COMICS GUIDE FOR NOV. 19, 2014

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

BEST BETS

For more information on Best Bets and other titles, 
consult the "This Week's Comics" section below.

No bet bets this week, because I flat ran out of time.

THIS WEEK'S COMICS

Titles are grouped alphabetically by publisher, in this order:  
Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics and the catch-all Other Publishers.

ARCHIE COMICS

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE #2


Script: ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA

Art/Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

48-page, full color comic
, TEEN +, $4.99 U.S.

The end of the world is here … the horror continues as a zombified Jughead goes on a relentless hunt for brains in this shocking series by Harvey Award-winning comic/screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s Carrie, Archie meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle). When he performs a despicable and frightening act in front of everyone at the Halloween dance, tensions start to rise and fears begin to mount -- who will be next to join Jughead in the Afterlife? And what about those who are already infected? Be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart! This magazine-size edition of the award-winning AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE features sorcery stories from the vault, a very special preview of the upcoming Sabrina series and all-new extra features.

ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 6 (TPB)

Script: PAUL KUPPERBERG

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

Cover: FERNANDO RUIZ

$19.99/$23.99CAN

6 5/8  x 10 3/16”

TPB, 336 pp, Full Color

It’s the comic book event of the century -- the death of Archie Andrews! Read the story the entire world is discussing in this heart-wrenching finale to the MARRIED LIFE graphic novel series, as Archie Andrews -- America’s most beloved character -- sacrifices his life heroically while saving the life of a close friend. Bringing to a close the acclaimed storyline that revealed the future of Archie and his friends, THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 6 is an essential addition to the library of any graphic novel fan, and features what is sure to be one of the most-discussed finales in the history of comics and entertainment.

MEGA MAN #43


Script: IAN FLYNN


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

Cover: PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE


Variant Cover art provided by CAPCOM

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

The battle ain’t over yet, and the legend has only just begun! Based on the renowned game Mega Man 3 comes "Legends of the Blue Bomber" Part Three: We’ve seen Mega Man battle Robot Masters many times before, but now witness the automaton insanity unfold from the perspectives of their creators! Magnet Man wonders if he’s led his brothers astray as he prepares to stop Mega Man. Needle Man won’t go quietly, instead choosing a battle on his own terms! Meanwhile, Auto makes a shocking discovery about Dr. Wily -- but will he survive to report it?!

Featuring all-new cover art from the legendary Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante and classic Capcom variant cover to complete your Mega-collection!

SONIC UNIVERSE #70


Script: IAN FLYNN


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

Cover: TRACY YARDLEY, JIM AMASH, BEN HUNZEKER

Variant Cover art provided by SEGA



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

The FIRST EVER SONIC UNIVERSE TRILOGY reaches its stunning conclusion in "Total Eclipse" Part Four!

Knuckles and Shadow must end their duel -- because Eclipse has escaped with the Master Emerald! Can the two chaos-fueled warriors stand up to the power of the Dark Arms? Knuckles may be forced into the one choice he doesn’t want to make! Don’t miss the sense-shattering finale that will change the shattered world crisis and the Sonic comic landscape as we know it!

Featuring stunning new cover art from Yardley, Amash and Hunzeker, plus an awesome SEGA art variant featuring two of the biggest "Total Eclipse" stars: Knuckles and Rouge!

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #45

Script/Art: FERNANDO RUIZ

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

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

Dilton invents a handy Christmas app that’s supposed to help Archie pick out the perfect gift for Veronica -- but even modern technology can’t help find something for the girl who has everything! Archie and Jughead decide the only way they can find something for her that she doesn’t own is by shopping somewhere completely different -- and so they recruit their pals to find her the perfect gift. But has the answer been at the tip of their fingers all along? Find out in “The Christmas App,” the festively fun lead story to this comics digest!

DARK HORSE

$1 for 1 AXE COP: BAD GUY EARTH #1

Writer: MALACHI NICHOLLE

Art/Cover: ETHAN NICOLLE

Colors: DIRK ERIK SCHULZ

FC, 32 pages, $1.00

One-shot

When the so-called “real” police find out about Axe Cop’s bad guy chopping antics, they team up with the army to take Axe Cop down! But when a pair of nasty villains from outer space turn the army into bad guys, it’s up to Axe Cop to set things right!

A full issue of Axe Cop for just $1!

