOL 6: MAGIC CARPET (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: RENE GOSCINNY

Art/Cover: JEAN TABARY

$11.95

Haroun al Plassid is ruler of Baghdad, but his Grand Vizier Iznogoud isn't happy with this state of affairs. Always on the lookout for ways to become Caliph instead of the Caliph, he commissions a one-way flying carpet as a gift to his liege. But the hired help is inept, as usual, and the most inconvenienced of all will be the inhabitants of Beijing!

IZNOGOUD VOL 7: INFAMOUS (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: RENE GOSCINNY

Art/Cover: JEAN TABARY

$11.95

In Baghdad the Magnificent reigns Haroun al Plassid, who is the Caliph. There also dwells Iznogoud, who wants to be the Caliph. The irascible Grand Vizier hatches plot after plot to remove his ruler and take his place -- melting Djinn, invisibility spell, cursed diamond, voodoo doll. But no amount of cunning or obstinacy can make up for sheer, hilariously bad luck.

I'm still uncomfortable with the depiction of the lead character. It looks like the most negative stereotype of an Arab I can imagine. Maybe I'm being too sensitive.

Goscinny is one of the two guys who used to do the Asterix books.  The only thing I can say is that they seem to have a higher tolerance for that sort of thing in Europe.

NAT TURNER (NEW PTG TPB)

Publisher: ABRAMS

Writer/Art: KYLE BAKER

$17.95

The story of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion -- which began on August 21, 1831, in Southampton County, Virginia -- is known among school children and adults. To some he is a hero, a symbol of Black resistance and a precursor to the civil rights movement; to others he is monster -- a murderer whose name is never uttered. In Nat Turner, acclaimed author and illustrator Kyle Baker depicts the evils of slavery in this moving and historically accurate story of Nat Turner's slave rebellion. Told nearly wordlessly, every image resonates with the reader as the brutal story unfolds. The book also includes an afterword by Baker.

I'm a Kyle Baker fan, but I've never even heard of this book. But, evidently, it's been in print before.

LAMENT OF THE LOST MOORS VOL 2: BLACKMORE (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: JEAN DUFAUX

Art/Cover: GRZEGORZ ROSINSKI

$15.95

The first chapter of this epic tale of revenge and sorcery concludes. After her mother's marriage to the mysterious Lord Blackmore, Siobhan, last descendant of the Kings of Sudenne, is now supposed to be safe from the hostility of the sorcerer who rules the country. Too many mysteries remain, though, and the land itself calls for justice and the Lament of the Lost Moors to be heard. Will the young woman be able to avenge her father and defeat evil -- and at what price?

LEGO LEGENDS OF CHIMA VOL 1: HIGH RISK (TPB & HC)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer: YANNICK GROTHOLT

Art/Cover: COMICON

TPB $7.99, HC $12.99

Chima -- a world reigned by animal tribes, divided by the battle of the noble lions against the evil crocodiles. In High Risk!, Laval, prince of the Lions and his friend Eris, a warrior of the Eagle Tribe, engage in a training race on their Speedorz. As the two speed through the jungle, they stumble upon a Gorilla convoy transporting CHI that is being attacked by the Crocodiles. Will Laval and Eris save their Gorilla friends? Or will they become Crocodile Meat? Also featuring 3 more, all-new stories! Available in Hardcover and Softcover editions.

I guess I'm just too old, but I don't understand the popularity of LEGO anything.

LUMBERJANES #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: GRACE ELLIS, NOELLE STEVENSON

Art: BROOKE A. ALLEN

Cover: NOELLE STEVENSON

$3.99

When you're a scout, nothing is more important than being prepared, but how do you prepare for legions of supernatural creatures threatening to beat down your scouting camp's door? Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are about to find out! It's just supposed to be a normal day at camp with games and a bit of canoeing, but when the girls find themselves separated from the rest of camp they realize there really is a lot more going on and it might be a unhelpful river monster that gives them the key to figuring out what is really going on. Don't miss out on the second issue of this hot new series from Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis!

"Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are about to find out!"

After Alien, my money's always on the chick named Ripley.

