THIS WEEK'S COMICS

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

BEST BETS

BATMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION ($49.95, DC Comics): This upscale, slipcase collects trades of three of Batman's greatest adventures, The Dark Knight Returns, Hush and Court of Owls. (Well, two of his greatest adventures, anyway -- I wasn't very impressed with the story in Hush, but the art's terrific!)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): Steve Rogers has been drained of the Super-Soldier Serum, and must pick a successor. Who is it? Well if you saw Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada on The Colbert Report, then you already know. But this issue sets the stage for All-New Captain America #1 and Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 in November!

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (HC, $24.99, Dark Horse): Here are a bunch of classic Poe horror stories and poems adapted by the legendary Richard Corben, whose lush, eccentric art is perfectly suited for the job. This trade includes famed tales such as "The Conqueror Worm," "Masque of the Red Death," "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Raven."

GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 ($2.99, DC): Adolescence, high school and dating is weird enough. Now put it in the shadow of the bat, in the strangeness that is Gotham City. Sounds like fun!

GREEN ARROW #35 ($2.99, DC): Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, writers for the Arrow TV show, take on the comics version of the Emerald Archer. Can they work the same magic in comics that they do on the small screen?

GUARDIANS 3000 #1 ($3.99, Marvel): I confess that I haven't missed the original Guardians of the Galaxy since they were canceled sometime in the early '90s, and can't imagine why anybody would. But if you're one of those people pining for the return of Vance Astrovik, Charlie-27, Yondu and Martinex, here ya go.

MERCY THOMPSON #1 (of 6, $3.99, Dynamite): If you follow the "Mercy Thompson" novel series by Patricia Briggs, this series should be a treat for you. It's a story set in and between the novels that you won't read anywhere else, starring shapeshifting coyote gal Hopcross Jilly!

NAILBITER, VOL. 1: THERE WILL BE BLOOD (TPB, $9.99, Image Comics): An FBI agent goes to Buckaroo, Oregon, to investigate why so many serial killers come from this small town -- and promptly disappears. Go with his backup to discover the creepy secrets of the creepiest town in the world! Collects the first five issues.

MEN OF WRATH ($3.50, Icon/Marvel): A new creator-owned title explores the dysfunction in a family of assassins. Sounds like they argue about more than politics at Thanksgiving!

MOON KNIGHT VOL 1: FROM THE DEAD ($17.99, Marvel): Moon Knight has always been a quirky hero, what with the multiple-personality disorder and all. Now Warren Ellis, the guy who put the "Good lord! Choke!" in quirky takes on the writing chores. If you like a little insanity with your superheroes, this is the place to go.

PUCK: WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE! ($59.99, IDW): IDW performs a heroic public service by collecting the country's seminal political cartoons -- first published in the post-Civil War 19th century -- which are credited with changing the course of presidential politics.

THOR #1 ($3.99, Marvel): For some reason, Thor is no longer worthy to pick up his enchanted hammer Mjolnir. So when a mysterious woman is able to do so, she gets the power, the title and the name of Asgard's prince. It's not She-Thor, says Marvel; this issue launches the adventures of the honest-to-Odin Thor, Goddess of Thunder.

For more information on Best Bets and other titles, consult the Guide below. Titles are grouped alphabetically by publisher, in this order:  Action Lab Entertainment, Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics and the catch-all Other Publishers.

ARCHIE COMICS

MEGA MAN #41

Script: IAN FLYNN

Art: POWREE, GARY MARTIN, JOHN WORKMN, MATT HERMS


Cover: PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE


Movie Poster Variant Cover: VINCE RILEY


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

The ALL-NEW storyline begins here! The epic adaptation of the legendary game, MEGA MAN 3, begins with "Legends of the Blue Bomber" Part One: We’ve seen Mega Man battle Robot Masters plenty of times before, but now witness the mechanical madness unfold as only the Masters’ masters see it! Get a birds-eye view of battle from the lens of the great (and not-so-great) Doctors that have created our heroes and menaces! As this unfolds, Top Man plans for his elegant “last dance” with Mega Man, while Snake Man prepares his amphibious ambush! But how is this all playing into Dr. Wily’s hands? Find out in this battle royale you definitely won’t want to miss out on! Featuring new cover art from PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE, plus an awesome "movie poster" variant from Vince Riley!


SONIC UNIVERSE #68

Script: IAN FLYNN

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

Cover: TRACY YARDLEY, BEN HUNZEKER

Tabloid Variant Cover: JONATHAN H. GRAY, JIM AMASH, MATT HERMS


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

The FIRST EVER Sonic Universe trilogy continues HERE in "Total Eclipse" Part Two! Knuckles leads Team Dark’s Rouge and Omega into the wilds of the Red Mountains, searching for the mysterious Dark Arms. But while the echidna’s away, the darklings will play—but darklings don’t play for fun—they play to kill! With Knuckles’ back turned, the evil Eclipse attacks Shadow the Hedgehog! Can even the ultimate life-form withstand Eclipse’s terrifying Monster Form?! Find out in the second chapter of THE DARK TRILOGY! And don't miss the new cover art from Tracy Yardley and returning Sonic painter Ben Hunzeker—plus an all-new "TABLOID" variant cover by Jonathan H. Gray, Jim Amash and Matt Herms!

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #43

Script: BILL GOLLIHER

Art: Various

Cover: BILL GALVAN, BOB SMITH, ROSARIO "TITO" PENA

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

Veronica’s throwing the Halloween bash of the year and everyone’s invited—human and animal alike! But when an unwelcome intruder tries to crash the party, the pets spring into action! Will they catch the evil villain, or will it ruin their monster bash? See what happens in the BRAND NEW story, “A Haunting We Will Go!”

Bwah-ha-ha! Yeah, who would believe Jughead as a zombie? Why, the very idea!

DARK HORSE

ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 10 #7

Writer: VICTOR GISCHLER

Pencils/Variant: WILL CONRAD

Colors: MICHELLE MADSEN

Cover: SCOTT FISCHER

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

New Players, New Rules, New Season!

Amy the Rat has been seeking favors in Magic Town, and Angel is on alert -- what is this witch really after? Meanwhile, Faith has tracked Riley into the jungle to find a tribe of vicious new vampires! Casualties be happening ...

“So far, so good.” -- Comic Book Resources

THE ART OF THE BOOK OF LIFE (HC)

Writers: GUILLERMO DEL TORO, JORGE R. GUTIERREZ, PAUL SULLIVAN

Art: JORGE R. GUTIERREZ, PAUL SULLIVAN

FC, 184 pages, $34.99

HC, 11” x 10”

HIS CITY -- HIS RULES!

To determine whether the heart of humankind is pure and good, two godlike beings engage in an otherworldly wager during Mexico’s annual Day of the Dead celebration. They tether two friends, Manolo and Joaquin, into vying for the heart of the beautiful and fiercely independent Maria, with comical and sometimes dangerous consequences.

• Foreword by visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro!

• Introduction by writer/director Jorge R. Gutierrez (El Tigre).

• Behind the scenes of one of 2014’s biggest animated features.

THE ART OF NAUGHTY DOG (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: NAUGHTY DOG STUDIOS

FC, 184 pages, $39.99

HC, 9" x 12"

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL GAMES OF A GENERATION!

Crash Bandicoot. Jak and DaxterUnchartedThe Last of Us. One studio has been responsible for the most iconic video game experiences of this generation. Now, Dark Horse Books invites you on a thirty-year retrospective tour, observing Naughty Dog’s ascension to its place as one of the most influential production studios in the world!

• Filled with never-before-seen art and commentary from the creators of the games!

• The essential companion to the Naughty Dog collection!

• Released in conjunction with Naughty Dog’s thirtieth-anniversary multimedia event!

CONCRETE PARK VOLUME 1: YOU SEND ME (HC)

Writers: TONY PURYEAR, ERIKA ALEXANDER

Art/Cover: TONY PURYEAR

FC, 64 pages, $12.99

HC, 7" x 10"

Best American Comics 2013 selection!

Earth’s outcasts, exiled to a distant desert planet, will either destroy each other or create something new. Concrete Park Volume 1, a dark, sexy sci-fi saga by Tony Puryear (Eraser) and Erika Alexander, collects the acclaimed chapters from DHP into a “director’s cut” hardcover featuring new pages and bonus materials!

• An acclaimed sci-fi thriller with fantastic twists!

• Blockbuster screenwriter Tony Puryear co-writes and draws!

“A highly graphic style that is incredibly appealing.” -- Comic Book Resources 

CONCRETE PARK: R-E-S-P-E-C-T #2 (of 5)

Writers: TONY PURYEAR, ERIKA ALEXANDER

Art/Cover: TONY PURYEAR

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

An exile on a strange new world, Isaac plunges deeper into danger with the slippery Silas, a nonhuman gang leader. Luca is hunted by the monstrous Potato King, and war engulfs Scare City! Concrete Park -- a sexy sci-fi thriller by Tony Puryear (Eraser) and Erika Alexander -- continues in this “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” arc!

• Included in The Best American Comics 2013!

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

DREAM THIEF: ESCAPE #4 (of 4)

Writer: JAI NITZ

Art/Cover: GREG SMALLWOOD

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

NO REST UNTIL REVENGE!

Ever since he crawled from the Florida swamp, John Lincoln has had one target: the rogue Dream Thief Patricio Brown-Eagle. John’s mission to avenge his girlfriend and free the restless spirit of his murdered father leads to a climactic showdown that will either resolve his past ... or end his future!

• Dream Thief’s ultimate baddie takes a stand!

“An ambitious and beautifully produced fever dream. Don’t wake me up, I want to stay in.” -- Jonathan Hickman

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: RICHARD CORBEN

FC, 216 pages, $24.99

HC, 7" x 10"

This is the complete collection of Edgar Allan Poe classics adapted by master horror comics artist and Eisner Hall of Fame inductee Richard Corben. Collects all DHP stories, The Conqueror WormThe Fall of the House of Usher #1-2, The Raven and the Red DeathMorella and the Murders in the Rue Morgue and more.

“Richard Corben’s art. Man, the guy just gets better and better. There is no plateau.” --Comics Bulletin

EERIE ARCHIVES VOL 17 (HC)

Writers/Art: Various

FC, 280 pages, $49.99

HC, 8 3/8” x 10 7/8”

FRAZETTA! INFANTINO! CORBEN!

The Eerie anthology of horror, fantasy, and science fiction overflows with a bounty of black-and-white tales, always delivering bizarre twists and ironic punches! The latest volume in this award-winning hardcover series features early pieces starring Jim Starlin’s Darklon the Mystic, gorgeous color covers by Frank Frazetta, and plenty of standalone scares! Collects Eerie magazine #81-85.

• Foreword by Denis Kitchen!

• Featuring seven story interpretations inspired by an iconic Frazetta cover!

LOVERBOYS (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: GILBERT HERNANDEZ

B&W, 88 pages, $19.99

HC, 6" x 9"

DRAMA, LOVE AND ROCKETS STYLE!

In the small Palomar-like town of Lagrimas, a young “loverboy” has a torrid affair with the woman who once was his seventh grade teacher, while three young girls plot to poison the populace. It’s a passionate tale as only Gilbert Hernandez, the legendary cocreator of Love and Rockets, can deliver!

Original hardcover graphic novel!

Gilbert Hernandez is “one of the greatest American storytellers. It’s so hard to do funny, tragic, local and epic, and he does all simultaneously, and with great aplomb.” -- Junot Díaz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL – SON OF DATHOMIR (TPB)

Writer: JEREMY BARLOW

Pencils: JUAN FRIGERI

Inks: MAURO VARGAS

Colors: WES DZIOBA

Cover: CHRIS SCALF

FC, 96 pages, $16.99

TP, 7" x 10"

Darth Maul forms the Shadow Collective -- a criminal organization composed of the Hutts, Black Sun, the Mandalorians, and the fearsome Nightbrothers -- and wages war against Darth Sidious and his generals, Count Dooku and General Grievous! Collects Star Wars: Darth Maul -- Son of Dathomir #1-4.

Adapted from unproduced screenplays for season 6 of The Clone Wars, this is the final chapter planned in Darth Maul’s saga!

