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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VALIANT COMICS

ARMOR HUNTERS: AFTERMATH #1

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art by CAFU

Cover by DIEGO BERNARD

Variant Cover by BRENT PEEPLES

Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ONE-SHOT

The fallout of the summer’s blistering crossover event starts now – and no hero can escape what happens next!

The ARMOR HUNTERS invasion has passed, leaving massive casualties and a fractured populace in its wake.  Don’t miss the epilogue to Robert Venditti’s galaxy spanning epic, ARMOR HUNTERS, in the book that will set a new status quo for all of your favorite heroes! Find out here as X-O MANOWAR, UNITY, BLOODSHOT, THE HARBINGER RENEGADES and many more forge a new frontline of defense for the people of Earth!

This October, the must-read crossover event of the year reaches its milestone conclusion in ARMOR HUNTERS: AFTERMATH #1 – an essential one-shot epilogue to the Armor Hunters' invasion of Earth by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Green Lantern) and red-hot artist CAFU (Unity)! In the devastating wake of ARMOR HUNTERS #4 (of 4), our planet – and its heroes – will be forever changed. Start reading here to discover the new status quo for the world's most formidable heroes as X-O Manowar, Unity, Bloodshot, and the Harbinger Renegades forge a new frontline of defense for humanity!

"With rave reviews for each installment thus far and the fastest sell-outs we've ever seen occurring at a rapid clip across multiple issues, Armor Hunters is shaping up to be nothing short of a phenomenon. Robert Venditti, Doug Braithwaite, Matt Kindt and every other participating creator have outdone themselves at each turn, building a truly earth-shaking crossover event perfect for new fans and longtime readers alike," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "But the stakes are only getting bigger, and ARMOR HUNTERS: AFTERMATH #1 is where we'll finally see how the battle waged has not only affected X-O Manowar and Unity, but Bloodshot, Harbinger, and other titles from throughout the Valiant publishing line."

The fallout of the summer’s blistering crossover event starts here and no hero can escape what happens next – only in ARMOR HUNTERS: AFTERMATH #1, on sale in October!

ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 (of 3, 2ND PTG)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART

Art by ROBERT GILL

Cover by LEWIS LAROSA ((JUL148300)

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ON SALE 10/1/14

On October 1st – hitting shelves alongside the storyline's must-read one-shot epilogue in ARMOR HUNTERS: AFTERMATH #1 – pick up the ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 (of 3) SECOND PRINTING by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Harbinger) and red-hot rising star Robert Gill (Eternal Warrior)!

BLOODSHOT #24

Written by B. CLAY MOORE

Art by WILL ROSADO

Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL

Variant Cover by SINA GRACE

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.

Russian super-spies don’t die easy!

Deep in the biting cold of a former Soviet state, a mysterious cell of sleeper agents -- their minds clouded, but their bodies genetically enhanced -- are wreaking havoc and inching the region toward war. Forced into a fight he never wanted, Bloodshot is about to discover the shocking secret of their agenda … and, when faced with the might of their unstoppable power, will meet an enemy eerily similar to himself …

THE DELINQUENTS #1 (2ND PTG)

Written by JAMES ASMUS & FRED VAN LENTE

Art by KANO

Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 10/1/14

Valiant is proud to announce that THE DELINQUENTS #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the first disastrous team-up between Quantum and Woody and Archer & Armstrong – has sold out at the distributor level and will return with a brand-new second printing in stores October 1st!

You demanded it, so we delivered it! Archer & Armstrong finally meet Quantum and Woody! Written by multiple Harvey Award nominee James Asmus (Quantum and Woody) and New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) with art by heat-seeking artist Kano (Gotham Central), start reading here as Valiant's two most ill-suited and irresponsible pairs of “heroes” go head-to-head for a cross-country rat race…with only an ass-map to guide them!

For decades, the underground society of American hobos guarded one secret with their lives – the route to hobo paradise…aka Big Rock Candy Mountain, U.S.A. Only one map leading to its mythical location was ever made…and it was tattooed on the butt cheeks of one lone hobo guardian! In the years since, it has been flayed, dried, and split into two halves. Archer & Armstrong have the left cheek, Quantum and Woody hold the right. And, now, these two halves are about to set the competing duos off on a cross-country rat race where “O” marks the spot!

Quantum and Woody are the world's worst superhero team... Archer & Armstrong are a mismatched pair of conspiracy-busting adventurers... Together…they make a really, really bad team! Stay out of the way because, on October 1st, they're bringing the summer's most out-of-control joyride back to comic book stores everywhere in THE DELINQUENTS #1 SECOND PRINTING!

Praise for THE DELINQUENTS #1:

"✮✮✮✮✮…Asmus, Van Lente, Kano and Sharpe provide a perfect example of how to blend humor and action, adventure and fun." – Comic Book Resources

"✮✮✮✮✮...James Asmus and Fred Van Lente absolutely knock this one out of the park…" – Big Comic Page

"✮✮✮✮½…The art by Kano is gritty and dirty and hilarious…just like our heroes herein." – Bloody Disgusting

"✮✮✮✮½…What Fred Van Lente and James Asmus have cooked up here is so good, I don’t know why any other comics bothered releasing themselves this week." –  Comics Bulletin

"✮✮✮✮…You won't find a comic like this everyday. Don't miss out on it. And again, it has an ass map in it!" – Comic Vine

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OTHER PUBLISHERS


ACG COLLECTED WORKS: ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN VOL 9

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers: CHRIS THOMPSON & Various

Art: KEN BALD & Various

HC $47.99, Slipcase Edition $64.99

Ah, they were truly the best of times. Forget the rest. Richard Hughes’s groundbreaking Adventures Into The Unknown, the world’s first anthology-title boldly stepped where no comicbook had gone before. And now, hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed and hugely popular Harvey Horrors series, those lovely folks at PS Artbooks are making them all available again ... along with ACG’s other much-loved titles--and this time in state-of-the-art hardcover volumes containing five toseven issues apiece. This is going to be one hell of a journey: come make it with us as we travel together through some of the most memorable comicbooks of all time..