MAYO CHICKI VOL 6 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: HAJIME ASANO

Art/Cover: NEET

MATURE/$12.99

For fans of wacky gender-benders like Kashimashi, rollicking harem comedies like Inukami, and over-the-top high school romances like Toradora, comes an all new zany manga series: Mayo Chiki! Kinjiro Sakamachi is a "normal" seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occassional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control... until now. A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro's world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl?! What's worse, the principal's cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out, and makes it her life's work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia. Is Kanade simply sadistic or does she really want to help Kinjiro overcome his fears? It makes no difference to poor Kinjiro, because his life has just become a living hell!

Really, you never want the phrase “a fateful trip to the school bathroom” included in your life story.

MONSTER MUSUME VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: OKAYADO

MATURE/$12.99

Monsters in mini-skirts! Monster Musume is an all-new manga series that presents the classic harem comedy with a fantastical twist: the female cast of characters that tempts our male hero is comprised of exotic and enticing supernatural creatures like lamias, centaurs and harpies! Three years ago, the world learned that harpies, centaurs, catgirls and all manners of fabulous creatures are not merely fiction; they are flesh and blood -- not to mention scale, feather, horn and fang. Thanks to the "Cultural Exchange Between Species Act," these once-mythical creatures have assimilated into society, or at least, they're trying.When a hapless human teenager named Kurusu Kimihito is inducted as a "volunteer" into the government exchange program, his world is turned upside down. A snake-like lamia named Miia comes to live with him, and it is Kurusu's job to take care of her and make sure she integrates into his everyday life. Unfortunately for Kurusu, Miia is undeniably sexy, and the law against interspecies breeding is very strict. Even worse, when a ravishing centaur girl and a flirtatious harpy move in, what's a full-blooded teenage human with raging hormones to do?!

"Monster Musume is an all-new manga series that presents the classic harem comedy with a fantastical twist ..."

Bestiality?

There seem to be a lot of centaur-related manga about lately. No idea why.

MONSTER SOUL VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: HIRO MASHIMA

$10.99

An earlier work from the author of the popular manga series Fairy Tail. A group of monsters known as Black Airs come across a pair of humans who are looking to make some money hunting monsters with bounties on their heads. The Black Airs make quick work of the bounty hunters who fail to learn their lesson as they become overly ambitious and continue to pursue them. This proves to be a terrible mistake and we get to see just what makes the Black Airs so special: enormous power and even stronger friendship.

Bounty hunters always do seem to fail to learn their lessons, don’t they?

PANDORA BOX VOL 3: GLUTTONY (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: ALCANTE

Art/Cover: DIDIER PAGOT

MATURE/$11.95

Teze is appointed head of a food agency by his father, entrusted to stand up to big business. He notices a sudden resurgence in testing for mad cow disease. So far, results have been negative, but the scale of the testing sets alarm bells ringing. Facing pressure from the farm lobby, Teze introduces more stringent testing. This time, results seem to point to a new, more virulent strain of mad cow disease. Is mankind's gluttony at the heart of the problem?

I guess we will have seven of these in total. Call it a hunch.

POWER LUNCH VOL 2 (HC)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: J. TORRES

Art/Cover: DEAN TRIPPE

$12.99

When Joey joins the school soccer team, he finally begins to feel like a normal kid, especially since he doesn't need to use his food-fueled superpowers to score goals. All that changes with the star players of a rival team -- two terrible twins who excel at cheating! If Joey used his superpowers, he could teach the twins a lesson. But that would be cheating ... wouldn't it?

RETURNING #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: JASON STARR

Art: ANDREA MUTTI

Cover: FRAZER IRVING

$3.99

As the police and Federal law enforcement get closer to catching Marcus and Beth, Marcus introduces Beth to someone who understands her plight -- but before they can connect, there's someone out to kill them, who won't stop until the job is done ... special.

ROY CRANE BUZ SAWYER VOL 3: TYPHOONS, HONEYMOONS (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: ROY CRANE

$39.99

From Fantagraphics Books. In the next two years of Roy Crane's adventure strip, pilot Buz Sawyer and his bride embark on high-flying adventures, braving a hurricane in the Caribbean, a typhoon in the South Seas, a serial killer and a dangerous honeymoon in Africa.

Note to self. GET THESE BOOKS.