STAR WARS VOLUME 3: REBEL GIRL (TPB)

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Pencils: STEPHANE CRETY

Inks: JULIEN HUGONNARD-BERT

Colors: GABE ELTAEB

Cover: VICTOR MANUEL LEZA

FC, 96 pages, $16.99

TP, 7" x 10"

A princess betrayed!

To the shock of all who know her, Princess Leia has announced her intention to marry the prince of the remote planet Arrochar! While the Rebels are losing a princess, they’re gaining a new base -- a safe haven from the Empire. Or are they? Collects Star Wars #15–#18.

“Now that Disney owns the Star Wars rights, we won’t have this excellent book much longer, so grab it and enjoy it while you still can.” -- Rhymes with Geek

USAGI YOJIMBO: SENSO #3 (of 6)

Writer/Art/Cover: STAN SAKAI

Cover colors: TOM LUTH

B&W, 24 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

WHO LIVES, WHO DIES?

As Usagi and Tomoe race to warn the town of a marauding Martian war machine, Lord Noriyuki orders an all-out assault against the alien rocket -- ending with General Gennosuke and Jotaro in a desperate battle face to face with the extraterrestrial invaders. Be warned -- some of your favorite characters will not survive this issue!

• From multiple Eisner Award–winning creator Stan Sakai!

• Celebrating Usagi’s 30th anniversary!

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DC COMICS

ACTION COMICS #35

Written by GREG PAK

Art/Cover by AARON KUDER

MONSTERS Variant by NEAL ADAMS

32 pg, FC, $3.99 U.S. • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

“SUPERMAN: DOOMED AFTERMATH”! In the aftermath of “Doomed” -- what is left of The Man of Steel? And what’s become of Smallville?

AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE #5

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Art by MATIAS BERGARA

Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • MATURE READERS

The California Gold Rush. Thousands migrate West, and any average Joe could strike it rich with just one swing of his pick. But one unfortunate miner’s attempts to unearth a fragment of gold inadvertently awaken something much worse. Clues to the mystery of the monstrous new villain, the Gray Trader, are revealed in this adventurous one-shot story featuring the stunning artwork of rising star artist Matias Bergara!

AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #6

Written by DAN JURGENS

Art by LAN MEDINA and ALLEN MARTINEZ

Cover by IVAN REIS

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T

The secret history of The Others threatens to kill them in the present day!

BATMAN ‘66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET #5

Written by KEVIN SMITH and RALPH GARMAN

Art by TY TEMPLETON

Cover by ALEX ROSS

32 pg, FC, 5 of 6, $2.99 U.S.

RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

The Dynamic Duo are prisoners of General Gumm and trapped beneath a giant pasta stamp, about to be turned into Bat-spaghetti. Meanwhile, the explorer Signor Bollo is about to hit Gotham City with a crippling lawsuit for the loss of his valuable collection, and the authorities have no choice but to recruit the outlaw Green Hornet to help them recover it. Holy conundrums! The pot boils over in this penultimate issue!

BATMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION

Written by FRANK MILLER, JEPH LOEB and SCOTT SNYDER

Art by FRANK MILLER, KLAUS JANSON, JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION

Design cover

FC, $49.99 U.S.

Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary with this spectacular slipcase collection featuring the classic trade paperbacks of three of his greatest epics: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, written by Frank Miller with art by Miller and Klaus Janson, BATMAN: HUSH, written by Jeph Loeb with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams, and BATMAN VOL. 1: THE COURT OF OWLS, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion!BATMAN ESSENTIALS: BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR SPECIAL EDITION #1

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Art and cover by JOCK

64 pg, FC, $1.00 U.S.

Batman’s 75th anniversary celebration continues with another promotionally priced special presenting one of the Dark Knight’s greatest tales plus related pages from the 2014 DCE Essential Graphic Novels catalogue! In this special, a series of brutal murders pushes Batman’s detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City’s oldest evils.

BATMAN ETERNAL #26

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

Art by R.M. GUERA

Cover by CLAY MANN

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T

Martial law is imposed on Gotham City! Learn the secret history of one of Batman’s most dangerous foes as he takes center stage!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #14

Written by GREG PAK

Art and cover by JAE LEE

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

1:25 Variant cover

32 pg, FC, $3.99 U.S. • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship four covers.

Part 2 of “Forgotten Heroes” finds the new team of Catwoman and Superman taking on Gotham City -- and there’s nothing Batman or Lois Lane can do to stop them!

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

BATMAN VOL. 4: ZERO YEAR – SECRET CITY (TPB)

Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV

Art by GREG CAPULLO, DANNY MIKI, RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE and others

Cover by GREG CAPULLO

176 pg, FC, $16.99 U.S.

The second arc of BATMAN: ZERO YEAR is collected as the New 52 origin of The Dark Knight delves into Bruce Wayne’s past with the Red Hood Gang and his run-ins with aspiring District Attorney Harvey Dent! You won’t want to miss the moment that Bruce becomes Batman! This new hardcover collects BATMAN #21-24.DETECTIVE COMICS #35

Written by BEN PERCY

Art and cover by JOHN PAUL LEON

MONSTERS Variant cover by BECKY CLOONAN

1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 U.S.

This issue will ship with four covers.

In the first chapter of a two-part tale by the guest team of writer Ben Percy and artist John Paul Leon, a civilian appearance at Gotham Airport turns into a horror show for Batman when a plane full of dead passengers arrives on the runway! What happened -- and what can Bruce Wayne do about it?

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

FABLES DELUXE EDITION BOOK NINE (HC)

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA, NIKO HENRICHON, MICHAEL ALLRED and ANDREW PEPOY

Cover by JAMES JEAN

320 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $29.99 U.S. • MATURE READERS

The final battle between the free Fables of the mundane world and the Empire occupying their former Homelands is here, in these tales from issues #70-82! The creatures of myth and fairytale lore have assembled together to finally face the Adversary and his hordes. But victory will not come without a price -- who will live and who will die for the fate of the Homelands?FAIREST #30

Written by MARK BUCKINGHAM

Art by RUSS BRAUN

Cover by ADAM HUGHES

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S.

MATURE READERS

A Vertigo “Defy Covers” issue! A crime has taken place that will have the whole Farm up in arms if word spreads. Will the Farm’s super sleuth duo, Clara and Wilfred, figure out who the culprit is? And how does it relate to the destruction of a beehive in André Gardens? Meanwhile, in Louisiana, we run with the fox as Reynard and Meghan, living rough, try to stay one step ahead of Uncle Bobby and Cousin Joey.

FAIREST VOL. 4: OF MEN AND MICE (TPB)

Written by MARC ANDREYKO

Art by SHAWN McMANUS

Cover by ADAM HUGHES

144 pg, FC, $14.99 U.S. • MATURE READERS

Cinderella returns in an all-new epic from FAIREST #21-26! After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cindy is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball! Can she uncover the plot and prevent a massacre in Fabletown?

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS VOL. 2: WISH YOU WERE HERE (TPB)

Written by SIMON OLIVER

Art by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

Cover by NATHAN FOX

144 pg, FC, $14.99 U.S. • MATURE READERS

In this second FBP volume collecting issues #8-13, agents Rosa and Adam are invited to take part in an experiment that will test their limits and blur their concept of reality. And after a beautiful moment is shattered, Rosa and Adam get to see firsthand why Nakeet is known as the strangest town north of the forty-eight.

THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO #1

Written by ANDREW KREISBERG

Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR

Photo cover

1:5 Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T • Digital First

This issue will ship with two covers.

An all-new digital first series From the world of the highly anticipated new TV show The Flash! Follow the adventures of Barry Allen as he struggles to balance his job as a police crime scene investigator, his unrequited crush on Iris West (who also happens to be his boss’ daughter) and his new life as Central City’s guardian angel! Don’t miss out!

GOTHAM ACADEMY #1

Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER

Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL

1:25 Variant cover by BECKY CLOONAN

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

WELCOME TO GOTHAM ACADEMY! Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by ... like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange is the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman MAPS is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new, monthly teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past …

GRAYSON #3

Written by TIM SEELEY and TOM KING

Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN

MONSTERS Variant cover by JAN DUURSEMA

1:25 Variant cover by CLAY MANN

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T

This issue will ship with three covers.

A secret mission. A partner in danger. Dick Grayson draws his gun. Will the heir to Batman pull the trigger? Also featuring the stunning, not to be missed debut of a new key player in the DC Universe: the world’s greatest spy, the Tiger.

GREEN ARROW #35

Written by ANDREW KREISBERG and BEN SOKOLOWSKI

Art by DANIEL SAMPERE

Cover by BRYAN HITCH

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T

Welcome new series writers straight from the hit TV show Arrow! Ollie is trying to put his life together after the grueling events of “Broken,” and finds himself back in Seattle on a mission from a mystery woman. Who is she -- and what’s next for Green Arrow?

GREEN LANTERN #35

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art and cover by BILLY TAN and ROB HUNTER

MONSTERS Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $3.99 U.S.

This issue will ship with three covers.

“GODHEAD” Act 1, Part 2: That shudder you felt was the New Gods declaring their intentions against all ring-wielders! Having staked their claim to the emotional spectrum, the New Gods set about redefining the universe in their image, starting with Metron, who’s determined to steal the secrets of the Corps’ Citadel. But Hal and the Corps have something to say about that. Good luck trying to make yourself heard when you’re talking to a god!

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

NEW GODS: GODHEAD #1

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

Art by PETE WOODS, BILLY TAN, RAGS MORALES and others

Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA

1:25 Variant cover by LEE WEEKS

One-shot • 44 pg, FC, $4.99 U.S. • RATED T

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

“GODHEAD” Act 1, Part 1: Highfather, leader of the New Gods, has long studied the infinite and infinitely mysterious Source Wall which surrounds the universe. Now, he has learned that during “Green Lantern: Lights Out,” the ring-wielders broke through the Wall and stole secrets of cosmic importance. Determined to breach the Source Wall himself, Highfather must gain one of each colored ring in the emotional spectrum. But even mighty Highfather doesn’t know all, and the forces he’s about to unleash will have transformative effects on the whole DC Universe! Cosmic mystery, overwhelming odds, familiar and brand-new New Gods -- This one’s got it all! This issue also includes a special fold-out that will take you to the Source Wall like never before!

HINTERKIND #12

Written by IAN EDGINTON

Art by FRANCESCO TRIFOGLI

Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S.

MATURE READERS

A Vertigo “Defy Covers” issue! The second story arc comes to an end with big changes for The Hinterkind: After plotting to murder her mother, Tersia is queen – for a day! Malachi, the Red Knight, gets a bodyguard of his own! Prosper meets her Prince! Jon Hobb finds his humanity -- and the Vampire Nation gets a kick in the teeth!

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO VOL. 1 (HC)

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art by BRUNO REDONDO, XERMANICO, KEVIN MAGUIRE, TOM DERENICK, NEIL GOOGE,

MIKE S. MILLER and JHEREMY RAAPACK

Cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK

144 pg, FC, $22.99 US

The best-selling prequel to the hit videogame picks up right where it left off! Year one is over – now, year two begins. The death of one of their own has divided Earth’s protectors as hero turns against hero. As Superman’s iron grip on the world tightens, at the edge of the galaxy, another grave threat approaches. Collects INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #1-6.



INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO ANNUAL #1

Written by TOM TAYLOR and MARGUERITE BENNETT

Art by JHEREMY RAAPACK and DAVE YARDIN

Cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK

48 pg, FC, $4.99 U.S.

RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

Featuring two untold tales! Hal Jordan’s alliance with Sinestro is tenuous at best. How can it continue? Then, as the resistance in Gotham City digs in, Commissioner Gordon works with his daughter Barbara for the first time. But their time together is running out!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #34

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art by DOUG MAHNKE and KEITH CHAMPAGNE

Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover by DALE EAGLESHAM

1:25 Variant cover by RAGS MORALES

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 U.S.

This issue will ship with four covers.