About Adventures Into The Unknown Volume Nine

Weird, mysterious and spine-tingling stories featuring issues 44-50 from June to December 1953 of the ACG classic Adventures Into The Unknown. This ninth volume has been meticulously compiled from the original source material and painstakingly digitally restored.

SLIPCASE EDITION

Limited to just 2000 copies and split across two editions, this book is available to order through either acgcomics.com or pspublishing.co.uk.

300 copies in full colour slipcase

Click here to buy the book directly from PS Publishing [£39.99/$62.99]

BOOKSHOP EDITION

1700 bookshop copies available. Unsigned Book only. 288 Pages

Click here to buy the book directly from PS Publishing [£29.99/$47.99]

ADVENTURE TIME #32

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: RYAN NORTH, KAT LEYH

Art: SHELLI PAROLINE & Various

Cover: KOSTAS KIRIAKAKIS

Finn is on an impossible mission to break Magic Man's curse so that he can finally live his life ... and remember it! It's going to take a lot of pal time and a lot of help from the best of friends but this definitely seems like an adventure that Finn and Jake can take-if only Finn could remember.

$3.99

ADVENTURE TIME VOL 4 (MATHEMATICAL ED HC)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: RYAN NORTH

Art: SHELLI PAROLINE, BRADEN LAMB

Cover: HANNAH NANCE PARTLOW

Join best pals Jake the Dog, Finn the Human, and ... The ICE KING?! It's a Dungeon Bro-Venture as this crazy trio jumps into a game of danger and feelings. Will the treasure at the end be worth all the crazy emotions, or have Finn and Jake finally found a quest they won't be able to finish? Don't miss these brand-new adventures written by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and illustrated by Ice Age's dynamic art duo Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb in this deluxe hardcover edition.

$34.99

ALONE VOL 2: MASTER OF KNIVES (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: FABIEN VEHLMANN

Art/Cover: BRUNO GAZZOTTI

In the abandoned town, the children have established a new home and organized a life for themselves. As they prepare for a trip to other cities in an attempt to determine the extent of the phenomenon that saw everyone else vanish, they encounter and learn to deal with the problems of an existence without adults. Until one day a tall, knife-wielding figure appears, and their dream of finding someone else suddenly turns into a nightmare!

$11.95

AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #3

Publisher: COMIXTRIBE

Writer: JOHN LEES

Art: IAIN LAURIE

Cover: IAIN LAURIE, GARRY BROWN

With the mystery of Emily's disappearance growing deeper and darker, events take a nightmarish turn. As Hellinger navigates surreal, haunted dreamscapes, he is confronted with ghosts from his past, and chilling omens of his future. Elsewhere, enemies are revealed, and sharp implements are put to use. Features a variant cover by superstar artist Garry Brown (The Massive).

Mature/$3.50

That is one ugly rabbit.

It is a rabbit, isn't it?

ANTARES VOL 5 (TPB)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer/Art/Cover: LEO

Kim's mission to the other Antares planet -- the one from which came the mysterious beam that took her daughter -- is underway, and the young woman desperately wants to believe she will find her missing child. One among her team has no shortage of faith, though: the insufferable Jedediah Thornton is convinced they are going to meet an advanced alien civilization. And he will stop at nothing to ensure humanity's representative is a man of proper morals!

$11.95

BABY-SITTERS CLUB VOL 2: TRUTH ABOUT STACEY (NEW PTG GN)

Publisher: GRAPHIX

(W) Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier (A/CA) Raina Telgemeier

Poor Stacey. She's moved to a new town. She's still coming to terms with her diabetes. She's facing baby-sitting problems left and right. And her parents are no help. Luckily, Stacey has three new, true friends - Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they're the BSC - and they will deal with whatever's thrown their way, even if it's a rival baby-sitting club!

$10.99

BAD KIDS GO 2 HELL VOL 2 (TPB)

Publisher: BAD KIDS LLC

Writer: MATTHEW SPRADLIN, BARRY WERNICK

Art: ALEX WILLIAMSON, MARTIN GRIFFITHS

Cover: DAVID BEAUCHENE

It's four years later, and a new group of students has been placed in Saturday detention at good ol' Crestview Academy. After one of the kids locks away the teacher assigned to watch them, the five of them very quickly find their ranks dwindling as each meets with a gruesome "accident." They may make it out of the library, but with a new threat revealing itself, is there enough time and resources for at least one of them to make it out alive?

Mature/$14.99

BIRD & SQUIRREL VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Writer/Art/Cover: JAMES BURKS

Bird and Squirrel are back and ready for adventure! After Bird and Squirrel crash land in the South Pole during a raging blizzard, a penguin named Sakari thinks Bird has come to rid her village of a hungry Killer Whale. But when Squirrel finds out that Bird will actually be fed to the Killer Whale as a sacrifice, they hatch a crazy plan to escape. With good timing, a little luck, and help from Sakari, they just might make it out alive. Or they might end up as whale food!

$8.99

BLACK METAL OMNIBUS (GN)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: RICK SPEARS

Art/Cover: CHUCK BB

Shawn and Sam Stronghand are misunderstood twins with a mysterious lineage and a penchant for the darkest of metal. When they acquire the latest Frost Axe album and play it backwards their grim destiny is revealed. Empowered by the legendary sword of Atoll, the brothers set out on an epic quest to fulfill ancient prophecy and crush any that stand in their way.

Combining frostbitten fantasy and brutal adventure, this most epic tome of blackest metal contains all three volumes of the critically acclaimed trilogy by writer Rick Spears and Eisner Award-winning artist Chuck BB.

$24.99

BLUE MORNING VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: SUBLIME

Writer/Art/Cover: SHOKO HIDAKA

At only 10 years of age, Akihito Kuze suddenly inherits the Kuze viscountship after his father's death. The family's capable butler, Tomoyuki Katsuragi, takes over the task of raising the boy, serving as his tutor. However, the handsome and intelligent Katsuragi, well respected even among the aristocracy, remains cool towards his charge. Akihito finds himself relentlessly drawn to Katsuragi, frustrated by the distance between them and driven to discover the reasons why.