THE ART OF DRAGON AGE: INQUISTION (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: BIOWARE

FC, 184 pages, $39.99

HC, 9" x 12"

The perfect companion to the new game!

The next generation of fantasy is here! Go behind the scenes of Dragon Age: Inquisition, the most ambitious game ever created by legendary developer BioWare!

Featuring hundreds of never-before-seen art pieces and commentary from the developers themselves, this volume offers revealing insight into the inspiration and creation of every facet of Dragon Age: Inquisition, from the heroes to the wondrous weapons they wield, the powerful beasts they battle, and the extraordinary world they inhabit.

• Filled with never-before-seen art!

• Commentary by the creators of Dragon Age!

• From BioWare, developers of the hit Mass Effect series!

B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH #125

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, JOHN ARCUDI

Art: JAMES HARREN

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: LAURENCE CAMPBELL

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

James Harren returns!

Things seem to be going well for the BPRD. With their alliance with the military, they now have all the munitions they need, and, after New York, an easy mission to clear a small town. But the town has strange connections to Howards’s past as a prehistoric warrior, and more than its share of monsters.

B.P.R.D. is one of the most incredibly consistent and high quality books being published.” -- All-Comic

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 #9

Writer: CHRISTOS GAGE

Art/Variant: REBEKAH ISAACS

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: STEVE MORRIS

OFC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

The Sunnydale homecoming becomes less than fun as Buffy, Spike and Willow realize that Andrew is in over his head with the Vampyr rules book and a terrible plan, and the demon they’re up against has a grudge against Slayers and a penchant for eating souls ...

“A fantastic continuation to the Buffyverse.” -- Unleash the Fanboy

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 VOL 1: NEW RULES (TPB)

Writer: CHRISTOS GAGE, NICHOLAS BRENDON

Art: REBEKAH ISAACS

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: STEVE MORRIS

FC, 136 pages, $18.99

TPB, 7" x 10"

While slaying a hoard of zompires, Buffy and her pals are shocked to discover a new kind of vampire: harder to kill, able to transform and walk in the light of day - like Dracula ... the rules of magic are literally being rewritten ...

Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1-5.

Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

“Highest possible recommendation.” -- SciFiPulse

"While slaying a hoard of zompires ..."

Horde! A bunch of people is a HORDE! A treasure trove is a hoard, but people come in HORDES!

GET IT RIGHT!

CRIMINAL MACABRE: THE THIRD CHILD #3 (of 4)

Writer: STEVE NILES

Art: CHRISTOPHER MITTEN

Colors: MICHELLE MADSEN

Cover: JUSTIN ERICKSON

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Mayhem in the streets!

The world is rioting and everyone has turned to their darker sides. In all this mayhem, Cal seeks help from those long gone, but can he and the few outcasts still on his side save a world that has always shunned them?

From the writer of Breath of Bones and 30 Days of Night!

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #4

Writers: ALEX DE CAMPI, BRENDAN MCCARTHY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JUSTIN GRAY, TYLER JENKINS, KEITH CHAMPAGNE, EVAN DORKIN

Art: BRENDAN MCCARTHY, TYLER JENKINS, EVAN DORKIN, JERRY ORDWAY, ANDY KUHN, LEONARD KIRK

Cover: JERRY ORDWAY

FC, 48 pages, $4.99

Ongoing

Eisner and Harvey award winner!

After a demon steals a child’s soul, occult professor Alice Creed must track down the evil culprit in Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s Semiautomagic. A new tale of conspiratorial superheroics from the world of Peter Tomasi and Keith Champagne’s The Mighty, written by Keith Champagne with art by Leonard Kirk! Plus, Evan Dorkin delivers eight hilarious pages of House of Fun!

New chapters of Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Andy Kuhn’s Wrestling with Demons and Tyler Jenkins’s The Chaining fill out the rest of this awesome issue!

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

• New 48-page format!

“Seriously, this is comics’ best kept secret trove of great comics.” -- Comic Book Resources

DISHONORED: THE DUNWALL ARCHIVES (HC)

Writer/Art: ARKANE STUDIOS

FC, 184 pages, $39.99

HC, 7" x 9"

Uncover the secrets of Dunwall!

The artwork, manuscripts, and scraps of information gathered throughout Dunwall are collected at last. It has been a long and difficult journey to archive these tales of our cursed city, but it is my hope that you, reading this now, will take heed, and learn from those gone before you to forge your own destiny. The Dunwall Archives are now yours—what will you do with them now that you know the truth in these pages?

