THIS WEEK'S COMICS

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BEST BETS

ASTRO CITY: THROUGH OPEN DOORS (TPB, $16.99, DC Comics), ASTRO CITY: VICTORY (HC, $24.99, DC Comics): Astro City is veteran comics writer Kurt Busiek's vehicle for telling the superhero stories that, for whatever reason, he couldn't tell elsewhere, using variations of existing characters and archetypes. And it's really good stuff. These two collections offer the entire run of the latest series, two stories well worth reading.

AVENGERS #35 ($4.99, Marvel Comics): Marvel, which has never rebooted its superhero universe, keeps hinting that it's about to do so, and with this issue, the Marvel Universe will jump ahead seven months into May 2015. Things will obviously not be coming up roses in the future, or why bother to do it? It's likely that our heroes will spend the next seven months trying to prevent that future, but Marvel isn't saying -- aside from the above hints, which I don't believe. Either way, it should be a good ride, and maybe even an "important" story. And it launches big, with this 40-pager.

BLUE ESTATE: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (HC, $29.99, Image Comics): Crime noir which I've never read, but heard good things about.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (Of 5, $3.99, Marvel Comics): Each issue of this miniseries introduces (or re-introduces) a Spider-Man from a different parallel universe, most of whom will be players in the upcoming "Spider-Verse" event. This one has fans talking, in that its premise is that the radioactive spider in Amazing Fantasy #15 bypassed Peter Parker -- and bit Gwen Stacy instead! That one change in the origin story sets older fans' heads spinning, not only in that it gives us a breathing Gwen Stacy, but in that the Spider-history we know must be turned on its head in that world.

ODDLY NORMAL #1 ($2.99, Image Comics): An all ages story about an odd kid in an odd world, Oddly Normal is going for a Disney vibe and might be charming.

PURGATORI #1 ($3.99, Dynamite Comics): Another Chaos Comics character leaps to her own title, now that the ouevre of that defunct company is in Dynamite's hands. Purgatori is a sort of super-vampire, one with a touch of angelic blood, and one with her own agenda that doesn't include kowtowing to the existing supernatural power structure.

TRANSFORMERS: PHASE ONE OMNIBUS ($29.99, IDW Publications): If you enjoy IDW's Transformers books but came in late -- or just enjoyed the movies -- here's a chance to catch up. This Omnibus collects every IDW Transformers story from the first few years the publisher had the franchise.

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.

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDYLAND: SAVE X-MAS #1

Writer/Art/Covers: DEAN RANKINE

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC / $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

Itty Bitty Bunnies creator and cartoonist extraordinaire Dean Rankine lives down under, where Christmas is celebrated in the summer, so it makes perfect sense for his depraved creations to go on a holiday adventure now stateside. It also makes sense to the Bunnies to cook up a big batch of meth to help fund their Yuletide activities! Also available in a “Tickle Me Tyrone gift” variant cover, limited to 1,500 copies!

I actually had a squeeze-me Stimpy like the figure at top right, that made a flatulence sound when squeezed. And, honestly, I hit my limit on gross-out cartoon humor with Ren & Stimpy, and don't need to see any more. But I'm old -- maybe you young 'uns find it more entertaining than I do.

ARCHIE COMICS

ARCHIE #659

Script:  ALEX SEGURA

Art:  PAT & TIM KENNEDY, RICH KOSLOWSKI, JACK MORELLI, DIGIKORE STUDIOS

Cover:  PAT & TIM KENNEDY, BOB SMITH, TITO PENA

Zoo-Pendous Variant Cover: MIKE NORTON

32-page, full color comic

$3.99 U.S.

A Riverdale Zoo field trip goes bonkers when Sabrina’s magical cat Salem mis-casts a magical spell, turning Archie and the gang into animals! Not only that, but they’re turning everyone they meet into animals as well. Can the gang escape the zoo and reverse the spell before they’re stuck in their animal bodies forever? Find out in “It’s Zoo To You”!

ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #254

Script:  MIKE PELLOWSKI

Art: FERNANDO RUIZ, JIM AMASH, BILL YOSHIDA, FRANK GAGLIARDO

Cover:  FERNANDO RUIZ, BOB SMITH, TITO PENA

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

Our favorite Riverdale guys, Archie, Jughead and Chuck are beating the end-of-summer blues! Chuck makes a plan to fit in as much drawing as he can in his spare time -- and you won’t believe what happens to him at the art supply store! Find out in “Class Timing,” the lead story in this back-to-school digest!  (Formerly Archie Double Digest.)

KEVIN KELLER #15

Script: DAN PARENT


Art: DAN PARENT, RICH KOSLOWSKI, JACK MORELLI, GLENN WHITMORE

Cover: DAN PARENT


Superhero Variant: PHIL JIMENEZ, MATT HERMS


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


Kevin became a semi-celebrity after coming to the aid of a robbery victim, and it got Veronica’s wheels turning: of course, Kevin would make the PERFECT superhero! With her unlimited resources and limited common sense, Veronica built a secret lair into her mansion, where they could monitor crime and send Kevin out to fight it as THE EQUALIZER! The only piece of the puzzle left is Kevin—he still has to decide if he wants anything to do with her crazy schemes! This super issue features not one, but TWO variant covers by superstar artist Phil Jimenez!

Do I need to mention that the cover at left is an homage to X-Men #141?

MEGA MAN 7: BLACKOUT -- THE CURSE OF RA MOON (TPB)

Script: IAN FLYNN

Art: MIKE CAVALLARO, GARY MARTIN, MATT HERMS, JOHN WORKMAN

Cover: PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE

$11.99 U.S./$13.99 CAN

6 5/8 x 10 3/16”

Trade Paperback, 104 pp, Full Color

Fresh from the history-making crossover with Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man is back with an all-new adventure! The world has gone dark. Robots have collapsed in the streets. Mega Man awakes to a world without electricity -- and a crumbling civilization! With the help of the brilliant Dr. Light, Mega Man and a handful of Robot Masters are sent to the Amazon to stop the source of the world's power failure. But their mission is not an easy one. The malevolent Ra Moon has awoken, and it’s out to destroy the world. At its command is the unwitting Dr. Wily and his army of Wily-bots and Robot Masters. Can Mega Man and his friends overcome the odds and save the world? Or is this the end of an era? MEGA MAN VOL. 7 collects MEGA MAN #29-32 plus exclusive bonus features!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #264

Script:  IAN FLYNN, JOEY ESPOSITO, BENJAMIN BAILEY

Art: TYSON HESSE, JAMES FRY, TERRY AUSTIN, JOHN WORKMAN, GABRIEL CASSATA

Cover: PATRICK SPAZIANTE

Unleashed Variant Cover:  SEGA

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

A-WOOOOOOOOO! THE WAIT IS OVER! Prepare yourself for the terrifying debut of SONIC THE WEREHOG! “Control" Part One: Sonic, Amy and Sally venture deep into the rainforest in search of a Chaos Emerald.  What they find are Mighty, Ray – and serious trouble!  Will Egg Boss Thunderbolt push Sonic to the breaking point?  Then, in “A Nice Day to Start Again,” Bunnie and Antoine experience the effects of the Shattered World Crisis in a very personal way! Featuring new cover art from PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE and an "UNLEASHED" SEGA variant!

DARK HORSE

THE AUTHENTIC ACCOUNTS OF BILLY THE KID’S OLD TIMEY ODDITIES OMNIBUS (TPB)

Writer: ERIC POWELL

Art/Cover: KYLE HOTZ

Colors: DAN BROWN

FC, 320 pages, $24.99

TPB, 6” x 9”

The world believes the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid was killed by Pat Garrett, but in reality the Kid is very much alive, the hired gun of Fineas Sproule’s traveling spectacle of biological curiosities -- or “freaks,” as Billy calls them. Follow Billy and this crew of oddities, searching for mystical gems, taking on a fiendish freak killer, and rescuing an alligator man from the clutches of the Loch Ness vampire! Now all three tales are presented in one gun-slingin’ omnibus!

• From the Eisner Award–winning creator of The Goon!

• The Wild West collides with Victorian horror!

“Well worth the price of admission for anyone craving a few laughs and some oddball characters.” -- IGN

B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH #123

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, JOHN ARCUDI

Art: JOE QUERIO

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: LAURENCE CAMPBELL

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

All-out monster battle for Japan!

A giant monster unlike anything the BPRD has seen yet battles the Ogdru Hem for dominion over Japan!

Twenty years of Hellboy!

“Each month, I wish I had more insightful things to say about the book other than ‘GAAAAH THIS IS SO GOOD,’ but eventually, you run out of praise to hurl.” -- Multiversity

Things are not looking good for Tokyo!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 #7

Writers: CHRISTOS GAGE, NICHOLAS BRENDON

Art/Variant: REBEKAH ISAACS

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: STEVE MORRIS

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

As Spike and Xander bond -- while also seriously getting on each other’s nerves -- they are tempted to start writing some rules of their own in the book of magical laws ... concerning Buffy and Dawn!

“Anyone who was on the fence about Season 10 should be convinced that it’s going to be one hell of a ride.” -- Newsarama

“Dark Horse has brought their A-game talent to this comic, and it shows.” -- Comic Book Resources

What's the point of that first cover? Is he just checking out a brunette? That doesn't seem worth a whole cover!

THE COMPLETE SILENCERS (TPB)

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Art/Colors/Cover: STEVE ELLIS

Colors: DAE LIM YOO

FC, 160 pages, $19.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

Fred Van Lente’s cult crime comic!

In a city full of superpowered do-gooders, the mob needs above-average enforcers. Enter the Silencers, super criminals who are more than happy to use lethal force for a mafia-funded payday. When the Silencers’ leader finds out he’s being set up for a deadly fall, these pawns do more than put a mob king in checkmate ... they want to take over the whole city’s crime scene. Collects issues #1-4 of the series originally published by Moonstone, a one-shot originally published by Image and all supplemental material.

CRIMINAL MACABRE: THE THIRD CHILD #1 (of 4)

Writer: STEVE NILES

Art: CHRISTOPHER MITTEN

Colors: MICHELLE MADSEN

Cover: JUSTIN ERICKSON

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Control the babies, control the world!

Cal’s changed ... and maybe not for the better. Locked away and drowning himself with booze and aspirin, Cal feels the evil consuming him. Will he be able to withstand its pull or will he become the monster war’s greatest weapon of destruction?

• Written by Steve Niles (Breath of Bones, 30 Days of Night)

• Directly picks up from Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein!

“Niles’ writing is both light and gritty when the story calls for it, and strikes a perfect balance for a horror story of this nature” -- Bloody Disgusting

“Honestly, I don’t think Steve Niles has it in him to write a bad issue of Criminal Macabre.” -- Comics Bulletin

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #2

Writers: PETER HOGAN, BRENDAN McCARTHY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JUSTIN GRAY, DAMON GENTRY, FRED VAN LENTE, CHRIS ROBERSON

Art: BRENDAN McCARTHY, STEVE PARKHOUSE, ANDY KUHN, AARON CONLEY, RYAN DUNLEAVY, PAUL LEE

Cover: STEVE PARKHOUSE

FC, 48 pages, $4.99

Chris Roberson and Paul Lee reveal an untold tale from the movie Aliens featuring the character Hicks! Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey deliver a new Action Philosophers! that pulls the entire series together in “Action Philosophy!”

Plus, new chapters of Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s Resident Alien, Brendan McCarthy’s Dream Gang, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Andy Kuhn’s Wrestling with Demons, and Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s Sabertooth Swordsman!

• An untold tale from the Aliens movie, by Roberson and Lee!

• The award-winning series returns at a new price -- $4.99!

• New 48 page format!

• Eisner and Harvey award winner!

EYE OF NEWT #4 (of 4)

Writer/Art/Cover: MICHAEL HAGUE

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

From fantasy legend Michael Hague!

Having narrowly survived their quest and its dangers, our heroes appear to have run out of luck when they find themselves trapped with no avenue of escape from the dragon’s attack! It looks like certain death -- but rescue comes in a most unexpected form.

From the renowned illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Hobbit!

GHOST VOL 2: THE WHITE CITY BUTCHER (TPB)

Writers: KELLY SUE DECONNICK, CHRIS SEBELA

Art: RYAN SOOK, DREW JOHNSON, GERALDO BORGES

Inks: ANDY OWENS

Colors: DAVE MCCAIG, DAN JACKSON

Cover: TERRY DODSON, RACHEL DODSON

FC, 96 pages, $14.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

Kelly Sue DeConnick!