Mature/$12.99

BLUE MORNING VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: SUBLIME

Writer/Art/Cover: SHOKO HIDAKA

"I will serve you my entire life. In exchange, you bring the Kuze family the rank of count or higher." The young viscount Akihito agrees to this condition laid out by his butler Katsuragi, who is thus forced into his arms. But no matter how deep their affair goes, Katsuragi's attitude towards him remains cold. Akihito is plunged into a turmoil of fierce emotions, as frustrated by this unyielding distance as he is driven to violent passion by his butler's cleverness and beauty. The situation reaches a breaking point when master and servant are invited to a party at the Marquise Moriyama's.

Mature/$12.99

BLUE MORNING VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: SUBLIME

Writer/Art/Cover: SHOKO HIDAKA

Clinging to his fierce, unwavering love for Katsuragi, Akihito moves ever closer to an engagement to the daughter of Duke Sajo. Firmly focused on his future, Akihito asks his friend Ishizaki's father to be his go-between in the marriage talks, but Ishizaki insists that in exchange he wants Tomoyuki Katsuragi! Around the same time, former houseboy Amamiya discovers mysterious documents relating to Katsuragi's lineage.

Mature/$12.99

BLUE MORNING VOL 4 (GN)

Publisher: SUBLIME

Writer/Art/Cover: SHOKO HIDAKA

Katsuragi's lineage is finally revealed. Once the truth is discovered, he leaves the Kuze household for the Ishizaki home in an attempt to support Akihito from the outside. However, when rumors of Akihito's impropriety reach his ears, he rushes back to see his young master. Akihito then makes the dramatic confession that not only has he broken off the engagement crucial to the rank Katsuragi is so proud of, but he has also made threats against Marquise Moriyama!

Mature/$12.99

BRIDES OF HELHEIM

Writer: CULLEN BUNN

Art/Cover: JOELLE JONES

Mature/$3.99

Cullen Bunn, Joëlle Jones, and Nick Filardi return to their smash hit Viking horror/fantasy series Helheim!

Years have passed since Rikard's victory over Bera and Groa. In defeating the witches, Rikard saved his people. And yet he cannot rest. He is still denied the promise of Valhalla. The warrior is condemned to wander the living world as an undead draugr. Now, a new challenge lies before Rikard: to face the demon beast Mórðvíg in a brutal conflict.

CLOAKS #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: CALEB MONROE

Art: MARIANO NAVARRO

Cover: W. SCOTT FORBES

After the shocking reveal of what truly happened to his mentor and father figure Blackstone, Adam reluctantly agrees to join the ranks of the CLOAKS blackops organization and is immediately thrown into his first mission: hunting down his predecessor on the team, someone who Adam can't help but find familiar ...

$3.99

CRITICAL HIT #1

Publisher: BLACK MASK COMICS

Writer: MATT MINER

Art: JONATHAN BRANDON SAWYER

Cover: JONATHAN BRANDON SAWYER & Various

Matt Miner rallies a brand new art team and launches Liberator fan-favorites Jeanette and Sarah in a bold new direction with their own gritty mission to stop a rogue gang of hunters -- but the girls learn to their horror that these hunters have developed a new hobby: hunting people ... and suddenly the rescuers become the prey.

Mature/$3.99

CROSSED BADLANDS #62

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: DAVID LAPHAM

Art: FRANCISCO MANNA

Cover: GABRIEL ANDRADE

Fatal Fantasy Variant: MATT MARTIN

Wrap Variant: GERMAN ERRAMOUSPE

Torture Variant: RAFA ORTIZ

DAVID LAPHAM returns to the brutal world of Crossed with a crime story told both before and after the Crossed outbreak!  Lapham's vision for the misery of the Crossed is unparalleled.  A father is pushed to the brink when his family is tortured by a horrific thug.  But then C-Day happened and the World changed. A mystery to solve gets much harder in a World of psychotics!   There is no help and there is no hope.  There is only the Crossed.  Available with Regular and Red Crossed Incentive covers by Gabriel Andrade, Torture cover by Rafa Ortiz, Wraparound cover by German Erramouspe, and Fatal Fantasy cover by Matt Martin.

Mature/$3.99

CRUZADER: AGENT OF THE VATICAN (HC)

Publisher: THE FORCE MEDIA LLC

Writer: OMAR MORALES

Art: JOEL COTEJAR

Cover: PAUL GULACY

Prophecies. Aliens. Sinners and Saints. A reluctant priest is retrained as a holy warrior for the Pope; he must embrace his destiny in order to defend the Vatican from an invading army of radical terrorists who are much more than what they appear.

Mature/$19.99

The thing about "agents of the Vatican" is that while I have nothing against Roman Catholicism, the history of the church when it comes to fielding "agents" is pretty unpleasant. From The Crusades to the Inquisition to what happened to the Knights of Malta, the track record isn't exactly heroic.

DASH #1

Publisher: NORTHWEST PRESS

Writer: DAVE EBERSOLE

Art/Cover: DELIA GABLE

Los Angeles, 1940: Private investigator Dash Malone can't shake the feeling his lover, Johnny, is hiding something. Strange deaths start occurring throughout the city while a mysterious woman named Zita Makara begs Dash to take her case. When a grisly murder connects all three, a terrifying mystery unfolds.

$3.99

DOCTOR WHO 11TH #3

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writers: AL EWING, ROB WILLIAMS

Art: SIMON FRASER

Cover: VERITY GLASS

Subscription Variant: Photo

A devil haunts the midnight crossroads, and musicians are its prey! There's a devil out on the bayou. Something stalking bluesmen through the swamps of Mississippi, offering them talent beyond imagining, worlds at their feet in exchange for their souls! When Alice asks the Doctor if they can visit one of her mother's musical heroes, she's initially disappointed. Is Jones, a forgettable singer whose talent seems to be that of disappearing in a crowded room, really the colossal talent who brought passion, creativity and meaning to her mother's life? And what does he have to do with the nightmarish deals taking place in the dead of night?

$3.99

DOCTORS (GN)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: DASH SHAW

This new graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button, BodyWorld, New School) is his most taut book to date. Doctorsfocuses on death, bereavement and knowing when to let go. Part science-fiction thriller, part family drama, part morality play for the 21st century, and quite possibly Shaw's best book to date.