RUST VOL 3: DEATH OF ROCKET BOY (HC)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art/Cover: ROYDEN LEPP

$24.99

WHY WE LOVE IT: Creator Royden Lepp continues his all-ages saga of Jet Jones and the Taylor family in this third and penultimate installment of Rust, giving us the lyrical and visually stunning ode to family, childhood, and sacrifice that we love.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: More secrets of the past are revealed for both Jet and the Taylors as they face their darkest fears in this calm before the oncoming storm. And, of course, more high-octane robot action!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Oz Taylor may know Jet Jones' secret, but convincing the rest of his family may be harder than he counted on. As Oz plots to rid the Taylor farm of the rocket boy, Jet tries to prove himself to the family that has taken him in, in hopes of finding the home he has searched for for so long. However, when shadows of Jet's past start coming back into his life, he realizes his days of running may be numbered.

I read the first volume of this, which was sort of "what if Astro Boy ran away and tried to live like a real boy?" Which, of course, didn't work. The art was nice.

SCHOOL BITES EASTER BUNDLE (GN)

Publisher: BROADSWORD COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: HOLLY GOLIGHTLY

$19.99

Get both School Bites volumes 1 and 2 with a cute Cherri chibi postcard! Cherri's adventures at the Shadow Academy, are filled with blood, yummy desserts, and perhaps romance! Exciting things happen as young vampires learn how to drink responsibly! A cross between Harry Potter and Anne Rice, this original graphic novel is fun for lovers of goth, manga, and all things cute!

SEVEN DEADLY SINS VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: NAKABA SUZUKI

$10.99

Princess Elizabeth has recruited Meliodas the Dragon, Sin of Wrath, to help her seek the other Seven Deadly Sins and save the kingdom from war and the grip of the clever Holy Knights. Traveling deep into the forest, the two find the giant Dianne the Serpent, Sin of Envy. But the old friends' reunion is interrupted by the appearance of the slick and lethal Holy Knight Gilsander! Will the trio survive long enough to find the other Sins?

Why bother looking for the sins?  It’s been my experience that the sins tend to find me!

SHERLOCK BONES VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer: YUMA ANDO

Art/Cover: YUKI SATO

ALL AGES/$10.99

Takeru and Sherdog have once again found themselves in the midst of a mystery! This time, the prime suspect is the beautiful Mayor Takasugi, and with her iron-clad alibi, it looks like she has brains to match her looks. How will they solve the case to reveal the murderous devil that lies behind the angelic face of London's mayor?

I’m pretty sure the mayor of London’s name isn’t “Takasugi”.

SONS OF ANARCHY #9

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: ED BRISSON

Art: DAMIAN COUCEIRO

Cover: GARRY BROWN

MATURE/$3.99

With the Sons of Anarchy behind bars, it's up to Gemma and Tara to keep the homefront safe. But sharks smell blood in the water, and Tara must use everything she's learned both as a doctor and an "old lady" to keep the club intact in Jax's absence.

SPACE MOUNTAIN (GN)

Publisher: DISNEY COMIC

Writer: BRYAN Q. MILLER

Art/Cover: KELLEY JONES

$12.99

An outer space adventure story of two kids, a miniature flying saucer, and a trip 24 hours into a twisted tomorrow! An original, sci-fi adventure comic for middle grade readers inspired by the fantastic and futuristic Space Mountain attractions from the Disney Theme Parks. The year is 2125 and the Magellan Science Academy has given two lucky cadets special Thulium tickets to join a team of space explorers on an exciting time-travel mission twenty-four hours into the future. But when their mission goes unexpectedly wrong, the two kids must band together with a tiny flying saucer sidekick to save themselves, their crew, and all of Space Mountain -- before time runs out and the galaxy is destroyed!

I'm curious why Disney is continuing its own comic-publishing arm, when it now owns the largest and most popular comics publisher in North America.

SPONGEBOB COMICS #32

Publisher: UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES

Writer: JOEY WEISER

Art: VINCENT DEPORTER & Various

Cover: JERRY ORDWAY, JACOB CHABOT

$2.99

Part 1 of their first Superhero Showdown! It all starts here!