• Combines every piece of in-game text with never-before-seen art in a design that feels like it came right out of the game!

• Dishonored won the 2012 Spike video game award for Best Action Adventure Game and the 2013 BAFTA award for Best Game.

MIND MGMT VOL 4: THE MAGICIAN (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: MATT KINDT

FC, 168 pages, $19.99

HC, 7" x 10"

MAGIC MGMT!

The mission to stop MIND MGMT is back on, but can Meru ever trust Lyme again? What role did the Magician play in the Management’s history of the 1960s-80s? And what is the secret of the Seven Immortals? Collects MIND MGMT #19-24 and a story from DHP #31.

• Includes special “Life and Times of Henry Lyme” issue!

• Optioned for the big screen by Ridley Scott!

“Readers will not be able to put MIND MGMT down for a second.” -- Bloody Disgusting

PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE #2 (of 4)

Writer: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art: CHRIS MOONEYHAM

Colors: DAN BROWN

Cover: LUCAS GRACIANO

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY MOTHER%*@$#!

After the mayhem and terror of Weyland-Yutani’s disastrous mission to the site of the Prometheus, Galgo’s troubles continue when his ship is shanghaied by a Predator stowaway! Its obsession with a mysterious, deadly quarry sends them to the last place in the universe Galgo’d like to revisit—the Xeno-infested LV-223!

• Dark Horse’s Prometheus event goes on the prowl!

• Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Captain Midnight) is Multiversity’s breakout writer of 2013!

Five Ghosts’s Chris Mooneyham pits Predator against vicious game!

THE SKY: THE ART OF FINAL FANTASY BOOK THREE (HC)

Writer/Art: YOSHITAKA AMANO

FC, 156 pages, $24.99

HC, 10 5/8" x 11 5/8"

The Sky Book Three contains Amano's sketches and paintings for Final Fantasy VII (1997), VIII (1999), IX (2000), and X (2001), depicting characters such as Zidane Tribal, Garnet Til Alexandros XVII, Adelbert Steiner, Vivi Orunitia, Amarant Coral, Queen Brahne, and many others. Bonuses include a series of silkscreen images done for Final Fantasy VIII, unreleased pen-and-ink sketches of the Gunblade, and designs for the gemlike logo of Final Fantasy IX.

Are there really sufficient numbers of Final Fantasy players willing to part with $75 to buy these three books? I can't imagine anyone who is not a Final Fantasy player being interested, but I also can't imagine sufficient numbers among the players to support three $25 books. I'm baffled how DH expects to make money on these. Maybe CapCom (or whoever) is subsidizing them, just for PR purposes.

THE STRAIN: THE NIGHT ETERNAL #3

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!

Known as the Born, he works with the rebellion, but he’s a vampire ... Who, or what, is Mr. Quinlan? And what, exactly, is his connection to the Master? This issue sheds light on the past of the mysterious and badass bloodsucker slayer who is bent on destroying the Master’s strain and ending his reign.

The final chapter in the Strain Trilogy -- by Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan -- begins here!

That is an awesome image. Not only is the artwork excellent, but just the idea -- Roman Legionnaire vampire -- raises a zillion questions I'd love answered!

TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FINAL BATTLE #11 (of 12)

Writer: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art/Cover: PETE WOODS

Colors: MATT WILSON

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Invisible monsters!

Locked in a war neither can win, John Connor and Skynet contemplate the unthinkable—an alliance against the murderous intelligence ravaging them both. But with Connor’s foretold death nearing, is it too late?!

Celebrate 30 years of The Terminator!

“Straczysnki and Woods are on a roll and they show absolutely no sign of stopping or slowing anytime soon.” -- Comic Bastards

TOMB RAIDER VOL 1: SEASON OF THE WITCH (TPB)

Writer: GAIL SIMONE

Pencils: NICOLAS DANIEL SELMA

Inks: JUAN GEDEON

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: DAN DOS SANTOS

FC, 152 pages, $19.99

TPB, 7" x 10"

Lara and the other survivors of the Endurance are experiencing horrific visions after their ordeal in the lost kingdom of Yamatai. But the visions lead to a darker fate. ... Can Lara survive the calamities that await her as she struggles to piece this new mystery, and her life, back together? Collects Tomb Raider #1-6.