$16.99


EVIL INC ANNUAL REPORT VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: TOONHOUND STUDIOS

This is the first installment of the series of graphic novels based on the daily comic strip. Evil Inc is a corporation run BY super-villains FOR super-villains ... because you can do more evil when you do it legal. Join the CEO (Chief Evil Officer) Evil Atom, a Silver-Age-villain-turned-businessman; Lightning Lady, a recovering supervillainess; Dr. Haynus, a brain-in-a-jar symbiotically joined to a puppy dog; and the rest of the employees who give a new meaning to "punching in" for the day.

$14.99

EVIL INC ANNUAL REPORT VOL 2 (TPB)

Publisher: TOONHOUND STUDIOS

The second installment of the series of graphic novels based on the daily comic strip. Evil Inc is a corporation run BY super-villains FOR super-villains ... because you can do more evil when you do it legal. Join the CEO (Chief Evil Officer) Evil Atom, a Silver-Age-villain-turned-businessman; Lightning Lady, a recovering supervillainess; Dr. Haynus, a brain-in-a-jar symbiotically joined to a puppy dog; and the rest of the employees who give a new meaning to "punching in" for the day.

$14.99

FAIRY TAIL VOL 42 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: HIRO MASHIMA

Lucy is an attractive mage-in-training who wants to join a magician's guild so that she can become a full-fledged magician. The guild she dreams about joining is the most famous in the world, and it is known as the Fairy Tail. One day she meets Natsu, a boy raised by a Dragon who mysteriously left him when he was young. Natsu has devoted his life to finding his Dragon father. When Natsu helps Lucy out of a tricky situation, she discovers that he is a member of the Fairy Tail magician's guild, and our heroes' adventure together begins.

$10.99

FEARLESS DAWN: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (ONE-SHOT)

Writer/Art/Cover: STEVE MANNION

28 pages, 7x10, SC,  B&W

Mature/$3.99

Asylum Press is releasing five-page preview of the fan favorite Fearless Dawn: The Eye Of The Beholder written and illustrated by Steve Mannion (The Bomb, Batman Black and White, Tales From The Crypt, Warlash:Dark Noir)

In Fearless Dawn: The Eye Of The Beholder, Steve Mannion's feisty action hero is back! Can she escape the clutches of "One-Eyed Hans"? Tune in and get the skinny!  Meet "One-Eyed Hans," the roughest, toughest, meanest old hombre ever to bust up the FEARLESS DAWN camp! And he's got one eye. Well, he's actually got two eyes but one is made of glass. So, yeah. He's got one eye. And he has been sent to aid in the BREAKOUT of Fearless Dawn's arch Nemesis, Helga Von Krauss. Can Fearless Dawn stop ol' One-Eye? Join us now and find out! Fans of the Rocketeer, The Goon and MAD Magazine are sure to get a kick out of this series, from the inimitable mind and pen of Steve Mannion!   ALSO features a "Manly" Mannion sketchbook section.

Asylum Press website: www.asylumpress.com
 
Fearless Dawn Blog: http://fearlessdawn.blogspot.com/

I probably should have put this in Best Bets, but I doubt it would appeal to everybody. Fearless Dawn is a sort-of modern underground comic that mixers absurd humor, space Nazis, dinosaurs and girls in short-short and tight shirts.

FICTION SQUAD #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: PAUL JENKINS

Art: RAMON BACHS

Cover: RAMON BACHS, MICHAEL DIALYNAS

WHY WE LOVE IT: After publishing the first two volumes of FAIRY QUEST, we kinda have a thing for Fablewood, where all fairy tales and bedtime stories live side-by-side. So when Paul Jenkins came up with a mystery and fantasy mash-up adventure set there and enlisted his CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE artist Ramon Bachs, we hopped aboard faster than Alice went down the rabbit hole.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: In FICTION SQUAD, every nursery rhyme is a crime scene in the making. If you like your mystery mashed up with fantasy, this has got you covered. Fans of FABLES and ONCE UPON A TIME will find a lot to love. And if you enjoyed Humberto Ramos' art on FAIRY QUEST, then you will not be disappointed when you see Ramon Bachs' gorgeous line work. Plus, the project has thousands of Kickstarter copublishers like you!

WHAT'S IT ABOUT: Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children's Realm. After transferring in from the realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case.

$3.99

GARFIELD #30

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: MARK EVANIER, SCOTT NICKEL

Art: ANDY HIRSCH, GENEVIEVE

Cover: ANDY HIRSCH

As Halloween approaches, Garfield and the gang have nothing but treats for you! First, Garfield and Odie find a magic wand that turns their world upside down. Then, the amazing Genevieve FT returns to illustrate an awesome tale, as a Garfield cosplayer has to solve a mystery at a comic book convention.

$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2014

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: DAN WICKLINE

Cover A: MALSUNI

Cover B: MYCHAELS

Cover C: DOONEY

Cover D: ANDOLFO

Featuring the all new cast of Grimm Fairy Tales!

When Sela and Belinda are out on a mission, Skye and the students sneak out on Halloween night to visit a haunted cemetery. But when a wraith attacks and brings each of their greatest fears to life, the heroes of the story are made into prey!

Mature/$5.99

The cover on the top left reminds me of Tom Sutton's work. Y'all think it might be a deliberate homage?

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: MASUMI #3

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: JOE TYLER

Art: JOEL OJEDA

Cover A: HARVEY TOLIBAO

Cover B: PAOLO PANTALENA

Cover C: JASON CARDY

After a devastating blow against her family, Masumi sets out to eliminate the rest of the Yakuza ... but she is unaware that Ry'jin, the dragon god, is already hunting her, creating a complicated web of traps to lead her into a one on one confrontation with him. Even with the Blades of Sin, will Masumi be able to beat a man who can control the demons within?

Mature/$3.99

GIVE TO THE HEART VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: NETCOMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: WANN

Earth suffers a cataclysm. Three godlike beings emerge to rule over survivors. Lord Ganok controls all waters. He nourishes nations with rain or blights them with drought. Yet, despite his terrifying abilities, the Water King can't win the heart of the woman Sooyi because the human heart contains more intense storms than even he can create. Furthermore, Sooyi seeks to fulfill a vendetta -- and the power to slay the Water King.