Ghost, the spectral protector of Chicago, defends the world against extradimensional demons and all-too-human monsters. After a painful encounter with a familiar face, Elisa Cameron finds herself torn between protecting her city and uncovering the mystery of her past life! Collects Ghost #1-4.

Featuring killer covers from Terry and Rachel Dodson!

LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS (HC)

Writer: GAIL SIMONE

Art/Cover: JIM CALAFIORE

Colors: JASON WRIGHT

FC, 120 pages, $14.99

HC, 7” x 10”

Gail Simone!

When the caped heroes of the world’s safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get the hell out of town. If only it were that easy. A small group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil!

• The Kickstarter phenomenon is finally available through Dark Horse Comics!

• The team behind the critically acclaimed comic Secret Six, Jim Calafiore and Gail Simone, re-team in this relentless book.

This sounds like the sort of twisted excess Gail Simone excels at.

RED MOON (HC)

Writer: CARLOS TRILLO

Art/Cover: EDUARDO RISSO

FC, 240 pages, $24.99

HC, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"

Eduardo Risso!

When Moon’s village is attacked and her father arrested, she embarks on an adventure to find the power to save him and bring joy back to the people of Burien. With the help of an invisible friend, Moon and her pal Antolin the acrobat will sail the high seas, befriend fairies, and fight volatile monsters. On their journey, they’ll gather the strength to confront the vast army controlling the citizens of her home and bring peace to the land.

Fairies, knights and flying caped crusaders!

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOL 17 (TPB)

Writer/Art: Various

B&W, 520 pages, $19.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

Vastly outnumbered, Conan and his mercenary army retreat to a walled city where safety is assured ... as is starvation within the enemy’s encircling stranglehold. But the city holds a horrifying secret that makes the slow death of privation or the agonizing death of the blade seem welcome! Collects Conan stories from Marvel’s The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #171–#180.

• Never before collected and out of print for over twenty years!

• Over 500 pages, value priced!

• Featuring famed comics and screen writer Gerry Conway.

I was never a huge Conan fan after Barry Windsor-Smith left the title, but read all of Marvel's Conan titles anyway, even after I noticed a severe drop in quality after Roy Thomas left. And yet, these books evoke an alarming level of nostalgia in me. I don't usually remember the stories, but I often remember the time and place I first read them!

I have no idea why this is, it just is.

THE STRAIN: THE NIGHT ETERNAL #2

Writer: DAVID LAPHAM

Art: MIKE HUDDLESTON

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: E.M. GIST

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

Read the comic! Watch the series!

Hoping to reunite with his friends and hear positive news of their seemingly futile insurgent efforts against the vampires, a drug-addled Ephraim Goodweather heads for a Manhattan hospital. But when he arrives, he discovers a secret that may send his fragile psyche right over the edge! Meanwhile, the Master has taken interest in a new pet -- a pet he’s teaching all sorts of wicked things!

• Continues the story of the critically acclaimed comic The Strain!

• From horror mastermind Guillermo del Toro.

Is that The Master? Ugly sucker.

WITCHFINDER: THE MYSTERIES OF UNLAND #4 (of 5)

Writers: KIM NEWMAN, MAURA McHUGH

Art: TYLER CROOK

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

Dry landers beware!

In a struggle with the local police, the witchfinder is taken down, but before they can drown him in the rising waters, a strange fish woman takes him in and reveals the mystery of Unland.

• Written by horror fiction legend Kim Newman (Anno Dracula)!

• From the pages of Hellboy!

• #GoToUnland

Man, I hate it when swamp critters run off with one of my socks.

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DC COMICS

ASTRO CITY: THROUGH OPEN DOORS (TPB)

Written by KURT BUSIEK

Art by BRENT ANDERSON

Cover by ALEX ROSS

176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

The first collection from the new run of ASTRO CITY is now in paperback with issues #1-6 of the acclaimed series! As the story begins, a mysterious door appears, heralding the arrival of the Ambassador. But when an ordinary man is caught in a cosmic conflict, it is up to favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, as well as new heroes, to rise to the occasion and save the world! Plus: a look at a woman who uses her super-powers to help bring adventure to the silver screen and more!

ASTRO CITY: VICTORY (HC)

Written by KURT BUSIEK

Art by BRENT ANDERSON

Cover by ALEX ROSS

176 pg, FC, $24.99 US

In these tales from ASTRO CITY #7-10, a major new epic features Winged Victory, Samaritan, and the Confessor. When criminal charges are brought against Winged Victory, the Confessor must investigate -- and it leads to open combat with Samaritan! Can Astro City’s three greatest heroes find a way to work together against this mystery threat? Plus, ASTRO CITY VISITOR’S GUIDE #1, including a tale revealing Winged Victory’s origin!

BATMAN AND ROBIN: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: RAY FAWKES

Art: DUSTIN NGUYEN

Cover: PATRICK GLEASON, MICK GRAY

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

Bruce continues to feel the fallout from his extreme new crime fighting methods -- is he ready to face the might of Heretic?

I know that we shouldn't be surprised to see a dead character back, but should we be assuming this is the original (dead) Heretic, or could it be another one of Talia's clones of Damian? Or would a resurrected Damain adopt the costume of the guy who killed him, for some perverse reason?

BATMAN ETERNAL #24

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

Art by ANDY CLARKE

Cover by JASON FABOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Spoiler goes head to head with her father, the deadly Cluemaster -- and the fate of Gotham City hangs in the balance!

SPOILER ALERT! Stephanie Brown's back!

But what's going on in that cover? Is she jumping through a painting? What's causing those red circles?

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURE'S END #1

Writer: GREG PAK

Art: HOWARD PORTER

Cover: AARON KUDER

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

A new super beings seeks out Batman: a creature born of hate who the broken Bat may not last long against!

Getting hit by the Batmobile? That's gonna leave a mark.

BATMAN UNWRAPPED: THE COURT OF OWLS (HC)

Writer: SCOTT SNYDER

Art/Cover: GREG CAPULLO

256 pg, B&W, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $39.99 US

The critically acclaimed first volume of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman saga is collected in a special edition presenting the art in pencils-only form! Collects issues #1-11 of BATMAN, introducing Gotham City’s deadly Court of Owls.

I love Capullo's art, and enjoyed "Court of Owls," but I can't imagine paying more money to see less of what the original had (as in inking and colors).BATWOMAN: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: MARC ANDREYKO

Art: JASON MASTERS

Cover: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

32 pg, FC • RATED T+

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

Now a creature of the night, Batwoman turns against her former lover, Nocturna, in final, deadly conflict!

Does Rafael Albuquerque always do Batwoman covers? Or did they call him in as a vampire expert, since he draws American Vampire?

FABLES #144

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and STEVE LEIALOHA

Cover by NIMIT MALAVIA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

This is our solicitation,

Going out to every nation,

For a new issue of FABLES taking wing.

 

We thought we would this time,

Do the entire blurb in rhyme,

Just to see if anyone actually reads this thing.

 

In this issue, Bigby resurrected,

Quite more monstrous than expected,

Is challenged by a golden-armored knight.

 

They throw down in the city,

And won’t it be a pity,

If lives are lost during the bloody fight.

 

As our special gift to you,

We make this promise true,

That the actual issue won’t be all a-rhyming.

 

‘Twill be done in the best prose we know,

About Bigby and his Fabled foe,

And their vicious battle fought with expert timing.

This looks like the kind of thing I'd have done as an intern. Good to know some things don't change.

FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR (TPB)

Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art by SCOTT EATON, JAIME MENDOZA and GRAHAM NOLAN

Cover by SCOT EATON

200 pg, FC • $16.99 US

Madness and mayhem hit the streets as Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison both unleash their prisoners on the citizens of Gotham City. And with no Dark Knight to protect the city, what horrors will follow? Arkham and Blackgate face off in this 6-issue miniseries featuring Scarecrow, The Penguin, Bane, Killer Croc and more. Also includes BATMAN #23.4: BANE and FOREVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS. BANE #1.

GODZILLA AWAKENING (TPB)

$12.99

The King of Monsters is back!  From the Legendary and Warner Bros. major motion picture comes GODZILLA: AWAKENING TPB, the official prequel graphic novel to one of this summer's biggest blockbuster films.  This new trade paperback is timed to the release of the GODZILLA Blu-Ray and DVD on 9/16.

Delve into an incredible mystery, generations in the making. At the dawn of the atomic age, humanity awakens lifeforms beyond imagination, unleashing monumental forces of nature.  Written by Max Borenstein (screenwriter of the new Godzilla) and Greg Borenstein, illustrated by Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah and featuring cover art by comics legend Arthur Adams, GODZILLA: AWAKENING is the official graphic novel based on the new movie from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, and reveals an explosive, larger-than-life adventure set decades before the film.   

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: JUSTIN JORDAN

Art: DIOGENES NEVES, MARC DEERING

Cover: DIOGENES NEVES

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

The power of the white lantern power has brought Kyle to the brink of death! Now, he must decide whether to release that power into the universe, or find another unsuspecting soul to take it on.

INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE #3

Written by DAN ABNETT

Art by JAVIER GARRON and ALEX CAL

Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

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

Based on the hit videogame INFINITE CRISIS! Having survived the destruction of an entire universe, Batman, Nightmare Robin, Arcane Green Lantern and Gaslight Catwoman arrive on the home world of Atomic Wonder Woman. In this devastated, post-apocalyptic landscape, the team finally confronts Atomic Two-Face and his mutant hordes, commanded by the fearsome Atomic Bane.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: JEFF LEMIRE

Art: JED DOUGHERTY

Cover: MIKE McKONE

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

The mystery of the Martian Manhunter is revealed at last as his decades-long plan for world domination comes to fruition! Continues in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1!

THE MULTIVERSITY: THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES: CONQUERORS OF THE COUNTER-WORLD #1

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art and cover by CHRIS SPROUSE and KARL STORY

1:10 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS SPROUSE

1:25 Variant cover by FRAZER IRVING

1:50 Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH

1:100 Variant cover by GRANT MORRISON

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with five covers.

The biggest adventure in DC Comics history continues!

Grant Morrison joins modern legend Chris Sprouse (TOM STRONG, BATMAN: RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, ACTION COMICS) for a trip to Earth-20 starring a Society of Super Heroes unlike anything you’ve seen before! It’s pulp Super Hero action with a post-modern twist -- you can’t afford to miss it!

Who is the demon-like Green Lantern protecting Earth-20? What secret does Doc Fate hold that could save the world? Who are the hand-to-hand and air-to-air combat queens known as the Blackhawks? And what happens when these heroes come face to face with their diabolical Earth-40 counterparts – led by Vandal Savage – for an epic war between parallel worlds? Find out all that and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter two of the overall MULTIVERSITY storyline. Join us, if you dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!

Whew! It's like Morrison took "Crisis on Earth-Three" (Justice League of America #29-30) and put it in a blender!

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #20

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

Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT

Cover by RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

An unexpected ally helps Lois unravel the last

startling secrets of the mysterious package she received!

NEW TEEN TITANS VOL. 1 (TPB)

Written by MARV WOLFMAN and GEORGE PEREZ

Art by GEORGE PEREZ and others

Cover by GEORGE PEREZ and DICK GIORDANO

240 pg, FC, $19.99 US

These tales from DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 and NEW TEEN TITANS

#1-8 introduced the super team sensation starring Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, Robin and more! Don’t miss their battles against Deathstroke, Dr. Light, Trigon and more, with an appearance by the Justice League of America!

After 30 years, it's kinda weird to see pants-less Robin again, isn't it?

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: SCOTT LOBDELL

Art: SCOTT KOLINS

Cover: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

Red Hood rides solo in the future as he reveals hints to how the Outlaws and his partners Starfire and Arsenal parted ways and how that lead to Jason Todd’s new mission of retribution and brutal justice.

I see they can't resist putting a bat in that logo, although the Bat-connection is pretty tenuous.

And I just realized something: You have a pseudo-Robin. A pseudo-Speedy. The most powerful member is female. Add a pseudo-Kid Flash, and you'd have the (pseudo-) lineup of the original Teen Titans #19-25!

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED: A CRISIS OF IMAGINATION #9

Written by JOSH ELDER

Art and cover by ADAM ARCHER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST • FINAL ISSUE

The end is here! With the Ultimate League of Ultimate Justice on the brink of defeat, can Maxwell scribble his way out of this one and save the universe? Or will the Anti-Monitor finish the story by erasing him once and for all? Find out in our final issue!

SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #2

Written by IVAN COHEN and JASON BISCHOFF

Art by MARCUS TO and DAVID WILLIAMS

Cover by GENE HA

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

Diana Prince’s heroics continue! Wonder Woman faces her greatest peril as the Gods’ gifts are withdrawn one by one. And since their first gift was life, how far will her unraveling go? Then, learn how Diana earned the twin bracelets that protect her from the bullets of Man’s World!

SUPERGIRL: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: ANTONY BEDARD

Art: EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

Cover: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

At last, Supergirl reconciles with her father, Cyborg Superman -- in the most horrific way possible!

I'm pretty sure Supergirl's father is Zor-El, even in the New 52. You really can't change that part, or Kal and Kara aren't cousins any more. 

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: TOM RANEY

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

The battle between the God of War and Nemesis can only spell doom for humanity – but can Kal restore Diana to her senses before it’s too late?

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1: POWER COUPLE (HC)

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by TONY S. DANIEL, MATT BANNING, PAULO SIQUIERA and SANDU FLOREA

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL

176 pg, FC, $24.99 US

Beginning a bold new series that looks at the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Amazon Princess, as writer Charles Soule (SWAMP THING) is joined by artist Tony S. Daniel (DETECTIVE COMICS) to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it – and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday! Collects Issues #1-6 of their new, blockbuster series.

I read this at a sitting, and it was technically very good, but one thing struck me: Kal and Diana don't ever seem to have any fun. They talk a lot -- a LOT -- about how to make this relationship work, but they never seem to take time to enjoy the relationship. Where's the giggling and silliness part? Where's the I-can't-keep-my-hands-off-you part? For heaven's sake, where's the laughter? I can't see a future for this relationship, because everybody's so darn serious that nobody's having any fun!

TEEN TITANS: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: WILL PFEIFER

Art: ANDY SMITH

Cover: KARL KERSCHL

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

With the Teen Titans dead, a new group of young heroes seek justice in the future DC Universe!

TOE TAGS FEATURING GEORGE ROMERO (TPB)

Written by GEORGE ROMERO

Art by TOMMY CASTILLO and RODNEY RAMOS

Cover by BERNIE WRIGHTSON

144 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS

The 6-issue horror miniseries by writer/director George Romero is collected at last! Overnight, the world has been turned upside down, and zombies rule the day! It’s up to a college professor named Hoffman, his assistant Damien Cross and his girlfriend to find out how and why the undead have taken over.

TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: FAY FAWKES

Art: ANDY SMITH

Cover: KARL KERSCHL

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

Pandora’s box has been reformed – but it can only be sealed from the inside! How can she make the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard the world against the deadly evils it holds?

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #9

Written by MIKE CAREY

Art by PETER GROSS

Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

The three immortals – Wilson, Rausch and Pullman – are moving toward their respective endgames. But when was the last time they were all in the same room together? Answer: half a century ago, in Oxford, England. And the reasons for what  they’re doing now can be found in what they said to each other back then ...

THE UNWRITTEN: TOMMY TAYLOR AND THE SHIP THAT SANK TWICE (TPB)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Art by PETER GROSS, KURT HUGGINS and ZELDA DEVON

Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU

160 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS

The original graphic novel is now in paperback! Twenty-five years ago Tom’s father, Wilson Taylor, devised his subversive literary masterpiece. Now the blueprint of how a father gave his son vast power in order to accomplish a greater scheme is revealed. Partly told through Wilson’s own journal entries, juxtaposed with Tommy’s swashbuckling deep sea adventures with his trusty companions Peter and Sue, the story is at once a prequel and a parallel story to the ongoing series.

“A taut thriller that slyly plays off the real-world mania for imaginary ones.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

WONDER WOMAN: FUTURE’S END #1

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art: RAGS MORALES

Cover: TOM RANEY

32 pg, FC • RATED T

3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US

2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

Her humanity lost forever, Wonder Woman embraces her true nature as the God of War to battle the armies of Nemesis!

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

THE BIONIC WOMAN: SEASON FOUR #1

Writer: BRAND JERWA

Art: DAVID T. CABRERA

Cover: SEAN CHEN

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

Continuing from the TV series comes The Bionic Woman: Season Four! Jaime Sommers -- THE BIONIC WOMAN -- has earned a classic series continuation of her own, just as Dynamite has recently done so successfully with Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six! Written by Brandon Jerwa, with interior art by David T. Cabrera, The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 features an eye-catching action-packed cover by Sean Chen and an Exclusive Photo incentive cover featuring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers! Look for The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 in stores and digitally this coming September!

In Bionic Woman: Season Four #1, Jaime is trying to balance the hope of a normal life with that of a government agent...but when you work for the O.S.I., even a routine mission to Mexico can prove to be far more dangerous than anyone expected!

"If you've never seen the show, or haven't read James Kuhoric's Six Million Dollar Man comic, you're still totally fine," says writer Brandon Jerwa. "Longtime fans won't be left out in the cold, though. The Bionic Woman: Season Four is a continuation of the classic TV series, so I'm definitely treating it as such in terms of continuity and thematic carry-through."

Even as a lad I didn't think Lindsay Wagner was a beauty. But evidently others did. Hands up, those who had a crush on Lindsay Wagner!

THE DEVILERS #3 (OF 7)

Writer: JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV

Art: MATT TRIANO

Cover: JOCK

Teen + / 32 pages / $2.99

From Joshua Hale Fialkov, the writer of Ultimate FF, comes The Devilers! The City of the Damned attacks as the Devilers fight their way to Lucifer’s castle in the center of hell, but what, or rather, WHO they find there is not what they expected at all. Plus, the origin of the Deviler that might save them all.

PURGATORI #1

Writer: AARON GILLESPIE

Art: JAVIER GARCIA MIRANDA

Covers: NEI RUFFINO, JOYCE CHIN, KYLE STRAHM, JOSE LUIS, TONY FLEECS

Subscription Variant: TIM SEELEY

Teen + /  32 pages / $3.99

Spinning out of Dynamite's best-selling Chaos! Universe, Purgatori flies like a bat out of hell -- a vampire bat that is -- into the pages of her own ongoing series! Join scribe Aaron Gillespie and artist Javier Garcia Miranda for Purgatori's fiery return to her own monthly title! Featuring covers by a vast array of comic book greats; Nei Ruffino, Joyce Chin, José Luís, Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley! Purgatori #1 explodes onto comic shop shelves and digital devices this September!

In Purgatori #1, trapped in hell, the bitch-queen learns that the Devil doesn't play games. Can she outwit Lucifer or will he make her regret the day she crossed him? The titillating tale begins right here!

"As a teenage metal head, I was instantly drawn to the first Chaos line," says writer Aaron Gillespie. "They were dangerous and alluring and I was sure that my mom would take them away if she ever found them. Just too many blood splatters and scantily clad ladies for her taste. But that just made me want them even more! Of all the characters, Purgatori was my hands-down favorite. So getting a chance to work on this new version has been a real dream come true. I'm having a blast updating the character and promise to keep the same balls to the wall, take no prisoners storytelling that made Chaos what it was. And if you're new to this crazy universe, I can promise it won't take you long to get hooked on the vampire goddess!"

"As we continue to grow the Chaos! Universe, we wanted to work with a writer who not only knew the Chaos! Characters as they had been, but also help us to evolve them and take them to the next level.  Aaron not only has a great understanding of the characters, but when he reviewed our bible for the universe, and where the Chaos! mini-series was going, he presented us with a pitch that showed that he "got it", and we couldn't be happier" States Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.

THE SHADOW: MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW #4 (OF 6)

Writer/Art/Cover: HOWARD CHAYKIN

FC, 32pgs (4 of 6) $3.99

The City of Light welcomes the Creature of the night as The Shadow haunts the rooftops of Paris … one step behind his quarry -- as the Doomsday clock clicks inexorably to Midnight …

SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM #5

Writer: FRANK J. BARBIERE

Art: JONATHAN LAU

Cover: JUAN DOE

Subscription Variant: JONATHAN LAU

FC, 32pgs $3.99

PART 1 OF A NEW STORY ARC! Okay, so 1) Erica’s got ALL the Solar powers. 2) Erica doesn’t know how to use the Solar powers. 3) Erica’s dad keeps bugging her about how to use the Solar powers. 4) Erica’s lost waaaaaay the hell out in space because of the Solar powers, and 5) Pretty much every alien ever wants to catch Erica and steal the Solar powers! Things are gonna blow up. Welcome to the most bat-s&%t insane lost-in-space story ever by Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts) and new artist Jonathan Lau (Codename: Action)!

IDW PUBLICATIONS

DOBERMAN #3

Writers: ROB ROSELL, SCOTT MARDER, JACK LAMBERT

Art: BRANDON McKINNEY

Cover: BERNARD CHANGE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

When uber-villain Jasper Kane throws a charity event for disadvantaged canines, one pretzel-chewing, lady-loving, ass-kicking dog is left off the guest list.  But that little "oversight" won't stop Frank "Doberman" Doberano when there is vengeance to be had ... or an open bar.

The writing team behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia offer this action-packed take on the buddy cop comedy.

GODZILLA: CATACLYSM #2 (of 5)

Writer: CULLEN BUNN

Art/Cover: DAVE WACHTER

Subscription Variant: BOB EGGLETON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

An angry Godzilla returns to do battle once again! With Biollante and Mothra awakening both fears and hopes in humanity, only Hiroshi has a glimpse at the terrible truth! Will his village survive the monsters terrible onslaught?

• From acclaimed writer Cullen Bunn! (The Sixth Gun, Venom)

• Amazing art from Russ Manning Award nominee Dave Wachter (Breath of Bones, Night of 1000 Wolves)!

That's a lot of big monsters!

JUDGE DREDD #23

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: NELSON DANIEL

Cover: KELSEY SHANNON

Subcription Variant: JEFFREY VEREGGE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

“Black Light District, part 2” -- Sector One is under the savage rule of the Dark Judges. The Council of Five has gone underground to survive. And the rest of Mega-City One has been taken over by Judge Cal, who sees this as the perfect opportunity to institute a few tiny changes to your average citizen’s liberty, safety and security. Only Judge Dredd and a barely-alive Cassandra Anderson are able to slip through the borders, leaving them the unenviable task of preventing hell on earth and the mad reign of a despot!

All-new four-part storyline! All new status quo for Mega-City One!

LITTLEST PET SHOP #5 (of 5)

Writers: GEORGIA BALL & Various

Art: NICANOR PENA & Various

Cover: NICANOR PENA

Subscription Variant: ANDY PRICE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Everyone’s favorite bunny joins the cast! Buttercream shows up at the Littlest Pet Shop and brings her usual brand of zaniness as she convinces the pets to go on-line and play the new hit game, Precious Village! Join the fun as we wrap up the first season of Littlest Pet Shop comics, this one promises to be better than LOL-Cats!

• Brand-new stories featuring characters from the hit television series and toy line!

• Written by Georgia Ball (Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony)!

THE MAXX: MAXXIMIZED #11

Writers: SAM KIETH, WILLIAM MESSNER-LOEBS

Art/Cover: SAM KIETH

Subscription Variant: SAM KIETH

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Julie grapples with how to tell Maxx she's contemplating leaving him while she tries to see things from Maxx's POV. Meanwhile, Gone tries, yet again, to reason with Maxx and force him to face the secrets of the Outback and why Maxx and Julie's relationship is based on things both would rather remain repressed … all this while Julie packs up a U-haul.

Featuring an all-new cover by Sam Kieth!

SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR! FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS #1

Writers: IVAN COHEN, LOUISE SIMONSON

Art: PAULINA GANUCHEAU, DEREK CHARM

Cover: BRITTNEY WILLIAMS

Subscription Variant: ETHEN BEAVERS

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The crossover event of the summer hits Foster's when a dimension-hopping robot sets out to challenge Bloo, Eduardo, and a host of other familiar Friends! Will they pass the test? Or does the fate of Foster's rest in the hands of the house's newest resident?

Plus, a two-page epilogue by Louise Simonson and Derek Charm, delving into the formation of the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY VILLAINS!!

• The third of five one-shots tying directly into the Super Secret Crisis War!

• Variant Cover by Lea Hernandez!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES IN TIME #4 (of 4)

Writer: PAUL ALLOR

Art: DAN DUNCAN

Cover: DAVID PETERSEN

Subscription Variant: DAN DUNCAN

FC • 32 pages • $3.99      

The Turtles’ time-travelling adventure comes to its epic conclusion in the not-too-distant future! The Turtles are shocked to discover a Manhattan greatly changed from the home they know. Surprising enemies and allies await them, in addition to grave decisions. Will they be able to make it back home AND save the future?

The conclusion to the craziest Turtles adventure yet!     