• Written by comics superstar Gail Simone!

• A bold reimagining of the classic character!

“Gail Simone is ... very suited to tell us this tale of mystery, magic, and adventure.” -- Comic Booked

On the fence. Someone push me over!

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GRIMM FAIRY TALES: 2014 HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: DAN WICKLINE

Cover A: RICH

Cover B: SPAY

Cover C: CUCCA

HOLIDAY HORROR!

Every Christmas, Krampus surfaces to punish humans most deserving of his wrath. However, the merciless killer wasn't always a vengeful spirit. This holiday, Sela Mathers journeys back to a time before Krampus was the monster we have come to fear...

*The Return of KRAMPUS!

Mature/$5.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: DARK SHAMAN #2

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writers: JOE BRUSHA, RALPH TEDESCO

Cover A: TOLIBAO

Cover B: MYCHAELS

Cover C: LUIS

The newest Grimm Universe series continues as the spirits from the Ancient burial ground begin to wreak havoc on those who've disrupted their graves!

*Evil Shamans

*Co-ed Deaths!

Mature/$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #104

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: PATRICK SHAND

Cover A. NUNES

Cover B: SCHAFFER

Cover C: DAXIONG

Rise of the Nymphs -- Part One

Not much is known about Hailey, the most mysterious student of Arcane Acre. She pretends to be normal, but Hailey is a nymph that has escaped from Neverland and it was only a matter of time before her past caught up with her!

Mature/$3.99

GOD IS DEAD #24

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: MIKE COSTA

Art: JUAN FRIGERI

Cover: JACEN BURROWS

End of Days Variant: JACEN BURROWS

Carnage Wrap Variant: JACEN BURROWS

Iconic Variant: JACEN BURROWS

The last chapter of the fourth unrelenting story arc comes to a conclusion that will shake the world to the core.  Tying together threads spread over the entire series so far, the most unexpected players turn out to be the keys to ending the World-wide conflict.   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

GODKILLER: WALK AMONG US #2

Publisher: BLACK MASK COMICS

Writer: MATT PIZZOLO

Art: ANNA WIESZCZYK

Cover: BEN TEMPLESMITH, ANNA

WIESZCZYK

There will be blood as Tommy comes face to face with organ-stealing, escaped-brothel-slave Halfpipe (Godkiller's iconic anti-heroine), resulting in the twist of fate that sends Tommy on his dark odyssey into the savage land of Outer City.

Mature/$3.99

 

HARVEY HORRORS COLLECTION PACK: BLACK CAT MYSTERY (SOFTIE SLIPCASE)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers/Art: LEE ELIAS & Various

Dare you read these eerie tales of the supernatural from this forgotten classic? See, you talk to us and we listen. What could be easier? And so it is that, by popular demand, we're making available the whole run of Black Cat Mystery, in five beautiful paperback editions in a gorgeous illustrated slipcase. This set collects Volume 1 (issues #30-34, Aug 1951-Apr 1952), Volume 2 (issues #35-39, May 1952-Sept 1952), Volume 3 (issues #40-44, Oct 1952-June 1953), Volume 4 (issues #45-49, Aug 1953-Apr 1954), and Volume 5 (issues #50-53, June 1954-Dec 1954).

$109.99

HARVEY HORRORS COLLECTION PACK: TOMB OF TERROR (SOFTIE SLIPCASE EDITION) 

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers/Art: Various

All 16 gruesome issues of one of Harvey's greatest Tomb of Terror softee creations collected together in three beautiful softcovers and housed in a special slipcase, plus you get a paperback edition of ps's Sampler.

$69.99

 

HELLRAISER BESTIARY #4

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: BEN MEARES & Various

Art: CARLOS MAGNO & Various

Cover: CONOR NOLAN

The descent into darkness continues with more alltales of the Cenobites! First, in "Study," Lela Gwenn and Daniele Serra follow a anthropologist who goes from observer to subject, while in the continuing story "The Hunted," Pinhead begins his counter-attack against those trying to usurp his power.

Mature/$3.99

HIGH SCHOOL DXD VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: ICHIEI ISHIBUMI

Art: ZERO MIYAMA, HIROICHI

Cover: ZERO MIYAMA

Issei Hyoudou, recently brought back to life as a devil, works hard every day in pursuit of his ultimate goal -- to become the "Harem King"! Meanwhile, a handsome aristocrat, Riser Fhenix, makes his entrance, claiming to be engaged to President Rias. Her reaction, though, is a surprise to all!