Mature/$11.99

GOD IS DEAD #21

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: MIKE COSTA

Art: EMILIANO URDINOLA

Cover: JACEN BURROWS

Iconic Variant: JACEN BURROWS

Carnage Wrap Variant: GERMAN NOBILE

End of Days Variant: JACEN BURROWS

Mike Costa has shown us the second coming of the god wars and brought back the risen savior of Christianity only to see the world continue to evolve into a haven of misery.  Now as the gods we thought were dead and gone begin to return for vengeance, what will stop them before they burn the very earth to a cinder?   Available with a Regular, End of Days, and Iconic covers by Jacen Burrows, a Carnage Wraparound cover by German Nobile, and a special Gilded Retailer Incentive Cover also by Burrows.

Mature/$3.99

HARVEY HORRORS: BLACK CAT MYSTERY VOL 4 (SOFTIE TPB)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: LEE ELIAS & Various

260 mm x 180 mm, 160 pages, $24.99

You talk and we listen ...

Hot off the heals of our first foray into Trade Paperback Editions comes the third part of strangest tales of fear and terror culled from the pages of Harvey's Black Cat Mystery.

Due to be published July 2014, were making available the whole run of Black Cat Mystery available in a run of sumptuous softcovers, each volume containing five comicbooks but without the support material featured in the hardbacks.

About Harvey Horrors Black Cat Mystery Softie Volume Four:

Here comes the fourth softcover collection of Harvey's Black Cat comic, containing issues 45 through 49, from August 1953-April 1954. These are the closest thing to reading the original comics from back in the 1950s. Absolutely brilliant material from one of the illustrious horror quartet that were the only real opposition to Bill Gaines's EC triptych of Haunt, Vault and Crypt. Fabulous words'n'pix from one of the half-dozen most underrated titles from the good old days.

Limited to 2000 copies worldwide.

Click here to buy the book directly from PS Publishing [£14.99/$24.99]

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN BOX SET 1975-1983

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Ed Piskor

$59.99

This boxed set collectS Books One and Two in a custom hardcover slipcase designed and illustrated by Piskor. This set will feature all-new cover art on each book, as well as another exclusive item unavailable anywhere else: Hip Hop Family Tree #300, an all-new 24-page comic book that celebrates a historic confluence of hip-hop and comic book culture, when Spike Lee directed Image Comics co-founder Rob Liefeld in a Levi’s Jeans commercial, which Piskor tells in a pitch-perfect visual parody/pastiche/homage to the Image house style of the 1990s as defined by Liefeld, McFarlane, etc.

Hip Hop Family Tree Box Set

For more information, please visit fantagraphics.com/hhft.

HOSPITAL SUITE (GN)

Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY

Writer/Art/Cover: JOHN PORCELLINO

The Hospital Suite is a landmark work by celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino, an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and 2000s. In 1997, John needed emergency surgery to remove a benign tumor from his small intestine. In the wake of the surgery, John had numerous health complications that led to a flare-up of his preexisting tendencies toward anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Hospital Suite is Porcellino's response to these experiences, simply told stories drawn in an honest, heart-wrenching style.

Mature/$22.95

IRS VOL 3: SILICIA INC (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: STEPHEN DESBERG

Art/Cover: BERNARD VRANCKEN

Larry B. Max, a specialist from a little-known branch of the IRS, investigates two seemingly unconnected murders in France and California. Max finds a strange message reading "Silicia, 10 am, Ocean Drive" and tries to figure out what it all means. Meanwhile, a mysterious young lady seems to be one step ahead of him, erasing one clue after another.

$11.95

JIM HENSON MUSICAL MONSTERS OF TURKEY HOLLOW (HC)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: ROGER LANGRIDGE, JIM HENSON

Art/Cover: ROGER LANGRIDGE

WHY WE LOVE IT: After the success of Archaia's Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Jim Henson's Tale of Sand, we are proud to partner once again with The Jim Henson Company to bring to life another previously unknown piece of the Jim Henson Legacy. The only thing more exciting than finding the script for the project was securing the talents of the amazing Roger Langridge (writer and illustrator of the Eisner Award-winning The Muppet Show Comic Book and SNARKED) to adapt and illustrate the project!

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Eisner and Harvey Award winner Roger Langridge is the mastermind behind SNARKED and the beloved run of The Muppet Show comics, and now he gets to bring to life hilarious, never-before-seen puppet creations by Jim Henson in an oversized all-ages adventure.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Turkey Hollow is a picturesque town where hundreds of years ago, unbeknownst to the citizens, a meteorite landed near a small brook on the outskirts of town. One Thanksgiving, while young Timmy Henderson practices his guitar, he's accompanied by strange, unearthly, musical sounds. That meteorite wasn't a rock at all but an egg holding seven furry, goofy monsters, each with a unique musical sound! After the initial shock, Timmy befriends the lovable creatures, who follow him all around Turkey Hollow. Not everyone takes a liking to the visitors, though, and it's up to Timmy to protect his new friends and save Thanksgiving!

$24.99

LAIKA (SC)

Publisher: SQUARE FISH

Writer/Art/Cover: NICK ABADZIS

Laika was sent into space aboard Sputnik 2 in 1957, never to return to Earth. This is her story. Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth's first space traveler.  This is her journey. Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika's health and life. Abadzis gives life to a pivotal moment in modern history, casting light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind history.

$10.99

This is  a charming story that will break your heart.

LAST BORN #1

Publisher: BLACK MASK COMICS

Writer: PATRICK MEANEY

Art/Cover: ERIC ZAWADZKI

What if the Big Bang was not the first of its kind? And, more importantly, not the last? Her whole life, Julia has yearned for adventure, and when she falls through a rupture in spacetime, she finally gets her wish. This cosmological thrill-ride marks the comic writing debut of Patrick Meaney, director of Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods.