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #33: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

Writer: JAMES ROBERTS

Art/Cover: ALEX MILNE

Subscription Variant: NICK ROCHE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

REVELATIONS! The fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance as MEGATRON races to solve the dark riddle of Sector 113. As unseen forces move in for the kill and old friends reveal their true colors, the AUTOBOTS realize that everything -- everything -- is a lie. All this ... and an open briefcase.

• Secrets are revealed!

• Questions are answered!

• Lives are changed!

• 30th Anniversary Variant Cover by Sarah Stone!

TRANSFORMERS: PHASE ONE OMNIBUS

Writer: Simon Furman

Art: E.J. SU, NICK ROCHE, ROBBIE MUSSO

Cover: KLAUS SCHERWINSKI

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 404 pages • 6” x 9”

Phase One collects the first three arcs of IDW's Transformers continuity, Infiltration, Escalation and Devastation, written by longtime TF scribe Simon Furman with art by E.J. Su.

The original IDW TRANSFORMERS trilogy -- Infiltration, Escalation, and Devastation -- in one softcover collection!

THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 #16

Writer: JOE HARRIS

Art: COLIN LORIMER

Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Subscription Variant: Photo

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 

“Immaculate,” Part 1 of 2: An abortion clinic bombing leads Scully and Mulder to investigate a right-wing extremist group helmed by a teenage girl who claims to hear the voice of God in her head. But her actions are far from heavenly...

• Ask your retailer about the menton3 variant cover!

• Another horrific “Monster of the Month” issue!

IMAGE COMICS

ARTIFACTS #39

Story: RAVEN HEISENBERG

Art / Cover: GUSTAVO BROCANELLO

SEPTEMBER 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

2014 Talent Hunt winning team! The story of the very first Darkness bearer told by Jackie Esacado.

BLUE ESTATE: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (HC)

Story: VIKTOR KALVACHEV, KOSTA YANEV, & ANDREW OSBORNE

Art: VIKTOR KALVACHEV, TOBY CYPRESS, NATHAN FOX, ROBERT VALLEY, PETER NGUYEN, TOMM COKER, REV. DAVE JOHNSON, ANDREW ROBINSON, PAUL MAYBURY, MARLEY ZARCONE, ANDY KUHN, KIERAN, & ALEKSI BRICLOT

Cover: VIKTOR KALVACHEV

SEPTEMBER 10 / 288 PAGES / FC / M / $29.99

FINALLY AVAILABLE IN ONE DELUXE EDITION!

Catch the entire Eisner-nominated saga of a desperate starlet and a hapless private dick as they tangle with dueling crime families, a homicidal action hero -- and each other -- on the mean streets of L.A. in one deluxe, bonus-packed edition.

“A dark, funny slice of pulp fiction.” – USA Today

Collects BLUE ESTATE #1-12

CLONE #20

Story: DAVID SCHULNER, AARON GINSBURG, & WADE McINTYRE

Art / Cover: JUAN JOSE RYP & ANDY TROY

SEPTEMBER 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

“The national clone crisis is over. The threat has been eliminated.”

DEAD@17: THE BLASPHEMY THRONE #2 (of 7)

Story / Art / Cover: JOSH HOWARD

SEPTEMBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50

Nara meets an unexpected ally on board the spirit vessel Equinox. On Earth, Nara’s lifeless body is discovered, and a plan is put into motion.

DEADLY CLASS #7

Story: RICK REMENDER

Art / Cover: WES CRAIG & LEE LOUGHRIDGE

SEPTEMBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

CLASS IS BACK IN SESSION AS RICK REMENDER & WES CRAIG’S HIT SERIES ROLLS INTO ITS SECOND ARC!

"A bit like The Breakfast Club but with really, really dangerous kids” -- USA Today

Deadly Class is one kick ass comic book. Amazing art, lettering, coloring and story. This is the whole package, folks.” -- 9.4/10, IGN

Bestselling writer Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE, Uncanny Avengers) and artist Wes Craig return with an all-new story arc of the bestselling ‘80s assassin school series in DEADLY CLASS #7. Jump in on the series that USA Today described as “a bit like The Breakfast Club but with really, really dangerous kids” and that ComicVine called, “a crazy and intense series.”

DEADLY CLASS #7 begins in March of 1988, about four months after the harrowing events of issue #6, when the terrible ramifications of the crew’s actions come back to haunt them. After narrowly escaping death in Las Vegas, Marcus and his remaining gang return to Kings Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts. But they’re about to learn a hard lesson: blood begets blood, and no bad deed goes unpunished.

“At Kings Dominion the norms of high school life are exponentially magnified,” said Remender. “Sex, drugs, violence, fear, depression, exclusion and romance become a matter of life and death. The danger is ratcheted up and the body count is going to as well. Wes and Lee have already delivered the performance of their careers and the second arc is somehow better still." 

THE FIELD #4 (of 4)

Story: ED BRISSON

Art / Cover: SIMON ROY

JULY 16 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

The final issue! Secrets will be revealed! Lives will be destroyed!

GREAT PACIFIC #17

Story: JOE HARRIS

Art / Cover: MARTÍN MORAZZO

JUNE 25 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

“BIG GAME HUNTERS,” Part Three New Texas has been conquered and the unrelentingly cruel Baston plans one, final hunt in order to break the spirit of Chas Worthington’s supporters. It’s a race between hunter and prey across the Garbage Patch -- and the quarry is Chas himself!

MANIFEST DESTINY #10

Story: CHRIS DINGESS

Art / Cover: MATTHEW ROBERTS & OWEN GIENI

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

“Nothing cuts through the quiet of night like screams of panic and pain.”

Stranded on the river, Lewis & Clark’s crew discover their place in America’s food chain ... where man is no longer its greatest predator.

ODDLY NORMAL #1

Story / Art / Cover: OTIS FRAMPTON

SEPTEMBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / E / $2.99

ODDLY NORMAL is an all-ages fantasy adventure in the tradition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.

A little bit The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a splash of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series, ODDLY NORMAL is an all-new ongoing series written and illustrated by Otis Frampton (How It Should Have Ended, ABCDEFGeek) that will enchant readers of all ages. Image Comics is pleased to reveal early artwork from ODDLY NORMAL, which follows the adventures of a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears, green hair and an anything-but-ordinary life.

Oddly inherited her pointed ears and emerald hair color from her mother, who hails from a magical land called Fignation, and as you can imagine, this makes fitting in at a school full of mortals challenging to say the least.

On her tenth birthday, feeling misunderstood and alone, Oddly makes a disastrous wish over the candles of her birthday cake and her parents vanish from existence. Now, with the aid of her great aunt, Oddly must travel to Fignation to live under Auntie’s care while the elder witch works to uncover the mystery of their disappearance.

But when Oddly arrives in Fignation, she is enrolled in Menagerie Middle School, a learning institution filled with all manner of pint-sized monstrosities. “Now she is an outcast simply for being ordinary,” explained Frampton. “During her time in this new world, Oddly must contend with the trials and tribulations of being a normal ten year old, but they take unusual and sometimes dangerous forms; bullying by ravenous vampires and werewolves … rivalries with full-blooded witches and broom races through canyons filled with deadly creatures … crushes on one of the most popular boys in the school who just happens to be a member of a super-hero team from Oddly’s favorite comic book.”

For anyone who has ever felt like a little bit of an outsider, ODDLY NORMAL is a coming-of-age story that will enchant readers and inspire the imaginations of even the oldest children at heart.

“I'm absolutely thrilled that Oddly Normal will be published by Image Comics,” said Frampton. “It's a 20-year dream come true to have a creator-owned book at the company that made me want to make comics professionally. When I sent out submissions for this book, Image was my ‘never gonna happen, but I gotta take the shot’ company. I couldn't be happier with how that long-shot pitch turned out!”

Cartoonist Otis Frampton brings to life the world of ODDLY NORMAL.

Filled with steampunk-esque creatures, magical new alliances, floating dirigibles and a nefarious mystery, Oddly’s adventure is anything but normal. ODDLY NORMAL is a witty, world-building fantasy sophisticated enough to enchant adults and whimsical enough to inspire the imaginations of younger audiences.

"I'm looking forward to taking readers on a fun ride," said Frampton. "Fignation is the collective imagination of humanity and Oddly is going to be stuck there for a while. Monsters, magic, super-heroes, time-travel ... expect all of it in Oddly Normal."

ONE-HIT WONDER #4 (of 5)

Story: FABRICE SAPOLSKY

Art: STEPHEN THOMPSON

Cover: ARIEL OLIVETTI

MAY 28 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

THE F***ING MOST IMPORTANT COMIC BOOK ISSUE OF THE YEAR.

Hands down. Not kidding. Yeah. Just that. Word! Richie Reese's world has been turned upside-down and you'll finally know why. Truths. Schemes. Betrayals. Bullets. Burials. Plus ... the birth of the "Nine-tural Born Killers."

PETER PANZERFAUST, VOL. 4: THE HUNT (TPB)

Story: KURTIS J. WIEBE

Art / Cover: TYLER JENKINS

JUNE 11 / 136 PAGES / FC / T / $14.99

Collects PETER PANZERFAUST #16-20, soon to be a BBC TV Program!

In the aftermath of the assault on The Sticks, the team is fractured and Lily’s father is dead. Parsons returns to Lily to learn her side of the story for the first time. It is the story of one woman giving up everything to avenge her family. Tiger Lily will honor her father’s memory with one final hunt.

RED CITY #4

Story: DANIEL COREY

Art / Cover: MARK DOS SANTOS

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

The case comes to a close and Cal has to resort to extreme measures to save the city.

RISE OF THE MAGI #4

Story: MARC SILVESTRI

Art / Cover A: SUMEYYE KESGIN

Cover B: STJEPAN SEJIC

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50

Asa's uneasy alliance of magic wielding criminals is beginning to unravel and trust becomes harder and harder to come by as the line between reality and illusion blurs. Asa is determined to fight the good fight, but is he really fighting the war he sees? Back in his home world of Rune, magic has laws and codes of honor; on Earth no such guides exist. While fighting for his life, Asa learns the terrible lesson that when pitted against the overpowering strength of chaos, order has little or no chance of victory.SATELLITE SAM #10

Story: MATT FRACTION

Art / Cover: HOWARD CHAYKIN

JUNE 4 / 32 PAGES / BW / M+ / $3.50

The second arc of SATELLITE SAM comes to its thundering conclusion: everybody’s secrets get a little bit of daylight and all hell is set to break loose in front of, and behind, the cameras. Who killed Satellite Sam and why? What happened to Michael White during the war? And who can he trust to help him set things right?

Last month it kinda looked like one of the two chicks always canoodling on these covers had killed the other, but evidently not.

They still have no connection to the actual story, of course.

SAVAGE DRAGON #198

Story / Art / Cover: ERIK LARSEN

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Malcolm Dragon faces the Uncanny Ant-Menaces! The Ant Queen and her deadly Ant Men invade the surface world and one man stands in their way! A deadly new threat for the son of the Savage Dragon!

SHUTTER #6

Story: JOE KEATINGE

Art / Cover: LEILA DEL DUCA & OWEN GIENI

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Kate Kristopher makes a stand against sins past as the smash-hit series’ first arc reaches its bloody finale.

SHUTTER WILL RETURN IN DECEMBER.

STRAY BULLETS: KILLERS #7

Story / Art / Cover: DAVID LAPHAM

32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.50

What happens when when you find out you've been living in a prison your whole life and had no idea? What happens when everything you thought was good is really bad and everything you've been told is bad is really good? And what happens when you know if you make the right choice your life will become a nightmare beyond your imagination? Tonight Eli is going to find out. He's going to put his soul on the line and find out who he really is even if it kills him...or someone else. You've never read anything like these sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always desperate ... TALES FROM THE BOX.

SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #3

Story: WARREN ELLIS

Art / Cover: TULA LOTAY

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Ethan Crane is missing. Emergency procedures have been activated. Nothing makes sense. We are all in danger.

TREES #5

Story: WARREN ELLIS

Art / Cover: JASON HOWARD

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Luca has a plan for Eligia. It is not the plan she thinks it is. She is his knife now.

UNDERTOW, VOL. 1: BOATMAN'S CALL (TPB)

Story: STEVE ORLANDO

Art / Cover: ARTYOM TRAKHANOV

192 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99

The Atlantean dream is over. Atlantis’ once-shining society has deteriorated into dissolute plutocracy. The only escape, for some of its citizens who want freedom from its constricts, is in the unknown frontier on the surface of the ocean. In the graphic novel UNDERTOW by Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov, the rebel Redum Anshargal leads a crew of Atlantean defectors toward an uncertain future.