Mature/$13.00

I think every young lad at some point in his life aspires to being the "Harem King." It's just a phase, you'll outgrow it.

HIGURASHI: WHEN THEY CRY VOL 26: DICE KILLING ARC (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: RYUKISHI07

Art/Cover: KARIN SUZURAGI

Over the course of a hundred years, Rika relived her brutal murder over and over again through countless fragments before finding the world where she could live in peace. But even without the threat of certain death hanging over her head, this world is fraught with dangers. When she's in a terrible accident, Rika wakes up to find herself in the nurse's office-however she's not in her peaceful new world, but rather in an alternate June 1983! Rika is desperate to find a way back to her ideal fragment, but it may require her to do something drastic!

$13.00

IZNOGOUD VOL 11: IZNOGOUD & JIGSAW TURK (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: RENE GOSCINNY

Art/Cover: JEAN TABARY

Imagine a puzzle. A magic puzzle. It features the head of a Turk, it's big and complicated, and when you finish assembling it, the person you think about at that moment is smashed into a thousand pieces! Now, imagine how many ways things can go wrong if Iznogoud of all people tries to use that puzzle, hmm? Sirens, shrinking potions, magic calendars. All fantastic opportunities for disasters to occur -- and hilarity to ensue!

$11.95

Iznotreading.

JACK FROST VOL 11 (TPB)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: KO JIN HO

The journey of a girl trapped in the world between life and death. Through the true Akashic Records, the full story of Solomon and his connection to Helmina is revealed. As Noh-A relives the events that have led to the destruction around her, she begins to understand the true nature of Amityville and her role within it. Noh-A and Jack's long journey reaches its end in the final volume of Jack Frost!

$13.00

JAMES BOND OMNIBUS VOL 6 (TPB)

Publisher: TITAN BOOKS

Writers: IAN FLEMING, JIM LAWRENCE

Art/Cover: YAROSLAV HORAK

The daring James Bond is back in a definitive bumper edition collecting more of Jim Lawrence's celebrated run in comic strip form! Includes nine of Bond's most thrilling and dangerous missions: "Shark Bait," "Doomcrack," "The Paradise Plot," "Deathmask," "Flittermouse," "Polestar," "The Scent of Danger," "Snake Goddess," and "Double Eagle!"

$19.95

JIM HENSON'S STORYTELLER: WITCHES #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art/Cover: KYLA VANDERKLUGT

Matthew Dow Smith (XHELLBOY) tells the epic Irish folktale of "The Phantom Isle." When a young man shipwrecks on a mysterious island ruled by a council of witches, he has the choice of freedom or staying on the isle where he does not age. The lure of immortality is hard to resist, but it comes with a price he may not be willing to pay.

$3.99

KOKORO CONNECT VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: ANDA SADANATSU

Art/Cover: CUTEG

The very best of friends are about to become the worst enemies. When five normal and well-adjusted teens at Yamahoshi Academy form the Cultural Research Club, all is right with the world. The close-knit club of girls and boys are perfectly happy in their daily school life -- until a supernatural being known as the Heartseed enters the picture. Now the lives of the five friends are turned upside down, as they start swapping bodies and minds. Inner secrets, hidden pasts and dark urges are revealed to one another. Will the Heartseed and his mindbending powers pull the five friends apart forever?

Mature/$12.99

LAST BORN #3

Publisher: BLACK MASK COMICS

Writer: PATRICK MEANEY

Art/Cover: ERIC ZAWADZKI

Julia and her companions are lost in a dimensional crossroads between the dawn of humanity and the end of time. After a horrific attack leaves the group paralyzed, James discovers the horrible trauma in Eden's past and the secret origin of The Viral Man, setting the stage for an epic confrontation. The cosmological thrill-ride from the director of Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods continues.

Mature/$3.99

LAST BROADCAST #7

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: ANDRE SIRANGELO

Art/Cover: GABRIEL LUMAZARK

Reunited with Backbone, Ivan must unlock the mysteries of Blackhall's legacy to find the final glowbug and take down S.P.I. once and for all. But will the combined forces of Backbone and the Nonchalants be enough to stop Sir Arthur? Find out in the stunning conclusion to THE LAST BROADCAST!