Paranoid survivalist. Wanted fugitive. Damned soul. Meet the newest member of the Justice League: Jessica Cruz, a.k.a. Power Ring! With the most dangerous weapon in the universe in her possession, Jessica has been transformed into a dark prophet – one who will force the other members of the League to confront their greatest fears in preparation for a horrific new threat. Meanwhile, Batman and Lex Luthor continue their mission to cure the world of super-villains – but will the extremes they’re willing to go to threaten even their closest allies? Lex hopes so.

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #10

Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS

Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T

Don’t miss the JLA3K’s final battle against the fury of The Five!

JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND 2.0: POWER STRUGGLE (TPB)

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE

Art by IBAN COELLO and ROB LEAN

Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

176 pg, FC, $16.99 U.S.

In these tales from JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND 2.0 Chapters #1-16, Superman’s powers are raging out of control, and the League must figure out a way to protect the world -- and themselves -- from the Last Son of Krypton. Plus, two of Superman’s greatest foes return!

LOBO #1

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by REILLY BROWN

Cover by AARON KUDER

1:25 Variant cover by BEN OLIVER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T+

This issue will ship with two covers.

The all-new Lobo brings the ultraviolence to his new ongoing series! If the first few blood-soaked pages of this issue don’t shock you -- nothing will!

LOONEY TUNES #221

Written by MATT MANNING

Art and cover by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED E

Wile E. Coyote is up to his usual antics, trying to use his Acme explosives on the ever happy-go-lucky Road Runner. But when his latest master plans goes wrong and lands outside of the panel, Wile E. may have discovered a way to trick the Road Runner that even the pages themselves can’t contain!

THE NAMES #2

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ

Cover by CELIA CALLE

32 pg, FC, 2 of 8, $2.99 U.S. • MATURE READERS

Searching for the truth behind the mysterious death of her husband, Katya Walker is drawn into the dangerous, nightmarish world of the Names. Meanwhile, the psychopathic killer known as the Surgeon makes a new move, and we learn more about the bizarre creatures know as the Dark Loops.

THE NEW 52: FUTURE'S END #22

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

Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER

Cover by RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T

How will the world react to discovering the identity of the masked Superman?

SWAMP THING #35

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T+

“THE MACHINE QUEEN,” part 1: Between the Red, the Rot, the Green and the Grey, Swamp Thing thought he’d seen it all. But now he’s about to meet the avatar of a whole new Kingdom whose impact on the lives of all humanity goes deeper than even the Green’s -- the Machine! And when Swampy gets the opportunity to step aside and allow the Machine to take over, he may have good reason to accept the offer!

TEEN TITANS GO!: TITANS TOGETHER (TPB NEW PRINTING)

Written by J. TORRES

Art by MIKE NORTON, TODD NAUCK and others

Cover by TODD NAUCK

144 pg, FC, $12.99 U.S.

The all-ages collection featuring TEEN TITANS GO! #27-32 is back in print, with the team’s battles with Jinx, Mas y Menos, Dr. Light and more! Plus, appearances by the Doom Patrol and Nightwing!TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE #5

Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO

Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR

32 pg, 5 of 6, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED E

Just when all hope of finding a new treehouse is lost, the girls travel to Paradise Island! Oh, what a wonderful place it is! But where are all the boys? And who’s Terra supposed to throw rocks at now?

WONDER WOMAN #34

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO

Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $2.99 U.S. • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Is this the end of Olympus and the gods? Wonder Woman is locked in a desperate battle with the First Born with the destiny of immortals at stake -- and she must make a decision that will effect the lives of those she loves most.WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5: FLESH (HC)

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO

Art by CLIFF CHIANG, ACO, GORAN SUDZUKA and JOSE MARZAN JR.

Cover by CLIFF CHIANG

176 pg, FC, $24.99 U.S.

Wonder Woman’s life is changed forever when she is called on to take the place of War on Olympus! In these stories from issue WONDER WOMAN #24-29 and WONDER WOMAN #23.2 FIRST BORN, Diana must decide if the path set out for her is one she wants to take. But there’s no time for Wonder Woman to fully comprehend the fallout as her family gathers to prepare for an assault on Olympus!

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 4: WAR (TPB)

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO

Art by CLIFF CHIANG, GORAN SUDZUKA, TONY AKINS and DAN GREEN

Cover by CLIFF CHIANG

144 pg, FC, $14.99 U.S.

Wonder Woman’s world is shocked to its core when her eldest brother, the First Born, is freed from his slumber. Now, with her family in ruins and her friends scattered, she must turn to Orion and the New Gods of New Genesis to save herself and Zola’s newborn from the First Born’s wrath! Collecting WONDER WOMAN #19-23.

DYNAMITE COMICS

THE BLOOD QUEEN #5

Writer: TROY BROWNFIELD

Art: FRITZ CASAS

Cover A: JAY ANACLETO

Cover B: ALE GARZA

Mature / 32 pages / $3.99

Desperate to prevent a war, the lands call together a Council of Kings (and we know that didn't go well last time). Meanwhile, Jon Hunter and Sir Ferenc investigate a murder in the castle, the trail of which leads to a new conspiracy. As the conflicts escalate, Elizabeth leads Helena and Sara on a mission to uncover the secret of the burning fields. This leads her to a startling revelation and the specter of a new threat rising. And when she's confronted with a harsh reality, how far will Elizabeth go in the name of blood and magic? Dynamite's latest fantasy epic is building to a fever pitch in "Reign in Blood"!

CHAOS! #6 (OF 6)

Writer: TIM SEELEY

Art: MIRKA ANDOLFO

Cover: EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

Variant A: TIN SEELEY

Variant B: NEI RUFFINO

Subscription Variant: CARLOS RAFAEL

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

The final issue of the epic Chaos event, redefining Evil Ernie, Chastity, Purgatori, the Chosen, and the greatest horror comic universe of all time! A wave of suicide engulfs the United States. The conflicting forces of the Chaos Universe arrive at the Fairview Mental Institution to determine the fate of the world. Is it a new beginning or a new Armageddon?

CRYPTOZOIC MAN VOL 1 (TPB)

Writers: BRYAN JOHNSON, WALTER FLANAGAN

Art/Cover: WALTER FLANAGAN

112 pages / Teen + / $17.99

From the minds of Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan, stars of AMC's hit television show Comic Book Men! Shortly after Alan Ostman's daughter goes missing on a family camping trip, he finds himself living life on the fringes. After a particularly rough night, an industrialist interested in Alan's research focusing on the "alternative sciences" bails him out of jail and offers Alan a job. Think your boss is bad? At least they're (probably) not a leather pig-mask wearing, inter-dimensional miscreant bent on having a race of malignant beasts exterminate the world's best known cryptids and destroy the entire universe in the process. Does humanity have a shot? A mythical society of gray aliens didn't create Cryptozoic Man for nothing!

THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD #1 (OF 5)

Writer: CHRISTINA BLANCH, CHRIS CARR

Art: CHEE

Covers: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to welcome The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, the popular web comic first published by digital platform Thrillbent, to their print publishing library, beginning in October with the release of the first issue by Christina Blanch, Chris Carr, Chee, and Troy Peteri.  The debut issue features a color cover by Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie), plus an incentive cover edition by regular series artist Chee.

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood dares to ask:  how far will a man go to save his son?  Charlie Wormwood has a pretty normal life -- a house, a wife, a job, and a kid.  With his son sick, he begins treading a dangerous path to make things right.  Teaching in prison gives him many "opportunities," but what problems will he create as he walks into the prison of darkness for his family?

"The whole Wormwood team is so excited about having our book in print," says Christina Blanch, who co-wrote and co-created the series.  "I love digital and print, so there's nothing better!  What's great about being in both digital and print is that you get a different experience while reading the comic digitally and in print form."

Co-creators Blanch and Carr originally launched the series via Thrillbent, a digital comic site created by award-winning writer Mark Waid and television writer/producer John Rogers.  Their first chapter debuted on April 3, 2013, with weekly chapters posted on Mondays.  They are currently up to the twelfth chapter of their second volume.

"One of the biggest treats for me was when I first saw the cover of the Dynamite book.  The book has always been in black and white, and we really don't have covers for the digital version.  However, for the Dynamite #1 issue, both Chee and Francesco Francavilla did covers that were in color.  When I first saw Charlie in color, I just stared and stared."

"The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is hands-down a fantastic series.  Christina, Chris, Chee, and Troy could have set up the series with any publisher.  We're honored that they chose Dynamite.  This is a great series and I cannot wait for comic stores to make the comics and graphic novel collections available to their fans for years to come," states Dynamite CEO/President Nick Barrucci.

Critics have embraced The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, as demonstrated below.

"The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is really, really good... Blanch is turning out a terrific comic." -- Russ Burlingame, ComicBook.com

"A smart and fast read that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys literary references strewn about their comics, and also those that love watching characters' moral quandaries." -- We Are Comic Reviewers

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. HARRY HOUDINI #1

Writer: ANTHONY DEL SOL, CONOR MCCREERY

Art: CARLOS FURUZONO

Main Cover: JOHN CASSADASY

Variant Cover A: AARON CAMPBELL

Variant Cover B: COLTON WORLEY

Rating: Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery will bring their skill for literary reimagining to a new comic book miniseries event, Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini.  Best known for their acclaimed series Kill Shakespeare, Del Col and McCreery have joined with skillful artist Carlos Furuzono to bring two larger-than-life icons into conflict:  the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and real-life stage magician and stunt performer Harry Houdini.  The battle between sleuth and showman launches with its first issue in October, featuring cover variants by John Cassaday, Aaron Campbell, and Colton Worley.

"Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini are two of the most fascinating characters of the last hundred-plus years.  Placing them together in the same world produces so many moments of mystery, intrigue, illusion, and reveal," says Del Col, who then quips, "And that's only during our research, in which Conor and I escaped near-death experiences while donning deerstalker caps."

In Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1, famed detective Sherlock Holmes and brash showman Harry Houdini must combine forces to defeat a mysterious mystic dedicated to destroying Houdini's career and killing anyone who gets in his way.  But despite their singular purpose, the two titans have too much professional pride between them ... and it's only a matter of time until the deadliest sin has them facing off.

Del Col and McCreery took the comic book industry by storm with their creator-owned Kill Shakespeare series, launched in 2010.  In addition to their comics work, they each have found a string of success in diverse entertainment venues.  Del Col has worked in the music, film, and television industries, produced two independent feature films, and most recently assisted with the management of international pop star Nelly Furtado and her world tour.  McCreery has served in both creative and business positions for film and television companies, contributed over 1,000 stories and articles for media outlets, and also provided expert analysis for Canada's Business News Network.

Conor McCreery says, "Working with Dynamite is a blast.  Their editorial team has proven repeatedly that they know how to make legacy characters like Sherlock Holmes come alive.  We couldn't wait to get the chance to work with and learn from some of the best minds in comicdom."

"I cannot say enough about both the characters and the creative on this series.  Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic fictional characters in the world, and an inspiration for other comic heroes.  Harry Houdini oozed charisma and was a brilliant man as well, as demonstrated by his penchant for debunking spiritualists.  The team-up of these amazing characters is perfect.  We've wanted to have this meeting of two great minds for years, but didn't want to place the project on the schedule until we had the right creative team, and Anthony and Conor are that team.  They are intimidatingly smart... and you would have to be to write Holmes and Houdini.  Anthony and Conor have proven how well they can handle historical literary characters, and now will add an iconic real-world character, Harry Houdini, to their resume," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.

JIM BUTCHER'S DRESDEN FILES: WAR CRY #5 (OF 5)

Writer: JIM BUTCHER, MARK POWERS

Art: CARLOS GOMEZ

Cover: STJEPAN SEJIC "Wraparound"

Teen + / 40 pages / $4.99

Giant-sized conclusion with a wraparound cover! Harry Dresden and his Wardens are beaten, exhausted, and vastly outnumbered. But a supernatural weapon of mass destruction has been unleashed-and it doesn't distinguish between wizard and vampire, Red Court or White Court, Venatori or civilian! Can Harry and his half-brother Thomas accomplish the impossible and contain the otherworldly beast before it devours thousands, while simultaneously battling the bloodthirsty Red Court? Their long night is almost over -- but a new and darker one may just be starting ...