Joining Anshargal in VOLUME ONE: BOATMAN’S CALL, as he chases a rumor of the mysterious “Amphibian” who may be the key to living on land as well as in the ocean, is Ukinuu Alal, a young man from a wealthy family who chose to abandon a life a privilege for one of freedom.

For writer Orlando, the tension between the two men’s relationship with their homeland is the heart of the story. “Both have so much anger, but how do they react to it?” he said in an interview at Broken Frontier. “For Anshargal, it is detachment. He hates Atlantis, but simply wants to live away from it. Living well is the best revenge, that is. For Ukinnu, though, his is a younger anger, more petulant, and he wants to hurt Atlantis -- to get back at it, for grinding him through its social soul-crushing machine.”

Orlando’s partnership with Russian artist Trakhanov arises from a shared love of pulp and science fiction -- and, of course, comics. Trakhanov makes use of scratchy inks, vivid, clashing colors, and underwater visuals that can be murky but never muddled to create the world of UNDERTOW.

“Artyom’s influence is huge; much of the visuals and tone come from him,” said Orlando. “My design notes are almost always emotional rather than visual, noting how the creations should make other characters in the story or readers feel, the thoughts they should evoke, and then Artyom runs that through his artistic powers and creates something amazing.”

UNDERTOW VOLUME ONE: BOATMAN’S CALL collects UNDERTOW #1-6, and includes never-before-printed stories set in the UNDERTOW universe by Blair Butler (HEART) and TJ Kirsch (OUTLAW TERRITORY), Leila del Duca (SHUTTER) and Tony Gregori with colors by Mike Spicer (Sons of Anarchy), and Tyler Niccum (OUTLAW TERRITORY) and Yaroslav Astapeev.

In comic book stores September 17, in bookstores September 30

Praise for UNDERTOW:

“... an exceptionally contemporary piece of science fiction, thanks to the work of writer Steve Orlando, artist/colorist Artyom Trakhanov, and letterer/designer Thomas Mauer.” -- Oliver Sava, The A.V. Club

“The mix of spectacle, plot progression, character progression, and social commentary creates a perfect blend of everything that makes comics great. Well done.” -- Jean-Luc Botbyl, We the Nerdy

“... beautifully-executed and truly unique in concept.” -- Jen Aprahamian, Comic Vine

“[Undertow] is gorgeous, and the scripting and art work together seamlessly to give us a tour of Atlantean life, technology, and philosophy ...” -- Mike Logdson, IGN

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #4

Story: KIERON GILLEN

Art / Cover: JAMIE McKELVIE & MATT WILSON

SEPTEMBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

The mystery is solved. But does pop-god Lucifer like the answer? The answer is a word that rhymes with “Go”, “Blow” and “Pro”. If you think the answer rhymes with “Cow” I applaud you for your unconventional nature. It's good to experiment. We're experimenting with being Awesome for four issues in a row. JOIN US.

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #4 will feature a variant cover by She-Hulk artist Kevin Wada. This dark and striking interpretation of Baphomet and Badb will be available to order with Diamond Code JUL148049.

Picking up from where the previous issue’s cliffhanger left off, in THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #4 the mystery is solved. But can you guess if pop-god Lucifer likes the answer? Plus, there’s much more to Baal than meets the eye, dear reader. He has secrets you’ll want to know …

"We've been following Laura in her journey into the world of the Gods this arc,” said Gillen. “This takes her right to the heart of it. It's where we've been heading -- which immediately sets the stage for what's next. Which is issue 5, the end of the first story, which you have to imagine we have certain special things planned for. And you'd be correct."

MARVEL COMICS

ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #14

Writer: PETER DAVID

Art: POP MHAN

Cover by KRIS ANKA & JARED FLETCHER

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

• Quicksilver is reunited with his daughter, Luna ...

•  ... But THE INHUMANS are not too happy about it!

•  PLUS: could Warlock make a move on Danger?

Are they trying to make these covers unattractive? Maybe that hideous shade of orange was on sale.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #32

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art: MAHMUD ASRAR

Cover by SARA PICHELLI

32 PGS./Rated T / $3.99

Welcome to the All-New X-Men, Miles Morales – hope you survive the experience! Today, Marvel is proud to offer your first look at ALL-NEW X-MEN #32, from superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and new ongoing artist & Marvel All-New Young Gun Mahmud Asrar!

Dimension hopping has become a rite of passage for the X-Men and the All-New X-Men are no exception! Stranded and scattered across the Ultimate Universe, the All-New X-Men must find their way back to each other if they have any hope of finding their way back home!

Thankfully, they might get a little help from the one and only Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales! But some of the Ultimate Universe’s heaviest hitting villains might have a thing or two to say about that! Don’t miss the story that will have everyone talking when ALL-NEW X-MEN #32 swings into comic shops this September!

This cover is an homage to Uncanny X-Men #139 (right), a cover that is homaged a lot, even though I don't think it's a particularly good cover. I suppose it's historical nature is explanation enough.

AVENGERS #35

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art by JIM CHEUNG, DUSTIN WEAVER, NICK BRADSHAW & PACO MEDINA

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

Time Runs Out Variant by AGUSTIN ALESSIO

40 PGS./Rated T+/$4.99

Extra-sized issue!

IN 8 MONTHS …TIME RUNS OUT!

It all comes crashing down as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face judgment day -- and today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at the oversized AVENGERS #35! The star-studded creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Dustin Weaver, Nick Bradshaw and Paco Media fast-forward 8 months, to the battle-worn Marvel Universe of tomorrow -- and the bleak future facing our heroes. Peer into May 2015, heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe stand at the precipice, and utter decimation looms.

Incursions by parallel Earths from other dimensions have increased in number! To save both universes, one Earth must be destroyed each time! Until now the Illuminati have dealt with this problem in secret. But 8 months from now, the secret is out! The Avengers and the Illuminati are willing to go to war over what must be done – but how could this all have happened?

“In addition to setting the table for the astonishing climax of Jonathan Hickman’s run, we’ll also be providing a glimpse into the immediate future of many of our characters, and what changes await them over the next 8 months of publishing,” says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort in an interview with Marvel.com. “This isn’t some maybe-future, this is the real deal, what’s awaiting the Marvel Universe in the coming year.”

As this epic, oversized issue jumps forward into the future, what has become of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? With the war between the Avengers and the Illuminati at its peak, who will be left to fend off the Final Incursion? And what will happen if they fail? The clock is ticking and your questions will be answered this September in AVENGERS #35!             

AVENGERS VOL. 4: INFINITY (TPB)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Penciled by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

168 PGS./Rated T / $15.99

The battle for the Marvel Universe continues here! Deep in space, the Avengers join the intergalactic fight against cosmic invaders on a collision course with Earth. The Builders have already decimated the forces of the mighty Skrull Empire -- so what chance do even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes stand? And when betrayal strikes the Council of Worlds and the Avengers find themselves prisoners of war, one last desperate plan is hatched! Galactic empires fall and rise -- and as Earth is targeted, the Avengers race back to their own solar system. But will they be in time? Collecting AVENGERS (2012) #18-23.

AVENGERS WORLD #13

Writer: NICK SPENCER

Art: RAFFAELE IENCO

Cover by JORGE MOLINA

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

The UPRISING continues!

• The Gorgon and the Dragon Temple of The Hand attack China!

• The Avengers and The Ascendant answer the call.

DAREDEVIL #8

Writer: MARK WAID

Art/Cover: CHRIS SAMNEE

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• Matt Murdock takes on his first big case in his new hometown -- and the opposition is killer!

• Daredevil is faced with a menace he has no idea how to fight -- the Purple Children!

As I mentioned somewhere else, I'm guessing these kids are the product of Killgrave's rapes -- and if you've read Alias/The Pulse, you can extrapolate that there were a lot of them.

Dunno if that's the case here, but it would make sense.

DARK TOWER: DRAWING OF THREE -- PRISONER #2

Writers: PETER DAVID, ROBIN FURTH

Art: PIOTR KOWALSKI

Cover: JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

THE DARK TOWER SAGA BEGINS AGAIN ... ON EARTH!

32 PGS / Parental Guidance / $3.99

•  Meet Eddie Dean, a troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds. Can he survive family tragedy, haunting addiction, and the deadly forces that conspire to stop him from growing up to challenge the Man in Black?

•  If you thought the badlands of Mid-World were dangerous, just wait until you experience Brooklyn in the 1960s!

DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1

Writers: PAUL SCHEER & NICK GIOVANNETTI

Art: SALVA ESPIN

Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

40 PGS./Parental Advisory / $4.99

Have you ever wanted to see the Merc With a Mouth throw down with a team of cybernetic, anthropomorphic animals? Well you’ve come to the right place because the gone (and also forgotten) '90s team of Brute Force makes their triumphant return to the Marvel fold in September’s DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1!

Written by Paul Scheer (star of The League & NTSF:SD:SUV)  & Nick Giovannetti (Aliens vs. Parker) with art by Salva Espin (Deadpool vs. Carnage) -- Deadpool is going to come face-to-snout with the some of the toughest and most absurd enemies he’s ever faced!

When the Merc With a Mouth is hired by WaterWorld to protect their theme park from environmental activists, he had no idea that meant a heavily armed team of armored-up talking animals! A mechanized kangaroo with a machine gun is just the beginning! 

Do I need to mention that the second cover up there is an homage to Marvel Comics #1 (right)?

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (Of 5)

Written by JASON LATOUR

Art & Cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

VARIANT COVER BY Greg Land

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

GWEN STACY: SPIDER-WOMAN!

As spider-powered heroes from across all universes unite to battle back the threat of Morlun, meet a young girl from Midtown High who learned that with great power, comes great responsibility. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at September’s EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2, from critically acclaimed writer Jason Latour and rising-star artist Robbi Rodriguez! She’s smart, she’s tough, she’s charming and she can lift a car -- she’s Gwen Stacy! Patrolling the New York City of her universe, she keeps the streets safe as the vigilante known as Spider-Woman! Just don’t tell her father, NYPD Police Chief George Stacy!

“This story sees Gwen at a real crossroads of her life,” says writer Jason Latour, in an interview with Marvel.com. “Spider-Woman is wanted for a crime she didn’t commit. So where as her life in costume before was a lot of adventuring and fun, she’s now being forced to decide what it means to her.”

As the growing threat of Spider-Verse looms on the not-so-distant-horizon, meet one of its breakout stars early as Gwen Stacy swings headlong into the biggest Spider-Man event of all time. Don’t miss one moment of the action as Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman makes her bombastic debut in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2!

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

For more on Spider-Verse, visit Marvel.com and join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse.

I'm not usually in favor of distaff spin-offs, but this is a great idea! As someone on this site has pointed out, what Gwen Stacy is most famous for is dying. This will give us a different framing of the character, and also might -- if we're lucky -- make us forget "Sins Past"!

ELEKTRA #6

Writer: HADEN BLACKMAN

Art/Cover: MICHAEL DEL MUNDO

32 PGS./Rated T+ / $3.99

• The second arc of the critically-acclaimed ongoing Elektra series pits Elektra against an enraged Assassin’s Guild.

• After her life-and-death battles with Cape Crow, Bloody Lips, Lady Bullseye and Scalphunter, Elektra vows to take the fight to the Guild itself.

• It’s Elektra vs. the World as she begins hunting down the Guild’s agents before they can find her and her allies.

Is that an homage to something specific, or just a generic post-performance bow?

FIGMENT #3 (2ND PTG)

Writer: JIM ZUB

Art: FILIPE ANDRADE

Cover: JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

32 PGS / $3.99

REVEALING THE ORIGINS OF ONE OF DISNEY'S MOST IMAGINATIVE CHARACTERS!

• An all-new steampunk fantasy story exploring the never-before-revealed first adventure of the inventor known as Dreamfinder and his famous dragon Figment!

• Our daring duo explores the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike...while back on Earth, a clockwork army assembles under the command of the frightening force known only as The Singular!

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

• With a variant cover by John Tyler Christopher!

HULK #6

Writer: GERRY DUGGAN

Art: MARK BAGLEY

Cover by GARY FRANK

Variant Cover by LUKE ROSS

32 PGS./Rated T / $3.99

THE OMEGA HULK!!!

• The surprising new direction continues after ORIGINAL SIN

• Can RICK JONES survive “DOC GREEN’S” Gamma cure?

• A secret behind the “antidote” revealed!

HULK ANNUAL #1

Writer: MONTE NERO

Art: LUKE ROSS AND MORE

COVER by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO

40 PGS./Rated T / $4.99

• Someone close to HULK dies

• What impact will this have on one of the most dangerous super beings on the planet?