Mature/$4.99

LUCKY LUKE VOL 48: DICK DIGGERS GOLD MINE (TPB)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer/Art/Cover: MORRIS

Dick Digger, an old pal of Lucky Luke's, has struck gold in the hills. Spending the night in a hotel on his way home to stake his claim, a careless display of his new-found wealth attracts the attention of two bandits who knock him out and rob him, unwittingly taking the map to his mine with them as well! With Digger injured, it's up to Lucky Luke and Jolly Jumper to chase the thieves and recover the map!

$11.95

Dick Diggler's Gold Mine? Is that a Boogie Nights reference?

Oh, DIGGER. Sorry.

LUMBERJANES #8

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: GRACE ELLIS, NOELLE STEVENSON

Art: BROOKE A. ALLEN

Cover: NOELLE STEVENSON

This crazy war between Apollo and Artemis finally reaches its peak and it's up to the Lumberjanes to save their camp from this crazy sibling rivalry. All questions are finally answered and the scouts learn the true importance of trust and friendship.

$3.99

MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA VOL 20 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: NAGARU TANIGAWA

Art: GAKY TSUGANO

Cover: NOIZI ITO

When Kyon arrives at school, it seems like another average day -- until he realizes Sasaki has wrapped North High in a closed space. Led to the SOS Brigade clubroom by Sasaki and Tachibana, Kyon knocks (just in case) and is surprised to find not a costumed Asahina, but instead a girl he's never seen before -- and a very familiar face!

$13.00

MONSTER MUSUME VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: OKAYADO

What do world governments do when they learn that fantastical beings are not merely fiction, but flesh and blood -- not to mention feather, hoof and fang? Why, they create new regulations, of course! "The Interspecies Cultural Exchange Accord" ensures that these once-mythical creatures assimilate into human society -- or else! When hapless human twenty-something Kurusu Kimihito becomes an involuntary "volunteer" in the government homestay program for monster girls, his world is turned upside down.

$12.99

Trying not ... to think ... about sex ... with fish ... AHHHHHH!

MY LITTLE MONSTER VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: ROBICO

Mizutani is a self-absorbed overachiever, concerned only with maintaining the highest grades in school. Haru is an impulsive short tempered brute, who scares everyone with his explosive bursts of violence. Haru gets suspended on the first day of school when he encounters some bullies harassing a student and dispatches the bullies with great bloody violence. Mizutani is tasked with delivering school materials to Haru who interprets this as an act of friendship and latches on to Mizutani, much to her dismay. And so begins a strange and potentially combustible relationship!

$10.99

NIKOLAI DANTE LOVE & WAR (GN)

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer:  ROBBIE MORRISON, SIMON FRASER

Art: JOHN BURNS, CHARLIE ADLARD

It is the year of the Tsar 2668 AD and the sound of wedding bells is in the air. Jena Makarov, the daughter of Tsar Vladimir the Conqueror, is betrothed to Mikhail Deriabin, media tyrant and patriarch of the House of Bolshoi. Nikolai Dante is less than happy with the announcement. Now, assigned to be Jena's bodyguard, Dante has to protect her from more than his own passions as those who would seek to bring about war set their sights on Russia's fairest!

$29.99

NINJA HIGH SCHOOL TEXTBOOK VOL 1: CLASS REUNION (TPB)

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: BEN DUNN

Collects Ninja High School #1-3, 3 1/2 and 4-23.

Attention, class!  Godfather of American Manga Ben Dunn has some heavy reading to kick off your Classic Lit course: the Ninja High School Textbook!  The first 25 issues of Ninja High School are all in one massive collection.  Relive (or experience for the first time) the start of the series that introduced countless readers to the love-comedy manga genre back when most Americans couldn't even pronounce "manga"!

$49.99

NORAGAMI STRAY GOD VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: ADACHITOKA

Yato is a homeless god. He doesn't even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! So to achieve his ambitious goals, he's set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee), hoping he'll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams. Of course, he can't afford to be picky, so Yato accepts all kinds of jobs, from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies at school.

$10.99

OOKU INNER CHAMBERS VOL 10 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: FUMI YOSHINAGA

Aonuma and his are closer than ever to finding a way to prevent the spread of the Redface Pox.

$12.99

PANDORA HEARTS VOL 22 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: JUN MOCHIZUKI

A gothic fantasy with an Alice in Wonderland twist! A question is posed to Oz Vessalius once more. The answer he deduces after overcoming the chains of infinite despair that bound him becomes a blinding light, piercing through the jet-black darkness. As though hope can be spun out of the fragile threads of one's heart!