MERCY THOMPSON #1 (OF 6)

Writers: PATRICIA BRIGGS, RIK HOSKIN

Art/Covers: TOM GARCIA

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Mercy Thompson #1, the first issue in a six-issue miniseries by fan-favorite author Patricia Briggs, will be released in print and digital formats on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  Co-written by Rik Hoskin and illustrated by Tom Garcia, the new Mercy Thompson comic book series is set within official continuity with the successful novel series, and features a story never before told in any other medium.

Originally announced in May 2014, the storyline -- entitled "Hopcross Jilly" -- follows the titular heroine, a shape-shifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack.  When her pack stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, Mercy finds herself drawn into a mystery of the legendary fae … one that may result in her death.  Longtime Mercy Thompson fans will be rewarded to see that Mercy's step-daughter, Jesse, takes her place in the spotlight for the first time.

Patricia Briggs says, "‘Hopcross Jilly' explores the darker side of the fae in a way I could never do with words alone.  The graphics remind me of the horror comics I read in the seventies, and the impact adds immeasurably to the story.  The synergy between Rik Hoskin, Tom Garcia, and I has been exciting from this side of the page -- and the result is better than I dreamed it could be."

Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci says, "Patricia is a fantastic writer who has woven an incredible tapestry within the world of Mercy Thompson.  The brand new story she laid out is fantastic, and we're fortunate that she's involved every step of the way.  She hand-picked Rik Hoskins and Tom Garcia to help craft this incredible tale.  We're honored that Patricia is working with us to bring this new chapter in Mercy's life to fans around the world."

VAMPIRELLA #5

Writer: NANCY A. COLLINS

Art: PATRICK BERKENKOTTER

Cover: TERRY DODSON

Variant: JENNY FRISON

Subscription Variant: STEPHANIE BUSCEMA

Rating: Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

In "Kauzstadt", the penultimate episode of the "Our Lady of Shadow" story arc, Vampirella and Drago travel to Eastern Europe in search of the vampire blood necessary to defeat Lady Umbra, the Queen of Shadows. Their first stop is in Serbia, where they must locate and hunt down the rarest of vampires, the eerily beautiful Leptirica, before heading to the Transylvanian village of Kauzstadt, home of the King of the Nosferatu -- who also happens to be Vampirella's half-brother! From the creative team of writer Nancy A. Collins (Swamp Thing, Sunglasses After Dark) and Patrick Berkenkotter (Avengers/Invaders, The Torch).

IDW PUBLICATIONS

ANGRY BIRDS #5

Writer: PAUL TOBIN

Art: THOMAS CABELLIC & Various

Cover: PACO RODRIQUES

Subscription Variant: JARROD GECEK

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Eisner-award winning writer, Paul Tobin, continues to fly high in this issue, featuring two brand-new stories sure to have you flocking to the comic shop for more!

• Number one best-selling iOS app of all time!

• Over 2 billion downloads. That’s a lot of flying birds and bruised pigs!

BEN 10 CLASSICS VOL 3

Writers: MATT WAYNE, CHARLOTTE FULLERTON, AMY WOLFRAM, ROBBIE BUSCH, JASON HALL, JAKE BLACK, ARIE KAPLAN, MERRILL HAGAN, MATTHEW LEHOSIT

Art: ROB HAYNES, MARK CAVALLARO, MIN S. KU

Cover: ETHEN BEAVERS

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages

The adventures continue with stories featuring Ben 10 Alien Force. Volume 3 presents the comics from Cartoon Network Action Pack issues #27–46.

COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD’S DICK TRACY, VOL. 17

Writer/Art/Cover: CHESTER GOULD

HC • B&W • $39.99 • 272 pages • 11” x 8.5”

Chester Gould ups the ante in his assault on juvenile delinquency in the startling -- and literally haunting -- conclusion to the Flattop Jr. saga. Meanwhile, the squad room becomes co-ed when Lizz permanently joins the cast. Money remains the motivating factor for a new host of crazed villains, including the gymnastic murderesses, the Kitten Sisters; killer con men, the Clipso Brothers; two different spouse slayers; a notorious counterfeiter; and a “blind” drug pusher.

Reprints strips from May 14, 1956 through December 14, 1957.

FLESH & STEEL: THE ART OF RUSS HEATH (HC)

Writer: FLORENTINO FLORES

Art: RUSS HEATH

$49.99

Following in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed Wallace Wood: Woodworks and Big John Buscema museum catalogs comes Flesh & Steel: The Art of Russ Heath. As with those first two books, this is an art catalog of a single artist's extraordinary body of work, following Heath from his very earliest days as an artist to the present, and featuring a cornucopia of rare and never-before-seen-art, many from Heath's personal archives. His early days at Atlas, EC, DC, Warren, National Lampoon, and Marvel are all showcased. Intricalely researched, with a complete index of his work is presented, this is a masterful book focusing on a masterful artist! Text is in both English and Spanish.

HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST 2014 MY LITTLE PONY

Writer: JEREMY WHITLEY

Art: TONY FLEECS

Cover: AMY MEBBERSON

The Cutie Mark Crusaders go to the one creature that might just be crazy enough to help them get their cutie marks ... Discord! Is he up to the task? Find out in this madcap adventure, perfect for all ages!

Available for FREE* from most comic shops on Halloween ComicFest, October 25th.

(*Check with your local retailer on rules and availability.)

KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE MASK OF NIGHT #4 (of 4)

Writer: ANTHONY DEL COL & CONOR McCREERY

Art/Cover: ANDY BELANGER

Subscription Variant: J.K. WOODWARD

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

If you wrong us, shall we not seek revenge?  Betrayed by the vicious cannibal Captain Lucius, Viola and Hamlet must undertake an odds-defying mission to punish a murder most foul.

An excellent companion piece to the new Kill Shakespeare board game released by IDW Games!

POPEYE CLASSICS #27

Writer/Art/Cover: BUD SAGENDORF

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

This issue contains the single most bizarre, funny, surreal and outright weird story of the entire run of Popeye comic books!  Wait until you read, "Thimble Theatre Presents Popeye in a Dismal, Distressing and Doleful Story entitled 'The Happy Little Island!' " Cast of characters: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Swee' Pea, Wimpy, A happy island and ten thousand nasty little critters!

Variant Cover by Shawn Pacheco!

PUCK: WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE!

Writers: MICHAEL ALEXANDER KAHN, RICHARD SAMUEL WEST

Art: Various

Cover: Joseph Keppler

HC with dustjacket • FC • $59.99 • 328 pages • 12” x 11”

Published from 1877 to 1918, Puck was America’s first successful humor magazine. It was also the most influential American humor magazine ever. It was also the first American magazine to publish color lithographs on a weekly basis. And, for nearly forty years, it was a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists, led by its co-founder, Joseph Keppler.

IDW and The Library of American Comics will release an important contribution to political and political cartooning anthologies. What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck is a lavish coffee table book retrospective that beautifully displays why Puck is considered the most important political satire and cartoon magazine in American history. It’s all about the art -- lavish color full-page and two-page centerspread cartoons.

With nearly 300 full-color plates in a oversized 12” x 11” format, What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck is the first opportunity for most readers to see so many cartoons from Puck reproduced in color and at a large size.

Stephen Hess, in his seminal history of American political cartooning, The Ungentlemanly Art, said, “It is hard to overestimate the political influence of Puck…during the last two decades of the 19th Century.  It was greater than all newspapers combined.”  It is often said that the magazine was single-handedly responsible for thwarting the third-term ambitions of Ulysses Grant in 1880 and electing Grover Cleveland to the presidency in 1884.

Written by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West with reproductions made from their unique collections and supplemented by the Library of Congress, the book is organized by subject matter, reflecting the most important issues of the day. Each cartoon is accompanied by an explanatory caption, placing the work in historical perspective.

Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) provides the foreword to this important piece of American history. Take this special peek into the past and see how much, or in some cases, how little, things have changed.

Must. Get.

ROGUE TROOPER CLASSICS #6 (of 8)

Writer: GERRY FINLEY-DAY

Art: BRETT EWINS, ERIC BRADBURY, CAM KENNEDY, COLIN WILSON,

Cover: JOHN MCCREA

Subscription Variant: DAVE GIBBONS

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The adventures of the only surviving Genetic Infantryman continue! In this issue, take in the finale of “Bagman Blues,” meet the oddball “Body Looters,” and begin the epic “All Hell on the Dix-I Front”!

• This issue features fan-favorites Mister Bland and Mister Brass!

• Plus, the classic epic “All Hell on the Dix-I Front” starts here!

SAMURAI JACK VOL 2: THE SCOTSMAN'S CURSE

Writer: JIM ZUB

Art: BRITTNEY WILLIAMS, ANDY SURIANO, ETHEN BEAVERS, ANDY KUHN

Cover: ANDY SURIANO

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages

Collects issues #5-10.

Jack's journey to return to his own time continues as he teams up with old pal, the Scotsman! Plus, a battle with a foe that controls the forces of gravity, and Aku sends an opponent who unravels the thoughts and memories that make Jack a samurai.

SILENT HILL DOWNPOUR: ANNIE'S STORY #2 (of 4)

Writer: TOM WALTZ

Art/Cover: TRISTAN JONES

Subscription Variant: JOSE HOLDER

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece! Vengeful prison guard Anne Marie Cunningham continues her terrifying trek through the cursed streets of Silent Hill … and through her own horrific memories! An all-new canonical tale spinning directly out of the hit 2012 video game Silent Hill Downpour and featuring fan-favorite characters from Silent Hill lore!  Written by Tom Waltz (TMNT), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters).

• Written by the co-writer of the Silent Hill Downpour videogame.

•  Features popular characters from the video game, including Howard Blackwood, who also appears in Silent Hill: Past Life.

SKYLANDERS: THE KAOS TRAP

Writers: RON MARZ, DAVID A. RODRIGUEZ

Art: MIKE BOWDEN, DAVID BALDEON & Various

Cover: FICO OSSIO

HC • FC • $9.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9”

The #1 kids videogame and hottest-selling toy, SKYLANDERS, is coming to your bookshelf in all-new comic book adventures! Join fan-favorite characters Spyro, Stealth Elf, Trigger Happy and more in these original, never-before-seen stories that tie directly into the videogames.

• Skylanders is one of the Top 20 best-selling video games of all-time in just 2 years!

• Skylanders figures outsold all top action-figure lines worldwide for two years running!

THE SQUIDDER #4 (of 4)

Writer/Art/Cover: BEN TEMPLESMITH

 FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The final chapter. You can't keep a good squid down. Well, maybe you can—it's one last shot for humanity and, as it turns out, possibly the entire universe. This is either the end or a new beginning, and only the Squidder himself can decide.

Subscription Variant: WAYSHAK

STAR TREK GOLD KEY ARCHIVES VOL 2 (HC)

Writer: LEN WIEN

Art: ALBERTO GIOLITTI

Cover: MICHAEL STRIBLING

$29.99

Boldly going ... where it all started! Presenting the first comic book adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew! Fully re-mastered with new colors, this volume collects issues #7-12, including stories such as "The Voodoo Planet," "The Legacy of Lazarus," "The Brain Shocker" and more.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #38

Writer: TOM WALTZ, KEVIN EASTMAN

Art: MATEUS SANTOLOUCO

Cover: MATEUS SANTOLOUCO, KEVIN EASTMAN

$3.99

Old Hob has perfected the art of making mutants! With the ranks of his mutant gang swelling, the Turtles will have to determine if they can truly trust Hob against the Foot. Throw in Alopex's return to New York and the mutant mayhem will only get crazier!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES VOL 9: MONSTERS, MISFITS AND MADMEN

Writers: TOM WALTZ, KEVIN EASTMAN

Art/Cover: MATEUS SANTOLOUCO

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages

Collects issues #33–36.

The Turtles return to New York to find a city in Shredder’s grip. Donatello seeks help from his cranky friend Harold, Raphael and Michelangelo pay a visit to Old Hob, and Leonardo and Splinter plan for a coming war. 

TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE (TPB)

Writer: MAIRGHREAD SCOTT

Art: SARAH STONE

Cover: CASEY W. COLLER

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages

In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? 