SpongeBob's first soggy serialized adventure "Showdown at the Shady Shoals" pulls anchor and begins a 5-issue voyage into aquatic action! In a tale featuring the art of Jerry Ordway (World's Finest), SpongeBob must find out who's stronger: his idol, Mermaid Man, or that noble anti-hero, the proud, muscular, poofy-haired sea king Viro Reganto? It's a question that will send SpongeBob, Mermaid Man and Viro into a quest that spans decades, from the Briny Age of comics to the pulse-pounding present! Plus: SpongeBob's strange haircut ritual, a fill-in comic, SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka, and a guide to the ancient undersea language of Esperanto?

TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE VOL 1 (LITHO ED HC)

Publisher: BROADSWORD COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: JIM BALENT

MATURE/$24.99

The exciting premiere story arc, "Witch War," and the bewitching one shot, "Dragon Witch," of Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose is now available in this special unsigned limited edition hardcover! There is additional bonus material, including an introduction by creator Jim Balent and the exclusive short story, "The Frog & the Witch." (That's right, "Maidens & Monsters" will only be available in our classic trade paperback!) This special edition also comes with a brand-new Balent pencil print of Tarot entitled "April Showers" that measures roughly 6 1/2" x 10". Numbered and signed by the artist, the print will be placed inside the publication. Limited to 500 copies, this hardcover is a must-have for Tarot lovers and provides a perfect entry point for new readers!

You know what? I think I prefer Cavewoman. At least that book presents gigantic boobs honestly, without any pretension to artiness. THIS ONE SUMMER (TPB & HC)

Publisher: :01 FIRST SECOND

Writer: MARIKO TAMAKI

Art/Cover: JILLIAN TAMAKI

TPB $17.99, HC $21.99

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rose's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens, just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy, is caught up in something bad. It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

Doesn't everyone have at least one perfect childhood summer, that they remember fondly as a time when the present was wonderful and the future was bright? You know: You're old enough to be aware of the passing of time, old enough to feel the weight of change coming with adolescence/adulthood, but young enough to where a long, sunny afternoon or trip to the beach excites with possibility. I don't know if that can be translated to comics, or if this is even trying to. Just wanted to say that I'd jump at an anthology of such stories, especially if they were adapted from real-life experiences.

TRANSREALITY (GN)

Publisher: WITCH HOUSE MEDIA

Writer/Art/Cover: CHRIS LACKEY

$15.00

James Watson, a family man from 2013 Yorkshire, is thrown into a futuristic, post-singularity society in a transhuman culture, where humans and uplifted animals live as digital beings in virtual environments. Despite being just an ordinary guy and a stranger in the strangest of futures, James quests to rescue his friend, find his family and carve himself a place in this brave new world.

UBER #13

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: KIERON GILLEN

Art/Cover: GABRIEL ANDRADE

Propaganda Variant: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

War Crimes Variant: GABRIEL ANDRADE

Wrap Variant: GABRIEL ANDRADE

MATURE/$3.99

"Uber Year II" continues to change the way we look at altered history stories as KIERON GILLEN's war epic rages on. Katyusha was a misfit to the end. When she activated as an Uber, she escaped and wandered the countryside hoping to make it all the way to the Ukraine. But Russia sacrificed everything to make its own tank-men and the Soviet Union would not let someone so powerful walk away. Now Katyusha has found a new home ... but the horrors of war are never far behind. This arc of unthinkable atrocities is illustrated by GABRIEL (Ferals) ANDRADE. 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.

I'm curious how many blonde, Nazi ice queens there are in fiction, from Hellboy to Iron Sky to Tom Strong. It makes the raven-haired Warrior Woman in Invaders an anomaly. She probably isn't invited to the better Nazi parties.

WASTELAND #54

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: ANTONY JOHNSTON

Art/Cover: CHRISTOPER MITTEN

MATURE/$3.99

FINAL STORY ARC CONTINUES! Michael, Abi, and Thomas explore the mysterious shaft - and find more than they could have ever expected! Unearthing the secrets of A-Ree-Yass-I will take everything they have, but at last the truth will be found ... and the story of The Big Wet can be told!

WHISPERED WORDS VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: ONE PEACE BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: TAKASHI IKEDA

$16.95

The story of two high school girls, Sumika and Ushio. One is in love with the other, but is unable to confess. To complicate things, a cross-dressing boy, Masaki, is in love with one of them. What will happen in this mixed-up love triangle mess?