$13.00

PEANUTS VOL 2 #23

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art: CHARLES M. SCHULZ & Various

Cover: CHARLES M. SCHULZ

Good grief! Brandadventures with classic Charles M. Schulz goodness for the youngest of fans all the way to the biggest of enthusiasts. This collection of stories is truly for all ages and can be enjoyed from the top of the top of the doghouse to the dogout of the baseball field.

 $3.99

PETER PAN REGIS LOISEL (HC OMNIBUS EDITION)

Publisher: SOARING PENGUIN PRESS

Writers: NICOLAS ROSSERT, REGIS LOISEL

Art/Cover: REGIS LOISEL

Before he became Peter Pan, before his arrival to Neverland, there was a boy fighting for survival. Born into harsh Dickensian London suburbs, with an alcoholic mother leaving him an almost orphan, Peter's only retreat from  reality were the fantastical stories given to him by a friendly neighbor, allowing him to escape temporarily from the darkness of his real world. An amazing reinterpretation of the J.M Barrie's Peter Pan story for an adult audience, for the first time in English, collecting the entire 6-volume series. Loisel offers a unique, dark take on a well-known tale.

Mature/49.99

PRINCESS UGG #5

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer/Art/Cover: TED NAIFEH

Trouble is brewing back in Grimmeria, but Ülga's studies are steadily improving, much to the astonishment of her peers and teachers. She even catches the eye of a handsome guard captain. But Ülga is still a Grimmerian at heart -- which will come in handy when her carriage is besieged by bandits!

$3.99

PRINCESS UGG VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer/Art/Cover: TED NAIFEH

A new series from Courtney Crumrin creator Ted Naifeh! Princess Ülga isn't your standard princess, but her royal lineage goes back for generations. At her mother's bequest, Ülga travels to the city-state of Atraeska, where the prestigious Princess Academy lies, so that she can learn about things like diplomacy-hopefully for the benefit of her rough and tumble people. But Ülga will learn that she's more behind in her studies than she realized -- and that when you're a princess, you're bound to have a few enemies.

$15.99

This looke like the perfect opportunity to sample a series I've long been curious about.

PROPHECY VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer/Art/Cover: TETSUYA TSUTSUI

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has developed a Cyber Crime Division to take on the increasing threat of high-tech crime. One day, the video site YOUTUBE, a man wearing a bag over his head releases a video notice of crime that will be committed. The crime occurs and the pattern is repeated. And repeated; again and again. Now the TMPD must investigate this serious threat before like many things on the internet it is replicated and exploited.

$12.95

PROTOCOL ORPHANS (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: MICHAEL ALAN NELSON

Art: MARIANO NAVARRO

Cover: STÉPHANE ROUX

Grabbed up by the United States government and thrown into training camps, orphans around the country have been raised to become America's next generation of superNow, as adults, they live among us, ready for "the family" to call them back into action. Collects the complete fourlimited series.

$14.99

REAL VOL 13 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: TAKEHIKO INOUE

A gritty, basketball manga from the critically acclaimed creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond!

$12.99

REGULAR SHOW #17

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: NICK SUMIDA, KEVIN CHURCH

Art: ALLISON STREJLAU, MADELINE RUPERT

Cover: ANDY HIRSCH

Mordecai and Rigby are so tired of Benson yelling at them. They just want a break from their illboss, but the these two park workers are about to get an education on what truly makes Benson tick.

 $3.99

RESIDENT EVIL MARHAWA DESIRE VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: NAOKI SERIZAWA

At the prestigious and elite Marhawa High School in Singapore, a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. Called in to investigate, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky find themselves caught up in a deadly and growing tragedy. As things get rapidly out of hand, Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance arrive on the scene, while behind it all a mysterious figure looms.

Mature/$12.99

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (TPB REVISED EDITION)

Publisher: CALIBER ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art: KEVIN VANHOOK

Cover: Photo

The official adaptation of the cult classic! Collecting the Caliber Comics series, this full color graphic novel not only has all three issues to complete the adaptation but also special features such as an art gallery with contributions from various artists, a profile on Rocky creator Richard O'Brien; the lyrics to all the songs; and for this revised edition, a special "behind the scenes" look at creating the comic. Adapted and illustrated by Kevin VanHook, the official Rocky Horror Picture Show comic will be prime material for the upcoming 40th Anniversary celebration! While you're doing the Time Warp, dream it!