• And how does a ghost from the past threaten to haunt the world of the Hulk forever?

Either that's a really small flower, or a really big hand!

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK VOL. 3: S.M.A.S.H. TIME (TPB)

Written by MARK WAID

Penciled by MATTEO SCALERA & KIM JACINTO

Cover by MUKESH SINGH

136 PGS./Rated T/$15.99

Can history survive the Hulk? Spinning out of the events of Age of Ultron, Hulk goes on his most dangerous mission yet when a secret time-traveling subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. enlists him to save the space-time continuum! The timestream cracks under the pressure of unusual fluctuations and only the Hulk possesses the strength to hold it together — but without the superlative mind of his counterpart Bruce Banner to navigate the twists and turns of time travel, the green goliath will be lost to history! Can the two sides of the Hulk make peace long enough to survive harrowing battles with dinosaurs, cowboys and the knights of Camelot? And when he faces his own gamma-irradiated origin, will the Hulk make the ultimate sacrifice and erase himself from history in order to stop the time-traveling terrorist Chronarchists? Collecting INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #11-15.

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #5

Writer:: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: DAVE MARQUEZ

32 PGS./Rated T+ / $3.99

REVIVAL!

• One of the most defining stories in the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE explodes in a way no one saw coming!

• Only one of the two ULTIMATE SPIDER-MANS shall rise!

NOVA #21

Writer: GERRY DUGGAN

Art: DAVID BALDEON

Cover by JG JONES

32 PGS./Rated T / $3.99

• Spinning right out of the events of ORIGINAL SIN, Sam has new information about his dad -- both newly revealed and troubling secrets and his whereabouts!

• It’s up to Sam to find his former-Nova father halfway across the universe and either give him salvation or justice!

ORIGINAL SIN #5.5

Writers: JASON AARON, AL EWING

Art: SIMONE BIANCHI, LEE GARBETT

Cover: SIMONE BIANCHI

32 PGS./Rated T+  / $3.99

THOR: THE TENTH REALM

•  Thanks to the events of ORIGINAL SIN, the deepest secret of the Nine Realms is revealed ... a Tenth Realm!

•  Thor and Loki embark on a quest to discover this strange new world -- and the sister Thor never knew he had ... Angela!

•  But can Loki be trusted? And will brother and sister murder each other before the truth comes out?

I feel like I've seen this cover a few times already. Have I?

ROCKET RACCOON #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer/Art/Cover: SKOTTIE YOUNG

32 PGS./Rated T+  / $3.99

• FRAMED. The most notorious Raccoon in the galaxy has been arrested and falsely accused of murder!

•   The real killer? An imposter procyon that seems to be one step ahead of Rocket at every turn.

•   Now, it's up to Rocket and a certain someone from Planet X to find the truth!

SAVAGE HULK #4

Writer: ALAN DAVIS

Art/Cover: ALAN DAVIS

Variant by DALE KEOWN

32 PGS./Rated T+  / $3.99

• The Hulk is trapped and you won’t believe where!

• What are the Leader’s plans for Bruce Banner?

• The X-Men are under lock and key!

• All this in more in the THRILLING conclusion to Alan Davis’s startling Savage Hulk story!

First there was Hulk. Then She-Hulk. Then Red Hulk. Now there's Hector Hammond Hulk!

SUB-MARINER & THE ORIGINAL HUMAN TORCH (TPB)

Written by ROY THOMAS & DANN THOMAS

Penciled by RICH BUCKLER

Cover by RICH BUCKLER

392 PGS./Rated T/$39.99

Namor the Sub-Mariner, Avenging Son of Atlantis. Jim Hammond, the original android Human Torch. Two icons whose rivalry dates all the way back to the dawn of Marvel Comics. Now, learn the full story of two legendary adversaries who would one day become allies, even friends. From enemy of mankind to wartime savior -- from Fantastic Four foe to staunch Invader, Defender and Avenger -- Namor is a man of contrasts. Relive the life and times of Marvel’s mightiest mutant as only he could see it. Imperius Rex! Meanwhile, a recently revived Torch looks back to his own uncanny creation. Meet his sizzling sidekick, Toro; learn his incredible part in Hitler’s downfall; and discover why the flame of Marvel’s first hero was doused for so long! Collecting SAGA OF THE SUB-MARINER #1-12 and SAGA OF THE ORIGINAL HUMAN TORCH #1-4.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #33

Writers: CHRISTOS N. GAGE & DAN SLOTT

Art/Cover: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

Variant cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO

48 PGS./Rated T / $4.99

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE

• The Superior Spider-Man takes the fight to Karn, the man working his way through the multiverse, leaving a trail of dead spiders in his wake, but finds himself hopefully over-powered.

• Can Sup’ Spidey find enough allies to make a dent in Karn?

I think they mean hopelessly overpowered above.

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25

Written by JASON AARON

Art by ESAD RIBIC, SIMON BISLEY and RM GUERA

Cover by ESAD RIBIC

Variant by MILO MANARA

Young Thor Variant by SIMON BISLEY

King Thor Variant by RM GUERA

40 PGS / Rated T+ / $4.99

• Redefining the word “epic,” it’s the god-sized 25th issue of THOR: GOD OF THUNDER featuring an amazing artistic line-up!

• Young Thor vs. Frost Giants!

• The untold origin of Malekith the Accursed!

• King Thor’s granddaughters uncover a startling secret chapter from the history of the Thunder God!

• Thor deals with the shocking fall-out from ORIGINAL SIN!

On a bellow of thunder and the crack of lightning comes the Thunder God, one last time! Marvel is proud to present your first look at THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25, the oversized final issue from New York Times Bestselling writer Jason Aaron as he assembles a bevy of the industry’s greatest artists for a titanic tale that should not be missed! Witness new stories of the Thor from each era as well as the untold origin of one of the God of Thunder’s greatest foes! Plus, before THOR #1 hits in October, be there when the new Thor makes her thunderous first appearance inside this epic, oversized issue!

First, it’s Young Thor vs. the Frost Giants as Jason Aaron and artist Simon Bisley (2000 AD) tell you a tale the brash, youthful God of Thunder as he wields his enchanted battle axe Jarnbjorn against the worst Jotunheim has to offer! Then, Aaron re-teams with his artistic collaborator from Scalped, R.M. Guera, to bring you the blood-soaked origins of one of the God of Thunder’s most maniacal villains -- Malekith the Accursed! Witness the untold origin of the ruler of the Dark Elves as he cuts a bloody swath across the Ten Realms in his rise to power and prominence!

Finally, as the Thor of today deals with the startling fallout of Original Sin, fast forward to the future as Aaron and blockbuster Thor: God of Thunder artist Esad Ribic bring you a new tale of King Thor and the Girls of Thunder. Deep in the halls of Asgard, Thor’s granddaughters have uncovered a startling secret chapter of Thor’s past. A secret long since buried. Who is the new God of Thunder and why was her existence kept secret?

Be there when one chapter in the God of Thunder’s life reaches its end … and another begins. No fan can afford to miss out on the epic, oversized THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25 when it thunders its way into comic shops and onto digital devices this September!

I really have enjoyed this run of Thor, possibly more than any other run. It's at least in the top three, along with Lee/Kirby at their peak and Simonson. I'm sorta sorry to see it go, except that what follows is so odd it -- the female Thor -- is so peculiar it might be just as interesting!

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS VOL. 5 (TPB)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ

136 PGS./Rated T+/$17.99

Spider-Man no more?

In addition to the proportionate strength of a spider, Miles Morales can climb walls, turn invisible and fire venom blasts. He’s even got a new set of web-shooters used by Peter Parker himself.

But none of it prevented his mother’s death, or spared his father from a life-changing injury in a brutal fight against Venom. Miles is convinced he caused the tragedy -- so in an emotion-filled decision, he has put away the costume, swearing never to fight as Spider-Man again.

But two new super-powered teenagers, Cloak and Dagger, have emerged. And when the Taskmaster breaks up their fight with the juvenile delinquent Bombshell, innocent lives are at stake!

It’s a job for someone with great power and great responsibility, but Miles Morales is Spider-Man no more! Collecting ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #23-28.

The above is an homage, of course, to the last page of Amazing Spider-Man #50 (right).

UNCANNY AVENGERS #24

Writer: RICK REMENDER

Art: SALVADOR LARROCA

Cover by PAUL RENAUD

32 PGS./Rated T / $3.99

The MARCH to AXIS continues!

• Havok and his team defeated at the hands of the sinister S-Men!

• A dark secret in Genosha!

• The Red Skull’s revenge is now unstoppable.

There’s a storm brewing in Genosha. A dark secret that is about to be revealed as the thrilling lead-up to Avengers & X-Men: AXIS continues in UNCANNY AVENGERS #24!

What is happening behind the closed doors of the once proud mutant haven? Be there when blockbuster creators Rick Remender and Salvador Larroca expose the dark secrets of the Red Skull’s plot. Defeated and captured by the sinister S-Men, Havok, Rogue and the Scarlet Witch must escape the Red Skull’s re-education camps before it’s too late. Ever since he first stole the brain of Charles Xavier, it’s all been building to this – and now, the Red Skull’s revenge is complete.

Even if the members of the Avengers Unity Squad can escape, it may be too late to save their mutant brethren. Brace yourself for the epic fall comics event as the ‘March to AXIS’ continues this September in UNCANNY AVENGERS #24!

The Scarlet WItch has rarely worn an outfit practical for combat, but the one above isn't appropriate for anything except a dinner party! Doesn't she own any slacks or practical shoes?

UNCANNY AVENGERS VOL. 3: RAGNAROK NOW (TPB)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Penciled by SALVADOR LARROCA, DANIEL ACUNA & STEVE MCNIVEN

Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

136 PGS./Rated T/$19.99

It’s the dark origin of the Apocalypse Twins as Kang’s true motives are revealed! When an Avenger falls, it’s only the first casualty of many! As the Wasp faces the Grim Reaper, the Scarlet Witch confesses her true love and makes an impossible choice. And Sunfire and Rogue must defeat the Apocalypse Twins alone -- or watch the end of our world! Wolverine fails mankind, more Avengers die, villains take their revenge, and the Unity Squad is left shattered. The fate of humanity rests in Thor’s hands, but can even the God of Thunder defeat the combined might of two Apocalypses? Bring on the bad guys, because Ragnarok is now! Collecting UNCANNY AVENGERS #12-17.

UNCANNY X-MEN #26

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: CHRIS BACHALO

32 PGS./Rated T+ / $3.99

• Scott Summers has swiftly become one of the world’s most wanted men.

• With one simple act, he destroyed the life he knew and must now remain constantly vigilant in case of attack.

• But is the greatest threat to his safety lurking within the dark recesses of his own mind?

UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 4: VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. (PREMIERE HC)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by CHRIS BACHALO & KRIS ANKA

Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

136 PGS./Rated T+/$24.99

After relentless persecution and a near-fatal Sentinel attack, the Uncanny X-Men and their mutant revolution take the offensive! Their target? The international spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D.! But as the members of Cyclops’ team fights to save their species, are they only digging themselves into a deeper and more dangerous hole? Who is the mysterious figure building S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Sentinels? What happened to Dazzler after Mystique replaced her? And is S.H.I.E.L.D. really responsible for the attacks? Then, it’s an ORIGINAL SIN tie-in as Charles Xavier’s last will and testament is discovered, but what’s concealed within its pages might be the X-Men’s ultimate undoing! Could a previously unknown power now be their greatest threat? How will the Uncanny X-Men cope with the shadows of Xavier’s past? Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (2013) #19-24.

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #9

Writer: JASON LATOUR

Art: Robbi Rodriguez

Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

32 PGS./Rated T+ / $3.99

• Happy Birthday, Quentin Quire!

• Party crasher Wolverine gets more than he bargained for when he realizes who Quentin’s bouncers are.

X-MEN: THE ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS & PHOENIX (TPB)

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, JEPH LOEB, JOHN FRANCIS MOORE & TOM DEFALCO

Penciled by GENE HA, PASCAL ALIXE, KYLE HOTZ & MORE

Cover by GENE HA

352 PGS./Rated T/$34.99

Join Cyclops and Phoenix on the wildest honeymoon of all time, and learn how young Nathan Summers became the man called Cable! When the newlyweds are pulled 2,000 years into the future, they must raise Cyclops’ son in the shadow of Apocalypse. Can this post-nuclear family overthrow the ancient tyrant and his sadistic protégé, the boy called Stryfe, before Cyclops and Phoenix return to the present? In the aftermath, Nathan meets the mysterious Blaquesmith, falls for the lovely Aliya and seeks out the hidden Askani order — but why are they hailing him as their chosen one? Learn the Askani’s secret origin and their strange connection to Rachel Summers — another time-torn mutant, and Nathan’s long-lost sister! Collecting ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS & PHOENIX #1-4, ASKANI’SON #1-4, X-MEN: PHOENIX #1-3, X-MEN: BOOKS OF ASKANI and material from MARVEL VALENTINE SPECIAL.