“Sarah Stone’s art brings new life to Transformers!” -- Unleash The FanboyX-FILES: YEAR ZERO #3 (of 5)

Writer: KARL KESEL

Art: VIC MALHOTRA, GREG SCOTT

Cover: CARLOS VALENZUELA

$3.99

When a blue-collar worker from New Jersey passes prophetic messages to the FBI from a mysterious "Mr. Zero," Mulder is convinced it is the same otherworldly entity that contacted the FBI through a suburban housewife in the 1940s. This similarly named "Mr. Xero" pointed the FBI toward many unusual cases, leading to the establishment of "the X-Files"!

 

IMAGE COMICS

ALEX + ADA #9

Story: JONATHAN LUNA & SARAH VAUGHN

Art / Cover: JONATHAN LUNA

SEPTEMBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Ada explores life without Alex and discovers just how dangerous it is to be a sentient android out in the world.

BLACKHAND COMICS (HC)

Story / Art / Cover: WES CRAIG

104 PAGES / FC / T+ / 5.5 x 10.7” / $19.99

Attention purveyors of fine comic products everywhere! You won't want to miss this incredible offer!

For the first time, Wes Craig’s BLACKHAND COMICS will be published in print, in a hardcover edition from Image Comics. This trio of tales exploring the fringes of society, the weird and the macabre, previously published as web comics, are written and drawn by Craig, artist and co-creator of DEADLY CLASS.

“The Gravediggers’ Union” tells the secrets of the men who work a job no one else wants. Sure, they dig graves, but there’s a lot more to their duties than backhoes and shovels. ... Most importantly: to make sure the dead stay buried!

It’s ultimate freedom on the midway in “Circus Day,” as a brother and sister sneak off to take in the sights. The young boy is desperate to get into the freak show, but what he could find there may make him change his mind!

“The Seed” is a tale of terror, of dark forces that pursue a man who once embraced the power they gave him.

Blackhand Comics is my baby. My weird, sinister, freak show baby …” said Craig. “I'd like to think the stories inside make you feel like you're reading an old EC comic in a jazz club, and you've just been slipped some psychotropic drugs."

BLACKHAND COMICS will be in comic book stores on October 1 and bookstores on October 14.

BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR #5 (of 5)

Story: DANIEL FREEDMAN & SINA GRACE

Art / Cover A: SINA GRACE

Cover B: SETH DAMOOSE & SHAUN STEVEN STRUBLE

SEPTEMBER 3 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The epic, oversized conclusion of Reign of Terror is here! Rock, Bear, Lex and their allies go toe-to-toe with the foes at MannCorp. Are they strong enough to survive? This finale is not to be missed!

CUTTER #1 (of 4)

Story: ROBERT NAPTON & SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY

Art / Cover: CHRISTIAN DIBARI

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.99

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance ... to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer ..."The Cutter." From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

THE FADE OUT #2

Story: ED BRUBAKER

Art / Cover: SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER

SEPTEMBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC /M / $3.50

Was a murder covered up? Or did the movie starlet commit suicide? And how does the show go on with a dead leading lady and an unfinished film?

BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS’ new crime noir masterpiece is just getting started! Remember, every month THE FADE OUT has exclusive back pages articles that are only available in the single issues.

Is this cover an homage, or a shout-out, to another Brubaker and Phillips production? Take a look at the Criminal cover, and decide for yourself!

GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #2

Story: RYAN BROWNE

Art / Cover A: RYAN BROWNE

Cover B: JIM RUGG

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

The best comic that your mom probably won't want to read just got bester!

With an army of space crabs about to launch, we take a second to look back and reflect on why those darn space crabs are so crabby! CRABS!

HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN #4

Story: MICHAEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY

Art: EMILIO LAISO

Cover: STEFANO CASELLI

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

The story takes a deadly turn as Cassie, October, and Delroy face off against a horde of monsters led to battle by the legendary God Beast.

LI’L DEPRESSED BOY: SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TOO

Writer: S. STEVEN STRUBLE

Art/Cover: SINA GRACE

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

"ALWAYS SOMETHING IN MY BLINDSPOT"

Picking up where they left off, Li’l Depressed Boy takes up his adventures in love, life and vinyl, but this time with the further romantic complications that come with enjoying a new relationship while occasionally bumping into the ex -- a punkster named Jazz -- and the residual feelings that stirs up.

In an interview with USA Today, Struble said, “LDB is conflicted about Jazz. She broke his heart, but he doesn't think she did it on purpose. He now knows to not let himself get too close to her, but she has a habit of appearing when least expected."

Grace added: "The scripts Struble sent me have been the best blend of melancholic love, and I hope that readers old and new are as excited as we are for LDB's return to the spinner racks!"

Join LDB as he copes with work woes and navigates love triangles in LI’L DEPRESSED BOY: SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TOO #1

What's this guy got to be depressed about? Both his ex-girlfriend and his current squeeze are knockouts! Depressed? Ha! He's just a whiner!

MADAME FRANKENSTEIN #6 (of 7)

Story: JAMIE S. RICH

Art: MEGAN LEVENS

Cover: JOELLE JONES & NICK FILARDI

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / BW / T+ / $2.99

Tensions build to a boil. Henry confronts Vincent about his messing around with dead bodies and Vincent’s new girlfriend comes snooping in the lab. Violence erupts when the mad doctor’s creation meets her replacement!

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 1 (HC)

Story: JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art: NICK PITARRA

300 PAGES / FC / T+ / $34.99

“SCIENCE. BAD.”

What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs? What if the union of a generation's brightest minds was not a signal for optimism, but foreboding? What if everything ... went wrong?

Collects THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #1-10.

MASTERPLASTY (ONE-SHOT)

Story / Art / Cover: JAMES HARVEY

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

OVERSIZED

“A MODERN CLASSIC” -- Ronald Wimberly, Prince of Cats, Black Dynamite.

Writer and artist James Harvey’s MASTERPLASTY, the cult online sensation, will finally be available in print, coming to Image Comics this October.

A young man decides to leave his college girlfriend after undergoing a new medical procedure which drastically modifies the physical appearance of the human body in ways both beautiful and hideous. But will changing the outside change what’s within?

"Reading comics as a kid, I loved Spider-Man, I loved indie books like Dan Clowes or Julie Doucet, I loved Akira, I loved Image artists like J. Scott Campbell. ... I didn't see genres or styles," says Harvey. "I just saw comics. I still do. I think you can see that in the work I do."

When asked if he was to comics what Prince is to music -- neither R&B, funk, or rock -- just Prince, Harvey said: "Exactly. I want to be the Prince of comics. I already had two ribs taken out and I'm wearing ladies' underwear, so I'm halfway there."

This is James Harvey’s print debut. The issue will be in oversized format,  and is beautifully illustrated in the tradition of Jamie Hewlett and Katsuhiro Otomo.

 

MORNING GLORIES #41

Story: NICK SPENCER

Art: JOE EISMA

Cover: RODIN ESQUEJO

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

"Nowhere else to go."

NAILBITER #6

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art / Cover: MIKE HENDERSON

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

It’s a serial killer!

NAILBITER, VOL. 1: THERE WILL BE BLOOD (TPB)

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art / Cover: MIKE HENDERSON

OCTOBER 1 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99

SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE!

Collects NAILBITER #1-5

From the outside, Buckaroo, Oregon, seems like a typical small town, but there’s something that makes it extraordinary. The setting of NAILBITER, by Joshua Williamson (GHOSTED) and Mike Henderson (MASKS AND MOBSTERS), is the hometown of 16 of the world’s most heinous serial killers. Random chance? FBI profiler Eliot Carroll didn’t think so, and his investigations led him deep into Buckaroo’s secrets … where he disappeared without a trace.

Now, Carroll’s best friend, army intelligence officer Nicholas Finch, has come to Buckaroo in search of him. The most obvious suspect is Edward “The Nailbiter” Warren -- a psychopath acquitted of 45 counts of first degree murder. Warren may be the key to finding Carroll -- as well as the latest killer who has begun to menace Buckaroo.

“I’ve always wondered ‘why,' and 'how?’ What happens in a person’s life that turns them into that kind of monster?” said writer Williamson of his interest in serial killers in an interview at Multiversity Comics. “Is it an event or are they born that way? It’s part of what we explore in the overall Nailbiter story.”

“[Nailbiter] really wended its way in directions we hadn’t predicted once sketches and designs started being kicked back and forth,” said artist Henderson of the creative process. “We both saw a twisting mystery though, rooted under the town of Buckaroo and affecting everyone in it in different (often horrible) ways.”

A mystery with the psychological horror of Hannibal and the surreal small-town claustrophobia of Twin Peaks, NAILBITER VOLUME 1: THERE WILL BE BLOOD is specially priced at only $9.99.

Praise for NAILBITER:

“If Josh died I wish he’d leave Nailbiter to me in his will so I could say it was my idea.” -- Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire)

“NAILBITER has a great concept that is executed extremely well thanks to a dedicated creative team in Williamson, Henderson and Guzowski. With a sense of dread that never lets up, Nailbiter is a sure-fire hit that hits hard with a captivating mystery that continues to keep us coming back for more. The deeper we get into this frightening town, the more I want to know, even if it means we might end up like Carroll -- which is part of the thrill.” -- Matt LeMaire, The MacGuffin

Nailbiter stands on a premise so instantly enticing that you can almost see the movie trailer.” -- Robert Tutton, PASTE Magazine

NIGHTWORLD #3 (of 4)

Story: PAOLO LEANDRI & ADAM McGOVERN

Art / Cover: PAOLO LEANDRI & DOM REGAN

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / E / $3.99

Lost soul Plenilunio glimpses heaven from his private hell, while Hellena’s dragonoid hordes surround the castle of Ludmilla & Lowe. See Hotspot and Plenilunio in all-out metaphysical fisticuffs! See the tragic origin of Hellena! See the runaway hotrod to hell hurtle toward its first arc’s worldshaking conclusion!

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #3 (2ND PTG)

Writer: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: PAUL AZACETA, ELIZABETH BREITWEISER

Cover: PAUL AZACETA

32 PAGES / $2.99

Now pacing the success of THE WALKING DEAD, the third issue of Skybound/Image Comics’ OUTCAST BY ROBERT KIRKMAN & PAUL AZACETA has sold out instantly and is slated for a second printing. OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA celebrates the somber, terror-riddled tones of the classic horror genre and is winning over comic readers in droves. Robert Kirkman and Fox International Channels announced during San Diego Comic-Con that Cinemax has green-lit the pilot for Outcast and that further updates on production will be released soon.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA explores demonic possession and exorcism while telling the story of Kyle Barnes, a man with a burdensome gift. In issue #3, details of Kyle's life, in the time before he returned to Rome, West Virginia, are revealed ... as the danger from all around him intensifies.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #3 will go into a second printing in order to meet customer demand. For fans of digital editions, this third issue remains available for purchase across all platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

PETER PANZERFAUST #21

Story: KURTIS J. WIEBE

Art: TYLER JENKINS

Cover A: ROC UPCHURCH

Cover B: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

AUGUST 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

"ON TILL MORNING," Part One

From the memories of Claude, the only living twin, the story continues. Together at last, Peter, the Darlings, and the remaining Lost Boys embed themselves in the dangerous heart of Paris. With the Hook hot on their heels, it is only a matter of time before they are discovered. But Peter has a plan.

A new story arc begins here!

COVER SWITCHEROO! Rat Queens' ROC UPCHURCH draws this issue's cover, while PETER PANZERFAUST's TYLER JENKINS draws this month's RAT QUEENS cover! Plus a special incentive B cover diptych for BOTH books by MICHAEL AVON OEMING!

RAT QUEENS artist Roc Upchurch will draw Cover A for PETER PANZERFAUST. "Being a Peter Panzerfaust fan, I jumped at the chance to do a Wendy cover,” said Upchurch. “This is, by far, the best incarnation of Wendy Darling to date. I hope I did her justice (though, I probably did not)."

PETER PANZERFAUST artist Tyler Jenkins will draw cover A for RAT QUEENS. "As far away from anything I get to draw on a regular basis and easily the most fun I have had doing almost any cover,” said Jenkins. “These characters seriously Roc(k).”