Mature/$3.99


LONESOME GO (GN)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: TIM LANE

Tim Lane (Abandoned Cars) presents a collection of stories where the lives of his Edward Hopper-esque characters are a rich mix of myth and fact, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief. A sociopathic boxcar hobo, a young man who sprouts worms from his face, an undocumented immigrant bookstore doorman, a former boxer and an expert hustler all populate a haunted landscape of broken dreams. Grotesque and beautiful, these are stories that will follow you like a shadow long after you have put

$39.99

MADDY KETTLE VOL 1: ADV OF THE THIMBLEWITCH (GN)

Publisher: TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS

Writer/Art/Cover: ERIC ORCHARD

Maddy is an eleven year old girl with a pet toad named Ralph. And they're on a rather big adventure right now, as her parents are currently kangaroo rats - having been put under a spell. On their way to find the Thimblewitch to sort everything out, they battle Spider Goblins and befriend two endearing Cloud Mappers, Harry the bear and Silvio the raccoon, who help them get where they're going. We won't tell you what happens next, but we can assure you that it's a beautiful and magical ride. An all-new, ongoing, all-ages series coming from Spectrum award-winning cartoonist Eric Orchard and Top Shelf!

$14.95

MINECRAFT OFFICIAL MOJANG CONSTRUCTION HANDBOOK (HC)

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC.

From theme parks with incredible waterslide rides to entire pirate coves complete with galleons - is there nothing that can't be achieved in Minecraft? Here the experts talk you through amazing constructions which range from awe-inspiring cathedrals to wacky inventions like the hilarious animal cannon that catapults cows out to sea! Find out which are Notch's personal favorites and get step-by-step instructions to fuel your own creative genius. Be ore-some!

$7.99

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ORIGIN VOL 7 (HC)

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer/Art/Cover: YOSHIKAZU YASUHIKO

In a civil war, half of humanity has been wiped out, and Zeon's army of Zaku mobile suits have been the decisive weapon. With the Federation's first Gundam out of action, civilian Amuro Ray miraculously stumbles on a second unit. Now, in control of a machine with unparalleled destructive power, will Amuro's actions save the colony's survivors or destroy them?

$29.95

MOOMIN ON THE RIVIERA (GN)

Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY

Writer/Art/Cover: TOVE JANSSON

Paperback • 48 pages • 8.5" x 6" • full-color • $9.95

As springtime dawns in Moominvalley and the first northern crocus opens, Moominpappa and Snorkmaiden, glamorized by the prospects of movie stars and gambling, insist the whole family take a trip down to the Riviera. Reluctantly Moomin and Moominmamma agree to go along, and the Moomins set off on a grand adventure, complete with butlers, luxury shops, indoor swimming pools, and duels at dawn. With their innocent curiosity about everything, the Moomins prove the perfect foil for the cynical, world-weary residents of the Riviera.

“The Moomin series … is the sort of thing you can read at age 8 or at 48 and find equally gratifying.” -- Myla Goldberg

MY LITTLE MONSTER VOL 4 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: ROBICO

Haru Yoshida is feared as an unstable and violent "monster." Mizutani Shizuku is a grade obsessed student with no friends. Fate brings these two together to form the most unlikely pair. Haru firmly believes he's in love with Mizutani and she firmly believes he's insane.

$10.99

PIRATES OF THE SILVER COAST (GN)

Publisher: KIDS CAN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: SCOTT CHANTLER

At long last, Dessa knows the location of her missing twin brother: the Island of Astaroth. But getting there is another matter. No one has ever seen the Dark Island. Together with her friends, Topper and Fisk, she must navigate nasty surprises and pirate treachery in her desperate search for what's left of her family. The fifth volume in the Three Thieves series.

TPB $8.95, HC $17.95

PLUME VOL 2 #1

Publisher: DEVILS DUE ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art/Cover: K. LYNN SMITH

After returning some of the stolen artifacts, Vesper comes across some hard truth. As her father's past starts to unravel, she learns that maybe some secrets are best left untold.

$2.99

POWER OF TANK GIRL OMNIBUS (TPB)

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writer: ALAN MARTIN

Art: RUFUS DAYGLO, ASHLEY WOOD

Cover: ASHLEY WOOD

The panzer-powered punkette returns! Tank Girl's back with a bang in this Booga's-pouched-sized collection of three epically insane, depleted-plutonium adventures: The Gifting, Visions of Booga, and The Royal Escape.

$24.99

PRE-CODE CLASSICS: STRANGE WORLDS VOL 2

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers: HARRY LAZARUS & Various

Art: GENE FAWCETTE & Various

HC $47.99, Slipcase $64.99

Avon calling, kiddies! Yes, after a sixty-plus years lay-off, Avon's mesmerising 15-issue Strange Worlds comic book run is available once more in a handy hardcover first volume comprising issues 1 through 7 and all thanks to those nifty shoe-shufflers at PS Artbooks.  The series features artwork by such top talents as Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Alvin C. Hollingsworth and Charles Sultan. And those covers! Oh, my ... how long before we do volume two you ask? Hey, we're goin' as fast as we can, ya know!

About Strange Worlds Volume Two:

Astounding  super science fantasy stories from issues 8, 9, 18 and 19 from August 1952 to February 1955. Also includes the bonus issues of Out of this World (1950), An Earthman on Venus (1951) and Flying Saucers (1952). This second volume has been meticulously compiled from the original source material and painstakingly digitally restored.

SLIPCASE EDITION

300 copies in full colour slipcase

Click here to buy the book directly from PS Publishing [£39.99/$62.99]

BOOKSHOP EDITION

1700 bookshop copies available. Unsigned Book only. 288 Pages

Click here to buy the book directly from PS Publishing [£29.99/$47.99]

RED BARON VOL 1: MACHINE GUNNERS BALL (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: PIERRE VEYS

Art/Cover: CARLOS PUERTA

A retelling of the life of German World War I ace Manfred von Richthofen, a pilot of almost supernatural skill. In the skies of France during the Great War, a red-painted fighter is chasing a British SPAD. The relentless German pilot eventually wounds his opponent mortally, and lands near the downed Briton to watch him die, confessing his delight in war and victory. Ten years earlier, a young Manfred Von Richthofen is attending a military academy in Berlin when, during an incident with classmates, he comes to realiZe he has an unnatural gift.

$11.95

REGULAR SHOW #15

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: K.C. GREEN, RACHEL CONNOR

Art: ALLISON STREJLAU, CAREY PIETSCH

Cover: ANDY HIRSCH

It's the battle of the coffee shops, and it looks like there is no end in sight for this crazy caffeine war. Margaret and Eileen get ready to fight the war but it looks like Mordecai and Rigby might have a plan to help ... to hopefully help ... it might help but really, it's just going to be a lot of fun.