They’ll all end up borrowing each other’s clothes?

WORTH (HC)

Publisher: ARCANA STUDIO

Writer: AUBREY SITTERSON

Art/Cover: CHRIS MORENO

$24.95

Building on its critically-acclaimed comic book series, Days Missing, Roddenberry Entertainment releases its next highly-anticipated graphic novel, WORTH, published by Arcana Studio. Launching as a 128-page, full-color hardcover book this week, WORTH was also digitally unveiled one chapter at a time throughout March.

WORTH is the dynamic story of Grant Worth, Motor City’s most iconic hero. During the 1960s, his mechanopathy (the power to control machines, from cars to guns) made him a legend in Detroit, bringing him fame, adulation and prosperity through early adulthood. However, in the late 20th century technology evolved by leaps and bounds with the advent of computer chips, motherboards and microprocessors. Unable to break through the maze of 1s and 0s that became the gateway to most machinery, Worth found his unique ability becoming obsolete. Grant Worth went from superhero to somewhat normal. WORTH traces the heartfelt quest for redemption of a super-hero who is no longer so super.

"Absolutely gorgeous and completely heart-wrenching" -- Jenna Busch, Fan Voice

I enjoyed Days Missing, so I'm curious about this one.

ZERO'S FAMILIAR CHEVALIER VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: NOBORU YAMAGUCHI

Art/Cover: YUKARI HIGA

MATURE/$12.99

Zero's Familiar: Chevalier is a four-volume sequel series to the popular Zero's Familiar manga series about a headstrong witch girl and her quarrelsome relationship with her teenage manservant! Summoned by mistake to the wonderful world of Halkeginia by the bumbling witch Louise "the Zero," Saito's role as Louise's familiar has had its share of ups and downs. At first an unwilling servant, Saito gradually develops feelings for his headstrong mistress Louise, and she, too, has begun to reciprocate. But life keeps getting in the way of a possibly budding relationship. Now, Louise and her friends are embroiled in a full-scale war, and must defend the land of Tristain at all costs. Can Saito prove himself in battle to Louise, and win her heart once and for all?

I’m guessing yes.

ZOMBIE FAIRY TALES DEADLANDS (ONE-SHOT)

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Art/Story: ZECHARY GRAY, FRED PERRY

$3.99

A young lady visiting her grandmother in a special care facility finds her world turned upside down. A freakish feline and a bizarre bunny appear, and Grandma's primary doctor reveals that she has been kidnapped by the queen she once bested. Now young Alyss must face the zombie horrors the vengeful queen has unleashed as "Alice in Undead-land."

I found a couple of thumbnails of this book's cover, but nothing big enough to post. Anyone else have better luck?

I've not read much of Burne Hogarth's Tarzan - mainly, the graphic novel adaption of the first half of the first novel he did in the 1970s - so I can't comment on what the writing during his periods on the Sunday was like. But artistically, it was the perfect match of artist and character. Hogarth's handling of figures in action was very similar to the later Gil Kane's.

I can't say whether the Superman/Batman cover is after Fantastic Four #244 one, but the Fantastic Four #244 cover was probably after the images of the hand of Galactus in the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Silver Surfer graphic novel, at the start and end.

I don't know anything about Cosmo the Merry Martian, but I'm guessing there's a reason why he's been out of print for more than five decades.

He appeared in a comic that ran for six issues in 1958/59. The artist was Bob White.

  I'm not sure about the 52 end book, it's just started after all.  Meaning that in my opinion the 52 universe has just started, why end it?

  As to the Avengers...  The Illuminati have put Earth in jeopardy by taunting skrulls, shot the Hulk into space and now are blowing up worlds and that's just what we know about.  They are probably the most successful group of supervillains ever to call themselves heroes.  Given Cap's history of forgiving Tony alone no matter what he does I can't imagine that he's going to do more than glare at them and then join them.  Maybe after punching them a few times.  The mu is not a place I'd expect any of them to face justice or serious consequences that last more than a few issue no matter what they do.  It'll be Batman and Identity Crisis all over again.

I am looking forward to Zombie Archie, Batgirl and Tarot.  There's some good writing under the breasts Cap, though I'll skip Cavegirl I will pick up the Xenoscope Robyn Hood.

Weird Love looks interesting.

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