PROTECTORS INC. #9

Story: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art / Cover: GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH

SEPTEMBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.9

After having mysteriously disappeared over a decade earlier, The Patriot has returned from his long absence. But what has prompted this sudden reappearance? Does he know something of value about the murders that have lately gripped Chicago in a fist of terror...or is he trying to hide something? Who do you trust in an organization where everyone wears a mask and very few tell the truth? Detective John Riley must decide whether or not to trust someone he once idolized, but who may now be a serial killer.

RAT QUEENS #8

Story: KURTIS J. WIEBE

Art: ROC UPCHURCH

Cover A: TYLER JENKINS

Cover B: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

AUGUST 6 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

“THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF N’RYGOTH,” Part Three

If your enemy is just too damn strong, well ... when you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. And then from the safety of their trust, that’s when you kill ‘em with a good rusty blade to the spine. Rat Queens style.

COVER SWITCHEROO! PETER PANZERFAUST's TYLER JENKINS draws this issue's cover, while RAT QUEENS' ROC UPCHURCH draws this month's PETER PANZERFAUST cover! Plus a special incentive B cover diptych for BOTH books by MICHAEL AVON OEMING!

RAT QUEENS artist Roc Upchurch will draw Cover A for PETER PANZERFAUST. "Being a Peter Panzerfaust fan, I jumped at the chance to do a Wendy cover,” said Upchurch. “This is, by far, the best incarnation of Wendy Darling to date. I hope I did her justice (though, I probably did not)."

PETER PANZERFAUST artist Tyler Jenkins will draw cover A for RAT QUEENS. "As far away from anything I get to draw on a regular basis and easily the most fun I have had doing almost any cover,” said Jenkins. “These characters seriously Roc(k).”

SKULLKICKERS, VOL. 5: A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN (TPB)

Story: JIM ZUB

Art / Cover: EDWIN & HUANG & MISTY COATS

OCTOBER 1 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $16.99

In this volume: The dwarf has been forcibly returned to his homeland and the deranged diminutive denizens of Dwayre will make sure it’s a homecoming like no other. Get ready for compressed calamity, small skirmishes, truncated troubles, and pint-sized pugilism along with the history of dwarves (y'know, the "short" version).

Collects SKULLKICKERS #24-29

SOUTHERN BASTARDS, VOL 1: HERE WAS A MAN (TPB)

Story: JASON AARON

Art / Cover: JASON LATOUR

SEPTEMBER 24 / 112 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99

Collects SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1-4

Earl Tubbs left Craw County, Alabama, years ago, and with it bad memories and a whole world he didn’t want to come back to. His father was a former sheriff and is still a legendary figure in Craw. In SOUTHERN BASTARDS, a new Image Comics graphic novel by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, Earl returns to reckon with his past and -- even though he never wanted it -- perhaps shape Craw County’s future.

After a run-in with the violent Coach Boss, who runs the county and has the sheriff’s department in his grip, Earl faces a choice: Will he try to be the reluctant savior of Craw County, following in his father’s footsteps, or will he leave again and never look back? If he’s going to take on the rot at the heart of this small town, Earl is going to need to carry a big stick.

Creators Latour and Aaron have infused SOUTHERN BASTARDS with a sometimes uncomfortable authenticity that can only come from creators with deep ties to the South.

Latour, who has ties to rural North Carolina, spoke about his approach to the stylized characters and evocative colors SOUTHERN BASTARDS’ art in an L.A. Times Hero Complex interview. “Even though this is a very real-world story, it’s the type of thing I think would be hindered by strict realism, largely because for me the book is as much about how the story and ‘The South’ feel as anything,” said Latour. “So generally I concentrate my focus on tone and emotion, being more graphic and representative of the feelings or thoughts I want the colors to imply.”

Aaron, who is originally from Alabama, described how his background influences his writing in an  interview with USA Today. “I'm able to write about the things I love and the things I hate about the South,” he said. “On the one hand, we want it to be a very smart look at the South but also a book about big dumb rednecks. We're trying to do both of those at the same time so it's dark and it's funny and it's real and even a little bit of the supernatural involved at times.”

Praise for SOUTHERN BASTARDS:

“Latour is doing the work of his career here. His art is solemn and meditative -- that is, until the blood gets rolling. Then it’s perfectly composed kinetic brutality. Aaron is at his best when he’s writing about men returning to the places that made them. This series is perhaps his greatest meditation on that premise.” -- Tres Dean, IGN

“It seems that those of y’all who didn’t grow up in the American South might not understand why Southern Bastards is so revolutionary. Sure, anyone can tell it that it is a great story with compelling characters, or that LaTour’s art is brilliant; but this book does something all-together new. The Jasons Aaron and Latour have dispensed with all the mind-your-manners, pomp-and-circumstance, nice-nasty bullshit that we Southerners have always hidden our astronomical numbers of skeletons in the closet beneath.” -- Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics

Southern Bastards isn't a history lesson. There's no hot air hemming and hawing about its lofty sense of self. It's a book about action -- actions taken and not -- and the power of letting that action speak for itself. Inner turmoil, it turns out, is something that a place can experience just as well as a man.” -- Brendan McGuirk, Newsarama

Southern Bastards is a modern tale with the visceral elegance of sandpaper and an open-hearted honesty that makes it impossible not to absolutely love. The humor and the grim reality of this issue is enthralling to try and comprehend and disappointing to fully accept.” -- Roderick Ruth, Comicosity

As a native Southerner, it's going to take me a while to work up to this.

TECH JACKET #4

Story: JOE KEATINGE

Art / Cover: KHARY RANDOLPH & EMILIO LOPEZ

OCTOBER 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Just what is the Colossal doing to Zack Thompson? The evolution of the Tech Jacket starts here!

WALKING DEAD ALL OUT WAR (AP EDITION HC)

Writer: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art/Cover: CHARLIE ADLARD

Mature / $34.99

Collects THE WALKING DEAD #115-126.

In October, fans of Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD will see the New York Times best-selling comic as never before with the publication of THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION. In this 248-page hardcover from Image Comics/Skybound, artist Charlie Adlard’s raw pencils for the twelve-issue arc are reproduced, uninked and unaltered from how they appear on his artboard.

The ALL OUT WAR story arc marks a major turning point in THE WALKING DEAD, as Rick Grimes unites several communities to fight the villainous Negan and his “Saviors,” while around them the dead continue to roam. The future of the Survivors, Hilltop, and Kingdom communities depends precariously on Negan’s right-hand man, who has turned against him — and not everyone is going to see it through the war alive.

"I've always enjoyed books that show the ‘process,’ and All Out War certainly does that,” said Adlard. “Presenting the pencils as they are is an interesting thing, because they were done to show an inker what to do. So, at times, they are rough, fudged, incorrect ... etc., but hopefully still provide an insight as to what goes into making a comic book.”

Adlard has penciled and inked more than one hundred issues of THE WALKING DEAD. Inker Stefano Gaudiano was brought onto the art team (which includes toner Cliff Rathburn and letterer Rus Wooten) at the start of the ALL OUT WAR story arc. 

“And just sometimes it's nice not to have a finished thing,” continued Adlard. “To be able to see the little bits of ‘magic’ occurring in the happy accidents of random pencil marks, which were never intended for anyone other than Stefano to see, where I wasn't caring that it would be seen by a wider audience, makes it all a little bit bolder.”

ALL OUT WAR has never before been collected in a single volume, and this edition presents the monumental story in a whole new way. THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION will be in comic book stores on October 1 and in bookstores on October 8.

Once again we're being sold something we've already read, with less of what we bought the first time (in this case inking and coloring). Is there someone out there who really digs stuff like this? If so, explain to me what I'm missing.

WAYWARD #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: JIM ZUB

Art: STEVEN CUMMINGS

32 PAGES / $3.50

The first issue of Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack) and Steve Cummings' (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) all-new ongoing supernatural adventure series WAYWARD has hit home with readers in search of myth, monster-fighting, and magic. The first issue has sold out completely and is being rushed to a second printing to meet demand. Critics and comics readers have been raving about the first issue's detailed artwork and intriguing plot with Comic Book Resources praising WAYWARD as "Bright, vibrant, and alive. Rori Lane’s world will enchant readers with its relatable protagonist, intense action and fascinating mythological allusions.”'

WAYWARD #1 introduces Rori Lane, an outsider by nature, who is transplanted to Tokyo to live with her single Mom. She's feeling out of sorts, worried about fitting in and, as if that wasn’t enough, strange things are beginning to happen. Glowing symbols and patterns are starting to appear before her eyes … and she's the only one who seems to notice.

"I'm overjoyed readers are discovering Wayward and telling their friends about it. We've got exciting plans for the series and having this kind of tremendous launch gives us the momentum we need to take our story even further," said Zub.

WITCHBLADE #178

Writer: RON MARZ

Art: LAURA BRAGA

Cover: JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

32 PAGES / $3.99

Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini has discovered the shocking identity of the new Angelus host, and now faces a decision with universe-shattering consequences. Does she dare confront the Angelus, and risk destroying not only the universal balance, but even the very fabric reality?

As I write this (9/18/14), virtual all comics websites and Previews World itself are showing the solicitation and cover for Witchblade #179  wherever Witchblade #178 is listed. (I got this solicit and cover after some serious digging on the Image site.) What's especially weird is that the number "179" is large and obvious on the cover of Witchblade #179, yet all these sites insist on posting it as Witchblade #178 anyway.

I have no explanation. Just thought it was worth mention.

MARVEL COMICS

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER VOL. 1: ENGINES OF VENGEANCE TPB

Written by FELIPE SMITH

Penciled by TRADD MOORE

Cover by TRADD MOORE

112 PGS./Rated T+ / $15.99

With four on the floor, Marvel’s newest Ghost Rider puts vengeance in overdrive! Amid an East Los Angeles neighborhood running wild with gang violence and drug trafficking, Robbie Reyes has been given an awesome new power! But can the teen handle it, or will it drive him to a path of destruction? As a war brews in the criminal underworld, the streets of East L.A. flare up with drug-fueled gang violence from Dr. Zabo’s power-enhancing narcotics — and Mr. Hyde launches a diabolical plan to expand his underground empire. Robbie meets the mysterious entity behind his possession, but will he submit to the sprit inside him and go too far in protecting his neighborhood? The all-new Ghost Rider takes on Mr. Hyde with all-out action and a twist that will hit you at 100mph! Collecting ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #1-5.

ALL-NEW X-MEN VOL. 1 (HC)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by STUART IMMONEN & DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by STUART IMMONEN

272 PGS / Rated T+ / $34.99

Trim size: oversized

Professor X’s original five students -- Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and Beast -- are plucked from the past and brought to the present! But what they find -- the state of their future selves, and the state of Xavier’s dream -- is far from the future of which they dreamed. How will these young, idealistic heroes react when faced with the crushing knowledge of what their future holds? And how will the embittered present-day X-Men deal with their past crashing forward? Plus: Mystique and Sabretooth target the young time-travelers! How will the Uncanny Avengers -- led by Cyclops’ brother, Havok -- react to the time-swept X-Men? And when the adult Cyclops and his outlaw Uncanny X-Men drop by the Jean Grey School for a recruiting session, which young X-Man will join the revolutionary crew? The answer will shock you! Collecting ALL-NEW X-MEN #1-10.

BLACK WIDOW #11

Writer: NATHAN EDMONDSON

Art/Cover: PHIL NOTO

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

DEADPOOL 75th VARIANT COVER BY TBA

In the wake of Wolverine’s death, with Issac’s life on the line, Black Widow takes X-23 punching.

BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #1 

Written by ALES KOT

Art & Cover by MARCO RUDY

Variant Covers by STEVE EPTING

Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

Design Variant Cover by MARCO RUDY

Deadpool 75th Variant Cover by DAN PANOSIAN

Blank Variant Also Available

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

This October, go intergalactic as the super-soldier spy takes on a new mission in BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #1, the all-new ongoing series exploding into comic shops this October from rising comic stars Ales Kot and Marco Rudy! Following the shocking finale of Original Sin, what new mission has the Winter Soldier more driven than ever before?