$3.99

RICKY ROUSE HAS A GUN (GN)

Publisher: SELFMADEHERO

Writer: JORG TITTEL

Art/Cover: JOHN AGGS

Rick Rouse is a US Army deserter who, after running away to China, gets a job at Fengxian Amusement Park-a family destination heavily "inspired" by Western culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with a red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat's tail), Bumbo (small ears and a big behind), and dozens of other original characters. The park's general manager is convinced that Rick was destined to greet Fengxian customers, dressed as none other than Ricky Rouse. This original graphic novel is a relentless action comedy, a satire of US-China relations, a parody of Western entertainment, and a look at China, a culture ripe with innovation and a unique, courageous spirit.

$24.95

ROBOCOP 2014 #4

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art: CARLOS MAGNO

Cover: GONI MONTES

The guns are gone. Old Detroit riots. The politicians rage. Everything is going according to plan. With Killian's undertaking in full effect, RoboCop and Anne Lewis are the only ones who can stop his siege for power.

Mature/$3.99

SALLY OF THE WASTELAND #3

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writer: VICTOR GISCHLER

Art/Cover: TAZIO BETTIN

Mutant monsters! Crawgators! Badly dressed cannibal pirates! The dreaded lost city of New Orleans! Just some of the wondrously weird and wild obstacles that Sally, the Grindhouse Glamor Girl of post-Apocalyptic Louisiana, must face whilst on the trail of her blond bombshell wannabe boyfriend!

$3.99

SECRET HISTORY VOL 3 OMNIBUS (HC)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: JEAN-PIERRE PECAU

Art: IGOR KORDEY

Cover: MANCHU VATINE, OLIVIER VATINE

Four immortal brothers and sisters, the Archons, consumed in an epic struggle to influence and shape the history of Western civilization, show us the true, secret, occult history of the world. Volume Three of this ongoing series translated from its original French publication follows Dyo, Reka, Aker, Erlin, and William as they manipulate, destroy, and protect the machinations of the world through the 1940s to the 1970s.

Mature/$34.99

SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #13

Publisher: BONGO COMICS

Writers: IAN BOOTHBY, THOMAS LENNON

Art: JIM MAHFOOD & Various

Cover: JASON HO

First, Ned Flanders travels through the pits of Hell, when Rod and Todd are possessed by demons, turning Springfield upside down. Then follow Mr. Burns through the Amazonian rain forest as he goes in search of a fountain of youth elixir. And the Simpsons join a small resolute band of nine, all on a mission to rid Middle-Earth of an unspeakable evil.

$3.99

SING NO EVIL (GN)

Publisher: ABRAMS COMICARTS

Writer: J.P. AHONEN

Art/Cover: K.P. ALARE

Twenty-something guitarist Aksel stutters when he sings, and the latest reviews say he has the voice of a crow with throat plague. That's not a compliment, even for the avant-garde music his band Perkeros plays. Aksel is having a hard time keeping the band together, stopping his girlfriend from kicking him out, and not getting eaten by his drummer (who happens to be a cranky brown bear). There are also the rival bands that Perkeros find themselves in battle with to save the city from supernatural forces set loose by ancient music. The key to it all could be in the music Aksel hears in his dreams - if it doesn't drive him mad first.

TPB $15.95, HC $24.95

SKANDALON (GN)

Publisher: ARSENAL PULP PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: JULIE MAROH

By the author of Blue Is the Warmest Color: a stunning graphic novel on the downfall of a rock legend. "Skandalon," found in the Gospels, refers to a persistent trap or obstacle, such as the one that confounds the mesmerizing, Jim Morrison-like lead character Tazane. He is a true rock icon: passionate, arrogant, selfish, and sometimes violent, the charismatic singer is a beacon for controversy and scandal. But the public that worships him and the media that lavishes attention on him are waiting for him to fall from grace. At times shocking, Skandalon is a powerful and relentless meditation on the high cost of fame, and the demons awaiting anyone who refuses to be wary of them.

Mature/$21.95

SNOOPY'S THANKSGIVING (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: CHARLES M. SCHULZ

Sometimes getting together with friends and family for Thanksgiving isn't all that it's cracked up to be, as Snoopy learns when his brother Spike invites him to spend Thanksgiving in the desert, and things don't quite work out as planned Snoopy's Thanksgiving is the perfect gift book for anyone whose idea of the holiday is more Charlie Brown than Norman Rockwell, all at a budget price.

$9.99

SUICIDE RISK #18

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: MIKE CAREY

Art: HAEMI JANG

Cover: STEPHANIE HANS

Leo Winters and Requiem have managed to put aside their differences to face the uncoming threat together, but there's a bigger enemy at play, one that seeks not only to destroy Requiem by any means necessary, but possibly, the world ...

$3.99

TEKKON KINKREET (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: TAIYO MATSUMOTO

Orphaned on the mean streets of Treasure Town, lost boys Black and White must mug, steal, and fight to survive. Around them moves a world of corruption and loneliness, small-time crooks and neurotic police officers, and a band of sadistic yakuza who have plans for their once-fair city. Can they rise above their environment? Rating: M

$34.99

UBER #18

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: KIERON GILLEN

Art/Cover: DANIEL GETE

Propaganda Poster Variant: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Wrap Variant: DANIEL GETE

War Crimes Variant: CANAAN WHITE

With the realization that the Nazis have pulled far ahead of the Allies in development Ubers, hope starts to fade and some greater gambles are taken with the few Allied Heavy Tank-Men that remain in hopes of turning the tide.  Desperation is the currency of the hour with no end in sight to the horrors of enhanced human warfare.  Kieron Gillen and Daniel Gete spin a new chapter of fear and genocide in the pages of the most devastating war coming being published.  Available with Regular& Wraparound covers by Daniel Gete, Propaganda Poster cover by Michael DiPascale, and War Crimes and Blitzkrieg Incentive covers by CaananWhite.