VALIANT COMICS

ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #3 (of 3)

Written by JOE HARRIS

Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE

Cover by PHILIP TAN

Variant Cover by RILEY ROSSMO

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.

ALIENS VS … BLOODSHOT!

M.E.R.O. headquarters has been evacuated, and Bloodshot is the only thing left standing between the alien prisoner called Malgam and the outside world. Battle-worn and brutalized, can Bloodshot survive one final confrontation with an extraterrestrial foe augmented by the unholy power of the X-O Manowar armor? If you thought the first two chapters were hardcore, stay out of the splash zone because the Armor Hunters just picked the wrong soldier to fuss with!

THE DELINQUENTS #2 (of 4)

Written by JAMES ASMUS & FRED VAN LENTE

Art by KANO

Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

Kung Fu Variant by SHAWN CRYSTAL

Board Game Variant by JUAN DOE

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.

Well ... that escalated quickly.

Quantum and Woody and Archer & Armstrong are riding the rails looking for the lost treasure of the Hobo King. Each armed with one half of a mysterious map, these two tandems have unwittingly been pitted against each other in a four-way free-for-all ... but can either team get along long enough to achieve their mission? The world’s worst crossover joyride is about to enter uncharted territory!

QUANTUM AND WOODY VOL. 3: CROOKED PASTS, PRESENT TENSE (TPB)

Written by JAMES ASMUS

Art by TOM FOWLER, KANO, WILFREDO TORRES, ERICA HENDERSON, and JOSEPH COOPER

Cover by TOM FOWLER

$14.99 | T+ | 128 pgs. |

There’s a new scourge sweeping the streets of the big city – ROBO-CRIME!

Eric needs to know he can trust Woody -- and that means Woody needs to get a job, open a bank account, sign up for a library card, and do all the things a responsible adult does. But when a new gang of rogue mad-scientist super-criminals launch a wave of robot-enabled mega-crimes, will Woody stop them…or join them? Plus: the return of Edison’s Radical Acquisitions and the thrilling secret origin of … the one and only Goat!

Collecting QUANTUM AND WOODY #9-12 and QUANTUM AND WOODY: THE GOAT #0, the world’s worst superhero team unleashes a volatile new batch of high-stakes hijinks right here with an all-new collection of adventures from award-winning writer James Asmus (Thief of Thieves) and acclaimed artists Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One), Kano (Gotham Central), Wilfredo Torres (The Shadow: Year One), and Erica Henderson (Subatomic Party Girls)!

“9.8 … Beautiful, ridiculous, heartbreaking and about a goat. What else could we want from a comic?” -- Multiversity Comics

UNITY #11

Written by MATT KINDT

Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

Cover by RAUL ALLEN

Variant Cover by CAFU

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.

Last hope. Last stand.

In the wake of Livewire’s stunning sacrifice, how will X-O Manowar, Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior comes to terms? With a punishing revenge mission led by Bloodshot, that’s how! If it bleeds, they can kill it…and the leaner, meaner Unity team just became a living, breathing box of armor-piercing rounds. The Armor Hunters put Earth in their bullseye. … Now, the bullseye bites back!

OTHER PUBLISHERS

ALL NEW FATHOM #8

Publisher: ASPEN MLT INC

Writer: DAVID WOHL

Art/Cover: ALEX KONAT

Colors: BETH SOTELO

A new direction in the FATHOM Universe reaches its finale!

As Vana's plan nears its apocalyptic fruition, the temperature of the Earth's oceans are plummeting and wreaking havoc with the ecological balance of the world. Nations are in turmoil, and their military might's are helpless to stop it. Amidst this cataclysmic backdrop, only Aspen Matthews understands what must be done to return the world from the brink of certain doom, but in order to accomplish her goal, she must team up with Chance and KIllian in order to battle with the most powerful being on the planet-- Killian's daughter, Anika!

Writer David Wohl, artist Alex Konat and colorist Beth Sotelo team up once again to bring you the latest adventures of Michael Turner's most beloved creation!

$3.99

ASTERIX OMNIBUS VOL 8 (SC)

Publisher: ORION

Writer: RENE GOSCINNY

Art/Cover: ALBERT UDERZO

Asterix fans can now enjoy books 22 through 24 together in one paperback! A storm blows our historical hero way off course in Asterix and the Great Crossing. Caesar sends Caius Preposterus, graduate of the Latin School of Economics, to corrupt the indomitable Gauls in Obelix and Co. And the Gauls compete with the Belgian tribes to determine who is the bravest in Asterix in Belgium.   

$19.95

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #2 (2ND PTG)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art: NATASHA ALLEGRI

Cover: BUNTOO

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

$3.99

BOKURANO OURS VOL 11 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: MOHIRO KITOH

Final Volume!

Rule 1

Zearth's battles follow an ironclad rule. If Zearth loses the battle, or if 48 hours pass without victory, Earth will be destroyed, along with humankind and every other living thing on the planet.

Rule 2

Zearth's opponents are Earthlings of a parallel world. Victory is achieved by killing the enemy pilot. If Zearth's pilot is killed, Zearth loses the battle.

Rule 3

Pilots are contracted in advance. One pilot is selected for each battle. Only the selected pilot commands Zearth. The pilot cannot transfer control.

Rule 4

If the pilot dies of natural causes or is killed by a fellow Earthling, another contracted pilot will be chosen to assume command.

Rule 5

After the battle's end, the deceased pilot's body is sent home. However, at the pilot's request, the body may be stored within Zearth, or made to simply vanish.

$12.99

CALIBAN #6

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: GARTH ENNIS

Art/Cover: FACUNDO PERCIO

The penultimate issue of the best new horror sci-fi series of 2014 is here!  GARTH ENNIS turns the silent and stale corridors of space into a walking nightmare for the few remaining crewmen of the Caliban mining starship.  As creeping death rounds every corner, the truth of Karien's rampage begins to unfold.  But it's too late for salvation as the horror of the unknown becomes a miserable companion to those that cling to life on the doomed freighter. No one is safe in dead space.   Available with Regular, Wraparound, Terror and Design Sketch Incentive covers by Facundo Percio and an ultra-limited Dark Matter edition of just 1500 copies.

Mautre/$9.99

CHARLES BURNS SUGAR SKULL (GN)

Publisher: PANTHEON BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: CHARLES BURNS

It's here: The concluding volume in the epic trilogy that began with X'ed Out and continued in The Hive, marking the completion of a true graphic novel milestone.

Charles Burns delivers brilliantly on all the mysterious secrets and horrific clues he set up in the first two volumes.

The long strange trip of Doug reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end, but not before he is forced to deal with the lie he's been telling himself since the beginning. The fragments of the past collide with the reality of the present, nightmarish dreams evolve into an even more dreadful reality, and when you finally find out where all of this has been going, and what it means ... well. It will make you go right back to page one of X'ed Out and read it all again with new eyes. Just like Doug.

$23.00

CROSSED BADLANDS #61

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: JUSTIN JORDAN

Art: GEORGES DUARTE

Cover: CHRISTIAN ZANIER

Final Fantasy Cover: MATT MARTIN

Wrap Cover: GABRIEL ANDRADE

Torture Cover: IGNACIO CALERO

JUSTIN JORDAN's violent and miserable romp through the Crossed universe comes to a grueling conclusion in this powerful issue!  Trust is a difficult thing in a world where violation is around every corner.  But placing your trust in the wrong uninfected can lead to as miserable a death as one from the hands of the Crossed. Available with Regular and Red Crossed covers by Christian Zanier, Torture cover by Ignacio Calero, Wraparound cover by Gabriel Andrade and Fatale Fantasy cover by Matt Martin.

Mature/$3.99

DC SUPER HEROES MY FIRST DICTIONARY (HC)

Publisher: POCKET BOOKS

A combination of the 500 most popular words for pre-schoolers along with essential DC super hero names and terms, this unique visual dictionary makes it fun for kids to build their vocabulary and early and pre-reading skills. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash - and other fan favorites - are fabulous guides to first words and the DC universe. The classic comic book art rounds out this entertaining, educational, great-looking package. Each entry includes an illustration, and an example of the word used in a sentence.

$15.99

Get 'em while they're young!

DURHAM RED BITCH (GN)    

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer: JOHN WAGNER

Art/Cover: CARLOS EZQUERRA

In the far future Strontium-90 fallout has created a race of mutants, outcasts from society, despised by the "norms" and given only the dirtiest job -- bounty hunting. Johnny Alpha is one such mutant, working for the Search/Destroy Agency, hunting down the criminals for the Galactic Crime Commission. When former US president Ronald Reagan is taken prisoner by a group of alien freedom fighters, Johnny reluctantly teams up with the bloodsucking femme fatale, Durham Red, to get him back. With ten million creds on the line, this job will be more difficult than most and Johnny Alpha will have to keep his x-ray eyes peeled on friend and enemy alike if he is to complete the job in one piece!

$17.99

GENSHIKEN SECOND SEASON VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: KIO SHIMOKU

Welcome to the world of the Genshiken, home of the true otaku, the Japanese term for ubergeek. This is the story of a group of friends who are all members of the most hardcore anime and manga fan club in all of Tokyo -- and the boys and girls who love them.

$10.99

GEORGE PEREZ SIRENS #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art: GEORGE PEREZ

Cover: GEORGE PEREZ, CAMERON STEWART

eWHY WE LOVE IT: The name George Pérez should say it all, but we are beyond excited to work with one of comics' living masters on his own original title. He's worked on great female characters like Wonder Woman and Scarlet Witch, but this, a team of female heroes of his own creation, had us swooning.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: It's a sci-fi adventure story that spans time and space, featuring a team of female heroes that kick butt across the universe. If you like strong female scifi characters like Battlestar Galactica's Starbuck, Star Wars' Princess Leia and Alien's Ripley, you'll find a lot to love about GEORGE PÉREZ'S SIRENS!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy -- but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don't even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as ... villains? A six-issue miniseries featuring your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez (Wonder Woman, JLA Vs. Avengers) begins his greatest story yet.

$3.99

If you're a George Perez fan, this must be nirvana.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: DIFFERENT SEASONS VOL 4 (TPB)

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writers: PATRICK SHAND & Various

Art: Various

Zenescope's  Grimm Fairy Tales series is one of the longest running and most popular indie comics on shelves today. This 4th Volume "Different Seasons" Trade Paperback collects some of the GFT series most popular seasonal one-shots that have been published over the past few years.

Included in this Edition are: GFT Wounded Warriors Special Edition, GFT Robyn Hood vs. Red Riding Hood, Grimm Fairy Tales 2012 Halloween Edition, Grimm Fairy Tales 2012 Holiday Edition.

$15.99

I'll bet he goes through shirts faster than Doc Savage!

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: ROBYN HOOD LEGEND VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: PATRICK SHAND

Art/Cover: LARRY WATTS

Everyone's favorite female archer is back in this brand new miniseries! Robyn thought she lost everything, but when the villainous Guy of Gisbourne makes his way to Earth, Robyn is faced with a choice. Return to Myst to save the people of Nottingham once and for all, or live life as a normal person. The final volume of the fan favorite Robyn Hood trilogy begins now!

$15.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: TALES OF TERROR #3

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: MEREDITH FINCH

Cover A: JOHNSON

Cover B: ERIC J

Cover C: PESSANHA

Inspired by Tales From the Crypt, Twilight Zone, and Creep Show, Zenescope goes back to its roots of horror as the publisher known for re-inventing classics delves into an entirely new bag of tricks.

When a college undergrad decides to stay in and study, she will find that another seemingly inconsequential decision she makes will have a lasting effect on her.

Mature/$2.99

Cover B uses the trade dress of some EC titles, but I don't know if it's an homage of a specific cover.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES VS WONDERLAND #3

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: TROY BROWNFIELD

Cover A: LEISTER

Cover B: MYCHAELS

Cover C: ANDOLFO

The epic battle continues as Sela and Calie team up to stop the impossible. Grimm clashes with Wonderland and two of Zenescope's most popular heroes team up this action-packed mini-series that no Zenescope fan should miss!