Be there when the master assassin takes on his new role as the “man on the wall,”  protecting the Earth from extraterrestrial and extra-dimensional threats by any means necessary. Inherited from his predecessor Nick Fury, Bucky will go to any lengths to accomplish his new mission. From the depths of Limbo to the far reaches of space to the hallowed halls of Asgard -- no challenge is too great for the Winter Soldier.  But he is not alone in his quest – former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake is along for the ride, and she brings her own set of skills and expertise to Bucky’s new shadow war.

He’s toppled dictators and foiled terrorist plots, but how can one man measure up to aliens, demons, monsters and gods? Clearly they’ve never met the Winter Soldier! A new mission begins this October, and the Winter Soldier brings his years of battle-hardened experience to the Marvel Universe’s grandest stage!

“Ales teaches a master class on 21st-century spy stories in [his creator-owned series] Zero month after month, and he’s come up with a whole new spin on the genre for this new Winter Soldier series,” says Editor Wil Moss in an interview with The AV Club. “And Marco [Rudy] reinvents sequential art every time he draws a page, as anyone who read the recent New Avengers Annual knows, so he was a natural pick for a book like this where there are now limits, and where every corner of the Marvel U is going to be explored.”

A new mission begins, and the Winter Soldier brings his years of battle-hardened experiences to a larger stage than ever before! Be there this October for the pulse-pounding action and espionage when Kot & Rudy explore the man beneath the mask in BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #1!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #25

Hey, look! TWO homage covers! Guess which matches with which! :)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Art by CARLOS PACHECO & STUART IMMONEN

Cover by STUART IMMONEN

Variant Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

Variant Cover by ADAM HUGHES

Deadpool 75th Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Stomp Out Bullying Cover by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY

Hasbro Variant also available

40 PGS / Rated T / $4.99

Extra-Sized Issue!

This October, bear witness to the next exciting phase of the Marvel Universe, as the torch is passed and a new hero will rise. Today, Marvel is proud to officially unveil the cover to CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 – the extra sized issue from chart-topping writer Rick Remender and the epic finale to The Tomorrow Soldier arc. Remender and artist Carlos Pacheco will have fans on the edge of their seat and have the whole comic industry asking -- "Who is the All-New Captain America"?

Steve Rogers is a frail, broken man. Drained of the Super Soldier serum by a fearsome new enemy, he can no longer wield the shield as Captain America. The mind willing, but the body unable -- the Sentinel of Liberty must choose his successor. But who will carry the mantle?

“The choice he has before him as to who he’s going to select as his replacement seems very simple at this point – it’s a short list – but we’re revealing a number of characters in #23 who’ve been gone for a while, that decision gets a little trickier,” says Remender in an interview with Marvel.com.

Elaborating on the new Captain America, Remender said “It offers up a lot of new drama as well as getting to tell Captain America stories with an entirely different character, a character I have a real affinity for and like to write. I think fans will dig what we’ve got coming up.”

Arnim Zola and his army of mutates have invaded Manhattan, aided by the devious Red Skull. As two of Captain America’s greatest foes stand united, Steve Rogers must rely on his allies if he is to stand a chance! As he and his son Ian, Sharon Carter, Jet Black and Sam Wilson make their last desperate stand against Zola and his armies, witness the birth of a new Captain America! Before the highly anticipated All-New Captain America #1 hits in November, be there when Sam Wilson wields the shield for the first time as a new era of the Sentinel of Liberty begins!

                                                THE DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE -- THE PRISONER #3 (of 5)

Writers: PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH

Art: PIOTR KOWALSKI

Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

32 PGS / Parental Guidance / $3.99

STEPHEN KING’S DARK FANTASY EPIC RETURNS -- TO THE MEAN STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY!

• Eddie Dean, the troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds, has survived to his 10th birthday. But will he live to see another?

• What horrors lurk within the Dutch Hill Mansion?

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

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

Canada Variant by STEVE MCNIVEN

Variant by ORLANDO SANTIAGO

40 PGS / Rated T+ / $4.99

It’s the story that has the whole world talking, and today Marvel is proud to reveal your first look inside DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3 – the penultimate chapter in the blockbuster four-issue event kicking off this week! Experience the end of an era as superstar creators Charles Soule & Steve McNiven take Kitty Pryde and Wolverine back to Japan for one last adventure.

Bruised and beaten from his last battle, the once indestructible killing machine returns to his wandering samurai roots as he ventures back to the Japan with Kitty Pryde in tow. Only not all is as it seems in the Land of the Rising Sun. With no greater opportunity than the present an old foe emerges, ready to end the Wolverine. Ogun has returned, prepared for his revenge. Yet in the shadows moves an even deadlier threat pulling the strings. Who is behind the bounty on Wolverine’s head?

Each issue of Death of Wolverine is oversized and features stunning Weapon Etched Holo Foil cover treatment. Exclusively crafted for this series, each foil-wrapped issue of Death of Wolverine is poised to leap off comic shop shelves!

Time is running out for the Wolverine. The epic end of the world’s most famous X-Man is upon us, and no fan can afford to miss out on the spectacular DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3 when it hits comic shops and digital devices!

DEATHLOK THE DEMOLISHER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (TPB)

Written by RICH BUCKLER, DOUG MOENCH, BILL MANTLO & J.M. DEMATTEIS with DAVID ANTHONY KRAFT, MARV WOLFMAN, RALPH MACCHIO & MARK GRUENWALD

Penciled by RICH BUCKLER with MIKE ZECK, SAL BUSCEMA, RON WILSON & JOHN BYRNE

Cover by RICH BUCKLER

368 PGS / Rated T / $39.99

Col. Luther Manning has been locked in a state of living death. He is no longer a man, but a mockery of a man. He has become an amalgam of reanimated flesh and computer circuitry, stripped of his family, his humanity -- but not his will. He has become Deathlok the Demolisher -- a weapon of war programmed solely for destruction. A challenging blend of science fiction and psychological war journal, Deathlok set the pace for anti-heroes in the turbulent post-Watergate ’70s. Illustrated by Rich Buckler, and co-written with Doug Moench and Bill Mantlo, Deathlok pushed the moral relevance of Marvel Comics into a bold, often frightening new future. Collecting ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #25-28 and #30-36, MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #46, MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #33, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #27 and #54, and CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #286-288.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #4 (of 5)

Writer: CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN

Art: ELIA BONNETTI

Cover by GARRY BROWN

Variant Cover by GREG LAND

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

Experience the horrors of the Spider-Verse as every Spider-Man ever prepares for multiversal war! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #4 – the next terrifying chapter in the blockbuster 5-issue miniseries showcasing different spider characters from alternate universes! From critically acclaimed novelist Clay McLeod Chapman (The Tribe) and artist Elia Bonnetti comes the most terrifying tale of Spider-Man yet.

It’s a familiar story. A radioactive spider bites a high school science nerd. Tormented by his classmates at school, disregarded by his family at home -- Patton Parnell is already somewhat of a monster. Only now with all the power and none of the responsibility, venture deep into a universe where the story you know becomes as horrific as possible.  

“My editor Ellie Pyle and I started chatting about the idea of re-envisioning the origin story of Peter Parker/Spider-Man,” says Chapman of his horror-themed Spider-Man in an interview with Marvel.com. “What if we approached one of the most beloved beginnings of a super hero and looked at it through a completely different lens?”

As the Spider-Verse inches closer, prepare for a terrifying spin on the tale you’ve always known. Get caught in the web this October in the chilling EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #4!

Plus, don’t miss out on these exciting Edge of Spider-Verse tie-in issues of your favorite ongoing series:

• Superior Spider-Man #32-33

• Amazing Spider-Man #7-8

• Spider-Man 2099 #5

The cover on the left looks like it ought to be an homage, but I don't know of anything specific it references. Anyone else know?

FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art: TOM GRUMMETT

Cover by GREG LAND

40 PGS / Rated T / $4.99

ATTACK ON CASTLE DOOM!

• SUE RICHARDS goes to Latveria to confront DR. DOOM for the safety and welfare of her daughter VALERIA.

• See the majesty of Dr. Doom’s sovereign country blown apart as he and the Invisible Woman turn Latveria into a battlefield in one of the most savage battles in FF history!

• And when it’s over and the smoke has cleared whose side will Valeria be on?

I don't really understand the deal here. So Doom helped deliver Valeria, and claimed naming rights. (And he named her after the girlfriend that he killed and made clothes of her skin! Eww!)

Well, fine. But that's in the past. Why does Victor still have any hold over Valeria, and why should she give two hoots about him? Some doctor delivered me, but I don't think of him as an uncle or anything.

So what's the deal? I confess I haven't read every issue of FF in the last few years, so did I miss something important?

FIGMENT #5 (OF 5)

Writer: JIM ZUB

Art: FILIPE ANDRADE

Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

32 PGS / All Ages / $3.99

REVEALING THE ORIGINS OF TWO OF DISNEY’S MOST IMAGINATIVE CHARACTERS!

• This is it: The action-packed conclusion of the all-new steampunk fantasy story exploring the never-before-revealed first adventure of the inventor known as Dreamfinder and his famous dragon Figment!

• The streets of London are ablaze and overrun by the Singular and his Clockwork Control Army! The only thing standing between them and total domination: Dreamfinder, Figment, and their newfound friends!

• Acclaimed creators Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (CAPTAIN MARVEL) give a Marvel spin to the mind-expanding attraction Journey Into Imagination!

Elements based on Figment © Disney

GUARDIANS 3000 #1

Written by DAN ABNETT

Art by GERARDO SANDOVAL

Cover by ALEX ROSS

Sketch Variant by ALEX ROSS

Variant Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

Deadpool 75th Variant by JORGE MOLINA

Blank Variant Cover also available

32 pgs / Rated T+ / $3.99

• Dive right into the action as the original Guardians of the Galaxy -- Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk and Charlie-27 -- try to save the future universe from the menace of the Badoon.

• But what happens when the Guardians discover something behind the Badoon … something even worse than they could have ever imagined?

• The very future itself is in danger, and the only possibility of salvation relies on the shoulders of this ragtag, bombastic group of underdogs. Thrown together by fate and fighting against intolerable oppression, how can they even hope to survive the first issue?!

Because YOU demanded it! This October, blast off into the far unknown and the future of the Marvel Universe for GUARDIANS 3000 -- an explosive new series starring the original Guardians of the Galaxy! From the mind of critically acclaimed writer and iconic Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Dan Abnett and fan-favorite artist Gerardo Sandoval comes a high-octane new series starring the team that started it all!

Perfect for new and old readers alike, GUARDIANS 3000 is set to reintroduce the original team to the Marvel Universe in a big way! With a new mission, Vance Astro, Yondu, Starhawk, Martinex and Charlie-27 are back and better than ever. Follow this cast of bombastic freedom fighters as they battle to gain control of the galaxy back from the hostile alien armies of the Badoon!

“Guardians 3000 is truly a case of you asked for it, we delivered!,” says Marvel Executive Editor Mike Marts. “Readers have been begging for the return of the original Guardians team for a long time … and we’re happy to debut this series right in the midst of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie excitement!”

But the Brotherhood of the Badoon are just the tip of the iceberg. The Marvel Universe of the 31st Century is a hostile and unforgiving place -- with both new & classic foes from throughout Marvel history. A new threat has emerged disrupting the timestream in the past and the present, and it’s up to the original Guardians of the Galaxy to prevent the collapse of all reality! But to save the future, one must look to the past – and the discovery of a mysterious young girl named Geena Drake could hold the key to saving all reality … or destroying it!

What does the future hold? When the dust clears, will there still be a future worth fighting for? Find out as Dan Abnett and the original Guardians of the Galaxy make their triumphant return to the Marvel fold this October when the senses shattering first issue of GUARDIANS 3000 hits comic shops and digital devices! 