Mature/$3.99

VIXENS VAMPS & VIPERS LOST VILLAINESSES OF GOLDEN AGE COMICS

Publisher: EXTERMINATING ANGEL PRESS

Writer: MIKE MADRID

Between the covers of Vixens, Vamps & Vipers, fans will rediscover the original bad girls of comics, as fierce and full of surprises as they were when the comic book industry was born. From murderous Madame Doom to He-She, Mike Madrid resurrects twenty-two glorious evildoers in fully reproduced comics and explores the ways they both transcend and become ensnared in a web of cultural stereotypes. These women may have been overlooked in the annals of history, but their influence, on popular culture and the archenemies that thrill us today, is unmistakable.

$16.95

I got a review copy of this. It's a collection of stories featuring mostly obscure and/or one-shot villainesses of the Golden Age, separated by category with a little pop psych thrown in. Which I enjoyed!

WASTE OF TIME #2

Publisher: NORTHWEST PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: RICK WORLEY

Worried about Rick's prospects for a successful art career, his creations decide he needs some inspiration. They set out to find his favorite artist, the reclusive Bill Watterson, whether Watterson wants to be found or not.

Mature/$4.99

WOODS #6

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: JAMES TYNION IV

Art/Cover: MICHAEL DIALYNAS

As the crew continues to track down their kidnapped classmates and the mysterious Hunters in the woods, we flashback to Calder on the opening night of Bay Point's rendition of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

$3.99

ZOMBIES VS CHEERLEADERS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: STEVEN L. FRANK, HEATHER FINLEY

Art: ANDER SARABIA, BILL MAUS

Cover A: PASQUALE QUALANO

Cover B: ELIAS CHATZOUDI

Cover C: JENEVIEVE BROOMALL

Cover D: Frank

Zenescope brings you the hard-hitting return of Zombies vs. Cheerleaders! When professional cheerleaders go on tour to visit soldiers in a combat zone, what mayhem and hilarity will they bring with them. Hint: There's zombies! Featuring three new stories!

Mature/$3.99

Wow, "Frank" really didn't put much effort into that Archie-style cover. I think I could have done better myself.

Wow, I will probably need to cull this list a little bit just to feel okay about myself...

BATMAN SUPERMAN #14 Jae Lee plus Greg Pak is a winner anytime.
BLACK WIDOW #11
BUCKY BARNES WINTER SOLDIER #1 I'll check this one out. Nothing wrong with the ol' one-issue try.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #25
DETECTIVE COMICS #35 Normally I would probably pass by this one, but it has art by John Paul Leon--it's been a long time since I've seen JPL draw Batman. Wait, has he? I know he did a black and white story, but it featured the Riddler.
GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 One-issue try. As a rule, I hate books about teenagers. That said, I will give this one a shot.
GRAYSON #3
GUARDIANS 3000 #1 I'll take a look at this. (One issue tryout...)
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #10 Wow--a DC book and a Marvel book abutting each other, both ending in 3000. I'm here for the upcoming Booster and Beetle return. And when I see them, written by Giffen and DeMatties, I may scream like a fifth grade girl. Just warning everyone in the greater metropolitan Indianapolis area.
LEGENDARY STAR LORD #4
SILVER SURFER #6
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #4
THOR #1
UNCANNY AVENGERS #25 AXIS
WONDER WOMAN #34

THOR #1
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?

It's already been done (from the movie Adventures in Babysitting).

SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. HARRY HOUDINI #1

Interestingly, Houdini had a falling-out with his friend Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, because Houdini was a major debunker of spiritualism and Doyle was a true believer.

I like it!  Guy out of Full Metal Jacket = Best Thor ever!

Wasn't Beta Ray Bill introduced in the first issue of Walt Simonson's stupendous run on Thor?  Thor Girl, She Thor, Nu Double-breasted Armour Thor will be doing well to emulate him and his introduction.

Richard Willis said:

THOR #1
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?

It's already been done (from the movie Adventures in Babysitting).

Batmna '66 Meets the Green Hornet #5
TMNT #38

Picked up Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Gotham Academy, Futures End, The Fade Out, Hinterkind, Classic Popeye, Winter Soldier, and Silver Surfer. 

I've read a few of them so far. Gotham Academy is good -- a really fun effort, with gorgeous art. The Fade Out is wonderful...I can't wait to see where it's going. There's a big villain reveal in this week's Futures End, and this penultimate chapter of Wonder Woman still has me guessing as to how the whole thing will wind up. I've liked this story, but it lasted about 6 months too long for my patience, I think. (Not necessarily too many issues, even... but I think  the delay since the last real issue of Wonder Woman (in July? This issue was originally scheduled for August, and September was a Futures End issue written by Charles Soule) has taken its toll.

I picked up Edge of Spider-verse #4, Batman Eternal, Grayson, Thor, Gotham Academy, Moon Knight, Lobo, Black Widow, the Fade out and Spider-man 2099. I'm way behind on reading so it may be a while before I get to all of these.

 

I did read Gotham Academy and Thor. Both were enjoyable.

 

The only reason I picked up Lobo was because I'm a big fan of Cullen Bunn's work on the Sixth Gun and Magneto.

The new Thor looks like the Phantom of the Paradise. Thor must not have been selling very well. "This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe." Suuure it is. And I've got a bridge for sale. "Not even Odin knows!" Yeah, he's really going to let somebody steal his son's hammer and not even find out how or why. Is it possible the writer doesn't know Odin has ravens to tell him everything and a throne from which he can look over the universe? If she's that well hidden then he definitely wouldn't want her walking around with Mjolnir. And isn't it convenient how Thor barely loses his hammer before this mysterious character comes out of nowhere and just happens to be able to pick it up? How long before Thor comes back? Well, the next Avengers movie is due out in May... But seriously, they made a female Thor to get women and girls to read comics? So there were women saying "You know, I'd read comic books, except I can't stand that Thor. Now maybe if he was a woman..."

"Who is the All-New Captain America?" What, him too? This isn't even the first time Steve Rogers has lost the super soldier serum, although Marvel is acting like it is. Next they'll bring in a new Iron Man and pair the three phonies new characters in a new Avengers series. Heck, let's replace everybody and start over with brand new #1s, because that's what we want, new #1s. We know we want #1s because Marvel told us that's what we want.

Wolverine's dead? Wow, can you believe Marvel killed off one of their most popular characters? Why haven't the newspapers been alerted?

 

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