Mature/$2.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: WONDERLAND #27

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: ERICA J. HEFLIN

Art: VINCENZO RICCARDI

Cover A: DAXIONG

Cover B: PASQUALE QUALANO

Cover C: MIKE KROME

Wonderland has been remade as a land of peace under the reign of the White Queen, Calie Liddle... but at its brightest, the sun casts the darkest shadows. A forgotten evil of Wonderland emerges and begins leaking through the barrier between Earth and Wonderland, and it is up to Calie, Cheshire and the White Rabbit to stop it before Wonderland falls again ... and, this time, dragging Earth with it.

Mature/$3.99

Never allow a man with no face into your bedroom! That always turns out badly!

GOD IS DEAD #20

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: MIKE COSTA

Art: JUAN FRIGERI

Cover: JACEN BURROWS

End of Days Variant: JACEN BURROWS

Carnage Warp Variant: GERMAN NOBILE

Iconic Variant: JACEN BURROWS

Is there anything left for the world to endure at the hands of the destructive returned gods?  Mankind has fought back and even killed gods but in the end, what chance do mere mortals have in the face of the divine?  Death will gorge upon the souls being reaped beneath the vengeful scythe of gods spurned.  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

GRAVEL VOL 4: COMBAT MAGICIAN (TPB)

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: MIKE WOLFER

Art/Cover: GABRIEL REARTE

WARREN ELLIS' hardened combat magician, William Gravel returns with a violent new adventure taking him into the heart of Japan to face a rogue magic wielding assassin.  Written by long-time Ellis collaborator, MIKE WOLFER, this tale returns the hard as nails Gravel to action against supernatural forces that threaten to reveal the very existence of the Combat Magicians and leaves a wide trail of victims in its wake.  This volume includes a special introduction chapter to the world of Gravel for new readers and brings one of comics longest running independent characters back to the bloody violence filled world he pioneered.  Artist Gabriel Rearte vibrantly creates the ultra-violent combat magic-fueled assassin's domain with horrors that are right out of your worst nightmares.  Gravel Vol 04 Combat Magician collects issues #0 - 4 of the comic book series.

Mature/$19.99

Grave would be a cool name for a combat magician. Or Graven. But Gravel? That's like concrete that lost a fight!

HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: CHRISTOPHER A. TAYLOR& Various

Art: JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER & Various

Cover: CONOR NOLAN

The journey into the Bestiary continues! In this issue, Christopher Taylor and Jason Shawn Alexander tell a tale of a blues singer who possesses a very unique guitar, while in the second part of "The Hunted," we learn just who hired the mercenaries tasked with stealing Pinhead's pins.

Mature/$3.99

JIM HENSON'S STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art/Cover: SHANE-MICHAEL VIDUARRI

WHY WE LOVE IT: Jim Henson's The Storyteller is a beloved celebration of fairy tales and folklore. After releasing a critically acclaimed graphic novel we're thrilled to bring the property's magic to single issues. In the spirit of Henson's inventive imagination, this series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages with an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Four anthology style one-shots explore classic witch stories and fairy tales from all over the world, each told by a different creator with a breathtaking style and original voice. It's tales of magic and wonder as only these storytellers could imagine them.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: S.M. Vidaurri, writer and watercolor illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER, unfolds the stunning tale of "The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest." When her brother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.

$3.99

JUDGE DREDD COMPLETE CASE FILES VOL 23 (TPB)

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writers: JOHN WAGNER, MARK MILLAR

Art: TREVOR HAIRSINE, MIKE MCMAHON

Mega-City one: the future metropolis bustling with life and every crime imaginable. Keeping order are the Judges, a stern police force acting as judges, juries and executioners. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd. He is the law and these are his stories. Volume 23 in this best-selling series sees Judge Dredd having to team up with his two greatest foes -- Judge Death and Mean Machine Angel -- in order to carry out a high stakes mission in the harsh lands of the Cursed Earth.

$33.99

LAST BROADCAST #5

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: ANDRE SIRANGELO

Art/Cover: GABRIEL LUMAZARK

Ivan and Backbone recover from the loss of a team member. Knowing now their very lives are at stake, the team must follow new clues even further into the forgotten places of the city. They are finally about the uncover their true enemies, but do they really want to know the truth?

Mature/$3.99

LIFE AFTER #3

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV

Art: GABO

Cover A: NICK PITARRA

Cover B: GABO

The afterlife is even more perilous than Jude and his new pal Ernest Hemingway thought. Enter deadly angels, forgotten souls, and that most dastardly element of all -- bureaucracy. Added Bonus: the complete origin of the universe in three pages! From the twisted mind behind THE BUNKER and the nimble hands of breakout artist Gabo.

Mature/$3.99

I guess it was only a matter of time before Ernest Hemingway became a comic book character. He kinda was in real life, anyway.

MEKA (HC)

Publisher: MAGNETIC PRESS INC.

Writer: JEAN-DAVID MORVAN

Art/Cover: BENGAL

Meka is the tale of two pilots in the far future whose vehicle, a giant walking war-machine designed to defend inhabited planets from alien threats, is disabled in combat, leaving them stranded and left to their own talents and judgment to survive the ruined urban warzone they themselves inadvertently created. This sci-fi story is as much about the politics of warfare as it is about the two characters relationship during the trials faced during their escape.

$19.99

MERMIN VOL 3 (HC)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer/Art/Cover: JOEY WEISER

No one knows much about Mer, the underwater kingdom where Mermin the merman was born, but due to a rising conflict with the people of Atlantis, Mermin is needed back home immediately. Which means that his human friends get to accompany him and see all the aquatic wonders of Mer. But once again, Mermin is tight-lipped about his past -- even when it's swimming right in front of him. And there are enemies lurking in the seedier depths of Mer, who've got their sights set not only on Mermin, but on Pete and his friends!

$19.99

I kinda like the pun inherent in the title. Why do we call them mermen and mermaids? Because they come from Mer!

MICHAEL MOORCOCK ELRIC VOL 1: RUBY THRONE (HC)

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writer: JULIEN BLONDEL

Art: DIDIER POLI, ROBIN RECHT

A stunning new comic adaptation of the classic Elric of Melniboné novels by Michael Moorcock! The ancient island of Melniboné has been ruled by Elric, the albino emperor, for millennia. Reliant on magic and herbs for his strength and prolonged life, Elric's grip on Melniboné is crumbling, as his people slide into decadence. Now his envious cousin Yyrkoon, Prince of Melniboné, plots to overthrow him and claim the Ruby Throne for himself! Lavishly illustrated, this new comic adaptation has been produced with the full and enthusiastic endorsement of Moorcock himself, who has written an original introduction for this edition.

$12.99

I've got two or three runs of Elric novel adaptations in the Comics Cave, from a variety of publishers. But I will always welcome a new take, provided it's well done.

ONLY SKIN (GN NEW PTG)

Publisher: SECRET ACRES

Writer/Art/Cover: SEAN FORD

Only Skin is a grim, violent exploration of the hallucinatory and tragic landscape of modern rural America, as seen through the eyes of a pair of orphaned siblings, searching for answers in a world filled with terrible questions.

Mature/$21.95

PEANUTS VOL 2 #21

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art: CHARLES M. SCHULZ & Various

Cover: CHARLES M. SCHULZ

When Lucy throws Schroeder's piano into the Kite-Eating Tree, Charlie Brown and Snoopy must find a way to save the instrument from being chomped. "The Piano-Eating Tree" and many more Peanuts advenutres can be found in this months's issue of all-out fun!

$3.99

RUSH CLOCKWORK ANGELS #5

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: KEVIN J. ANDERSON

Art: NICK ROBLES

Cover: HUGH SYME

Owen's been given a chance to take on the skies aboard Commodore Pangloss' airship. But a heart like Owen's can never stay in one place for too long before longing for a new frontier. With the Seven Cities calling to him, we're off again on a new journey!

$3.99
SIXTH GUN DAYS OF THE DEAD #2

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writers: CULLEN BUNN, BRIAN HURTT

Art/Cover: MIKE NORTON

Yum Kimil -- the lord of the dead -- stirs! Secrets of the Sword of Abraham and the Knights of Solomon are revealed as both factions race to stop or control the ancient deity's awakening. While Brother Roberto battles revenants, Abigail Redmayne plots to sell vital secrets the undead! What is her connectionto the Pinkerton Jesup? And how does the mercurial Drake Sinclair contribute to the intrigue that unfolds on the streets of San Francisco?

$3.99

SONS OF ANARCHY #13

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: ED BRISSON

Art/Cover: DAMIAN COUCEIRO

With the Slaughter MC quickly honing in on SAMTAZ territory, SAMCRO must make a difficult decision: Do they bring what support they can to the quickly floundering charter of the Sons of Anarchy, or do they stay back and protect the homefront after an already devastating year? Faced with few allies and even fewer resources, Jax must find a way to keep the club together.

Mature/$3.99

My wife is binge-watching this show, but complains that the more she watches it, the less she likes it.

SONS OF ANARCHY VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN

Art: DAMIAN COUCEIRO

Cover: GARRY BROWN

WHY WE LOVE IT: The Sons of Anarchy TV series has captivated the attention of the entire BOOM! team with its smart plotting, compelling characters and modern vision of the outlaw genre. We love the show so much we couldn't wait to help expand the world of SAMCRO.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Gunsmuggling outlaw bikers with complex pasts and gripping personalities. If you love "guys with guns" like we do, this is that genre at its most elevated.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: With nowhere left to turn, a troubled girl named Kendra finds herself back in Charming in desperate need for help. When the Sons of Anarchy realize she's the estranged daughter of an old member, Tig rallies the club to offer protection. But if SAMCRO wants to keep themselves and Kendra out of an early grave, they'll have to step into the line of fire and put alliances aside to do what's right.Written by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and illustrated by Damian Couceiro (Planet of the Apes), SONS OF ANARCHY: VOL. 1 collects the first six issues of the ongoing comic book series and runs parallel with Season 5 of Kurt Sutter's hit television series.

Mature/$19.99

Specifically, my wife's complaint is that "it's a soap opera with motorcycles." I think she was expecting more bad-boy behavior and fewer discussions about relationships.

TERRA FORMARS VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer: YU SASUGA

Art/Cover: KENICHI TACHIBANA

Thailand, twenty years after the ill-fated Bugs 2 mission. Two American U-NASA agents arrive to find Akari Hizamaru, a "child born after the operation," and recruit him for Annex 1, a new mission to Mars. The purpose of Annex 1 is to research the origins of a new disease that is ravaging the earth. But the reasons why U-NASA would need the incredible powers that Hizamaru possesses are still a closely guarded secret. Once again, humanity launches an expedition to Mars that has frightening implications for the future.

Mature/$12.99

TRANSLUCID #6

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, CHONDRA ECHERT

Art: DANIEL BAYLISS

Cover: JEFF STOKELY

The Horse's final play is here. He and The Navigator enter their final battle, and it takes place on a plane no one would expect! The most personal battle of all is here in the finale to this series and only one person is walking away from it!

$3.99

WINX CLUB MAGIC COLLECTION (GN)

Publisher: PERFECT SQUARE

Writer/Art/Cover: IGINIO STRAFFI

Before Bloom became part of the Winx Club, she was living a normal teenager's life. All that changed one day when she discovered she's actually got magical powers! Between enrolling in Alfea School for Fairies and learning to control her newfound powers, Bloom's life is anything but ordinary now. Luckily, she's got special fairy friends who encourage and support her-and help fight against wicked villians!

$19.99

WWE SUPERSTARS ONGOING #8

Publisher: SUPER GENIUS

Writer: MICK FOLEY

Art/Cover: PUSTE

"Haze of Glory," Part 4 of 4. "Whatchu Gonna Do?" Hulkamania is running wild, brother! With the clock ticking for Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, and CM Punk to uncover who or what caused them to go berserk at a Monday Night Raw, the Superstars have one last hope to save them from being fired by Mr. McMahon -- the immortal Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster may hold the key to proving their innocence but first they're going to have to save him from the wrath of "The Animal" Batista!

$3.99

Raise your hands, everybody who expected Mick Foley's second career to be "writer." Nobody? Yeah, I didn't see that coming, either.

A lot of Wonder Woman and Hulk this week!

Am I crazy or is this really the first time that the early New Teen Titans is out in a trade PB?

I know some of us are less than thrilled by Roy Thomas' "history" books, but I enjoyed The Saga of the Sub-Mariner/Original Human Torch.

As for Lindsay Wagner, she's attractive enough but I preferred Lynda Carter and Jaclyn Smith.

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