IRON MAN VOL. 5: RINGS OF THE MANDARIN (PREMIERE HC)

Written by KIERON GILLEN

Penciled by LUKE ROSS & JOE BENNETT

Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO

136 PGS / Rated T+ / $16.99

Trim size: standard

An all-new epic begins! Malekith the Accursed, lord of the Dark Elves, has a problem with Iron Man. Then again, Malekith the Accursed has a problem with pretty much everyone on Earth. And when Malekith the Accursed strikes, blood will flow and darkness will fall…unless Iron Man can gain the upper hand! It’s cutting-edge mortal science versus the most arcane Asgardian science imaginable…all in a bath of blood. Plus: which classic Marvel UK character returns in a reinvented form after the events of Revolutionary War? And how do the Mandarin’s rings factor into this crisis? Iron Man vows to get to the bottom of things … assuming he lives! Collecting IRON MAN #23-28.

LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #4

Writer: SAM HUMPHRIES

Art: FREDDIE WILLIAMS

Cover by PACO MEDINA

Hasbro Variant Cover by TBA

Stomp Out Bullying Variant Cover by TBA

32 PGS / Rated T / $3.99

• The battle to end all battles -- Star-Lord vs. Thanos!

• As Peter Quill attempts to return to Earth, he encounters the all-powerful Titan responsible for so much mayhem in his life.

• How can Star-Lord possibly get out of this alive?!

• Plus, a guest appearance by Kitty Pryde!

MAGNETO VOL. 1: INFAMOUS (TPB)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Penciled by GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA & JAVI FERNANDEZ

Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

136 PGS / Parental Advisory / $17.99

Once the deadliest, most feared mutant mastermind on the planet, Magneto is no longer the man he was. After allying with Cyclops and the X-Men, he became a pawn in another man’s war. But now, determined to fight for mutantkind’s survival on his own terms, Magneto sets out to regain what he’s lost … and remind the world why it should tremble at the sound of his name. Magneto will safeguard the future of the mutant race by hunting down each and every threat that would see his kind extinguished -- and bloody his hands that they may never be a threat again. But as horrors from his past loom large and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pursue him, will Magneto soon become the villain he once was? And how will a mysterious woman from his past affect his mission? Collecting MAGNETO (2014) #1-6.MEN OF WRATH #1 (of 5)

Writer: JASON AARON

Art/Cover: RON GARNEY

Variant Cover by STEVE DILLON

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

New York Times bestselling writer Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Scalped) and fan-favorite artist Ron Garney (Thor: God of Thunder, Weapon X) team up once again for a gritty new limited series kicking off in MEN OF WRATH #1! 

Ever since Great Grandfather Isom killed a man over some sheep, a black cloud has hung over the Rath family. Now, over a century later, Ira Rath is the coldest hitman ever to walk on Alabama soil. And he’s just taken a job that will decide the fate of his cursed family once and for all. As the blood-soaked history of the Rath family unfolds, witness the cycle of violence that shaped Ira into the ruthless killer he is today.

Men of Wrath is about family history,” said Jason Aaron in an interview with CBR. “Each issue opens with flashbacks to different generations of the Rath family. We kind of start to see how the cycle of violence begins and gets perpetuated and passed down from generation to generation of this family and kind of culminates in Ira as the worst of the bunch.”

“Everybody has their history. Some history is more colorful than others,” says Ron Garney. “Some are more dysfunctional than others. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I can guarantee this story is bound to hit on many different cylinders for many people because of the family dynamic.”

Launched in 2004, Marvel’s ICON imprint is designed specifically for top-tier creators to tell their bold, creator-owned stories featuring their own characters and creations. Producing such critically acclaimed titles like Kick-Ass, Powers and The United States of Murder Inc., Marvel’s ICON imprint has solidified itself as the place to be for exciting stories from A-List creators.

What actions and events led Ira Rath down his murderous path? Dive into the story of a Southern family and their violent history as Aaron & Garney explore the dark past of the Rath family this October in MEN OF WRATH #1!

 

MIRACLEMAN #11

Writer: THE ORIGINAL WRITER

Art/Cover: JOHN TOTLEBEN

Variant Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

Variant Cover by AMANDA CONNER

48 PGS / Parental Advisory / $4.99

• Book Three of the New York Times Bestseller begins!

• From on high above London, Miracleman reveals the legends and tragedies that gave rise to -- Olympus!

• Gods and monsters walk the Earth as the aliens whose technology gave birth to Miracleman seek to exterminate the survivors of Project Zarathustra.

• Including material originally presented in MIRACLEMAN (1985) #11, plus bonus content.

MOON KNIGHT #8

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Artist: GREG SMALLWOOD

Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY

Variant Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

• It’s a hostage situation in a high-rise and Moon Knight must come to the rescue.

• But in this cell phone camera society, he’s doing it on the world stage!

MOON KNIGHT EPIC COLLECTION: BAD MOON RISING (TPB)

Volume #1 in the Moon Knight Epic Collections

Written by DOUG MOENCH, DAVID ANTHONY KRAFT, BILL MANTLO & STEVEN GRANT

Penciled by DON PERLIN, KEITH GIFFEN, MIKE ZECK, JIM MOONEY, JIM CRAIG, GENE COLAN, KEITH POLLARD & BILL SIENKIEWICZ

Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

504 PGS / Rated T+ / $39.99

Discover the many faces of the Moon Knight! Mercenary. Werewolf hunter. Super hero. Millionaire playboy. Cab driver. Ghost? Moon Knight is many things to many people, with the multiple personalities to match! Follow the Fist of Khonshu as he battles to find his place in the Marvel Universe in this collection of his earliest appearances. From his startling debut as a nemesis of Werewolf by Night to an unlikely stint with the Defenders, from encounters with Spider-Man and the Thing to the solo adventures that shaped a legend, relive the rise of the moon’s specter of vengeance! Collecting WEREWOLF BY NIGHT (1972) #32-33; MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #28-29; DEFENDERS (1972) #47-50; PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #22-23; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #52; MOON KNIGHT (1980) #1-4 -- plus material from HULK MAGAZINE #11-15, #17-18 and #20; and MARVEL PREVIEW #21.

MOON KNIGHT VOL. 1: FROM THE DEAD (TPB)

Written by WARREN ELLIS

Penciled by DECLAN SHALVEY

Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY

136 PGS / Rated T+ / $17.99

Marc Spector is Moon Knight! Or is he? It’s hard to tell these days, especially when New York’s wildest vigilante protects the street with two-fisted justice and three -- that’s right, count ’em -- three different personalities! But even with the mystical force of Egyptian moon-god Khonshu fueling his crusade, how does the night’s greatest detective save a city that’s as twisted as he is? The road to victory is going to hurt. A lot. Be there as Moon Knight punches ghosts(!), investigates a sleep experiment that’s driving its patients insane, travels to the mushroom graveyard planet(!!), faces the Black Spectre and takes on twenty mob enforcers to save an abductee … alone. Marvel’s most mind-bending adventure begins as Moon Knight sleuths his way to the rotten core of New York’s most bizarre mysteries! Collecting MOON KNIGHT (2014) #1-6.

NEW MUTANTS/X-FORCE: DEMON BEAR (TPB)

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, JOHN FRANCIS MOORE, CRAIG KYLE & CHRIS YOST

Penciled by BILL SIENKIEWICZ, JIM CHEUNG & MIKE CHOI

Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

144 PGS / Parental Advisory / $24.99

The visionary talents of legendary illustrator Bill Sienkiewicz bring the Demon Bear that has haunted Danielle Moonstar’s dreams to horrifying life! It took her parents, and now it has returned for Dani -- and only the combined efforts of her fellow New Mutants can stop it from finishing the job! Sink your teeth into a true classic! Then, Dani’s nightmare returns years later as San Francisco -- and her new team, X-Force -- come under attack from a similarly unholy ursine! And when the Apache mutant Warpath faces his own Demon Bear, he must forge an unlikely alliance with Ghost Rider -- and embrace his birthright -- to discover the truth. It’s a trilogy of terror, featuring a threat far scarier than the average bear! Collecting NEW MUTANTS (1983) #18-20, X-FORCE (1991) #99 and material from X-FORCE (2008) #7-10.

SILVER SURFER #6

Writer: DAN SLOTT

Art/Cover: MICHAEL ALLRED

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

“Perfection”

• Everything up till this point was chance and fate -- but now it’s decided. Dawn’s earned her spot on the board and she the Surfer are going to explore the universe together. And what better place to start than Planet Prime, the most perfect planet in the entire Universe?

• Perfect food, perfect music, and ... oh, right ... the PERFECT SOLDIER -- out to stop any possible alien threat that might set foot on his world.

• What chance does the Surfer have against WARRIOR ONE, the deadliest combatant in all of creation?!SPIDER-MAN 2099 #4

Writer: PETER DAVID

Art: WILL SLINEY

Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

Deadpool 75th Variant Cover by TBA

rancesco Mattina

32 PGS / Rated T / $3.99

• Scorpion v.s. Spider-Man 2099 v.s. Spider Slayers seasoned with a bit of social unrest!

• Miguel O’Hara continues the fight for his grandfather’s soul in a literal war zone.

 

SPIDER-MAN: KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT (PROSE NOVEL HC)

Written by NEIL KLEID

Cover by MIKE ZECK

304 PGS / No Rating / $24.99

Trim size: standard

Born to a rarified breed of Russian aristocracy, Kraven the Hunter had stalked and killed every animal known to man, and considered himself the world’s best big-game hunter. It was this confidence that brought him to New York years ago, in an obsessive quest to hunt what he considered the city’s greatest prey: Spider-Man. But his target eluded him time and again, mocking him at every turn. Now, after years of crushing defeats against the web-slinger, Kraven has hatched one last plan to best Spider-Man. In a stunning instant of shocking violence, Kraven stands finally triumphant over Peter Parker’s seemingly dead body. And to prove that he is the hero’s master, Kraven will don Spider-Man’s costume -- and become him! Experience the classic, genre-defining Spider-Man shocker like never before in this new adaptation!

THOR #1

Written by JASON AARON

Art & Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

75th Anniversary Variant by ALEX ROSS

75th Anniversary Sketch Variant by ALEX ROSS

Variant Covers by SKOTTIE YOUNG, SARA PICHELLI, ANDREW ROBINSON, FIONA STAPLES, ESAD RIBIC

32 PGS / Rated T / $3.99

Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).

The great hammer Mjölnir lies on the surface of the moon, unable to be lifted by anyone in all the heavens -- even the Mighty Thor! Something dark has befallen the Thunder God, leaving him unworthy and unable to lift his magic hammer. With an army of Frost Giants invading Earth, the Odinson may not have the strength to stop them -- and the hammer will be lifted by an all-new Thor! A mysterious woman unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before!

Who is this mysterious new God of Thunder? Not even Odin knows! No fan can afford to miss the comic that has everyone talking. Prepare for a senses-shattering new beginning as the all-new Thor thunders her way through the Marvel Universe in THOR #1!

Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel’s “big three” -- Captain America, Iron Man and Thor -- Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand-new female hero will emerge will who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?

“The inscription on Thor's hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it's time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute -- she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for superhero comic books in America: women and girls.

For more on all things Marvel, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marvel and be sure to stop back continuously to see what everyone is saying about Marvel’s latest news.

I want to like this, but I remember Thunderstrike. And Beta Ray Bill. And Red Norvell. And Thor Girl. And all other faux Thors that have paraded through these pages through the years. Any bets about how long it will take the male one to return?

UNCANNY AVENGERS #25

Writer: RICK REMENDER

Art: DANIEL ACUNA

Cover by PAUL RENAUD

32 PGS / Rated T / $3.99

Deadpool 75th Variant by TBA

AXIS tie-in!

• The dark path to AXIS starts here. An event two years in the making!

• The Red Skull and his S-Men have already begun the great vanishing, The Uncanny Avengers are too late.

• Havok witnesses the Skull’s greatest atrocity yet.

• Magneto vs. Red Skull blood match that will result in a terribly altered Marvel Universe.

X-MEN #20

Writer: MARC GUGGENHEIM

Art: HARVEY TOLIBAO & DEXTER SOY

Cover by TERRY DODSON

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

• In the depths of space, the X-Men have encountered the threat terrorizing S.W.O.R.D.: monstrosities called the “Genespliced” -- creatures engineered from the fiercest alien races across the galaxy.

• But how can the X-Men hope to stop an alien horde?

• And does S.W.O.R.D.’s own leader, Abigail Brand, know more about the Genespliced than she’s letting on?

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