$17.99

ROY THOMAS PRESENTS: SHEENA QUEEN JUNGLE VOL 2 (BOOKSHOP EDITION)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers: ROY THOMAS & Various

Art: ROBERT WEBB, ALEX A. BLUM

She may still be everyone's favorite yellow-tressed, leopard-skin-clad Jungle Jane! There have been other incarantions, of course, but it's this classic material that strikes at the very heart of Good Girl Art. Sheena: Queen of the Jungle issues #5-10 (Summer 1949 to 1950) of the original titles from Fiction House.

$47.99

Got this in the mail yesterday. Sure, it's repetitive, but the genver conventions that bleed through keep me enthralled.

ROYAL BLOOD (HC)

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writer: ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

Art/Cover: DONGZI LUI

A shocking tale of betrayal, lust and warring kingdoms, from acclaimed creator Alexander Jodorowsky! Wounded, betrayed and left for dead, King Alvar returns to his kingdom to regain his stolen throne. Hungry for revenge, Alvar finds himself in the middle of a bloody political game for power. To keep his throne he must crush his enemies who would destroy him with their machinations.  But his own horrific appetites may prove his undoing!

 $16.99

Somebody should really point out is that "royal blood" usually leads to is hemophilia.

SIMPSONS WINTER WINGDING #9

Publisher: BONGO COMICS

Writer: MAX DAVISON & Various

Art: PHIL ORTIZ

Cover: JASON HO

Springfield is hit by the biggest snowstorm in history and becomes buried under 20 feet of snow. See how the citizens thrive and survive by building an intricate system of tunnels to help them go about their daily lives. Then, there must have been some magic in that new cosmic ray that Prof. Frink invented, because once he points it at Bart's snowman the juvenile jokester has a brand-new friend named Snowmer! And when Comic Book Guy unearths a videotape recording of the nearly forgotten 1979 Radioactive Man Holiday Special you'll be wishing the yuletide classic was but a distant holiday memory, never to be revisited!

$4.99

SLEEPY HOLLOW #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: MARGUERITE BENNETT, NOELLE STEVENSON

Art: JORGE COELHO, NOELLE STEVENSON

Cover: PHIL NOTO

Based on the hit Fox TV show. When Ichabod begins to toy with a puzzle box Jenny acquired at Corbin's request, the box begins to toy with Ichabod: He grows cruder, crueler, and wilder the longer the box is within his keep. Can Abbie and Katrina solve the mystery of the puzzle box before all that is good in Ichabod is lost forever? Featuring a backshort story written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES).

$3.99

SONS OF ANARCHY #15

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: ED BRISSON

Art: MATIAS BERGARA

Cover: TONI INFANTE

After leaving Opie to take the fall for arson, Kyle Hobart paid the ultimate price: excommunicated out of the club and all tattoos marking him as a former Son burned off of his body. The only thing Kyle Hobart was left with were scars and a threat: if he ever returned to Charming, the Sons will make sure he never has a chance to make the same mistake again. Kyle Hobart is about to make that mistake.

Mature/$3.99

SPERA ASCENSION OF THE STARLESS VOL 1 (HC)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: JOSH TIERNEY

Art: GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS & Various

Cover: AFU CHAN

WHY WE LOVE IT: Eisner Award-nominated creator Josh Tierney has a gift for bringing together the best up-and-coming indie talent to illustrate the adventures of Pira and Lono, our two favorite princesses in comics! This volume marks a brand-new starting point to jump into the world of Spera, with a daring new quest that longtime fans will also love.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: SPERA is a stunningly illustrated mashup of all the best things

in life: webcomics, young-adult fantasy, retro video games, pulp adventure comics, and fairy tales. Fans of Zelda, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Frozen, Tamora Pierce, and LUMBERJANES will love this series!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The Starless Queen is plotting an invasion of Spera, and has sent the merciless General Zeal to secure its capital. Unfortunately for the Queen, her daughter, the exiled adventurer Princess Pira, and Pira's best friend Princess Lono, have discovered her plot...and will go to any lengths to stop her. Along with their friends-the fire spirit, Yonder, and the ruthless cat Chobo-Pira and Lono must set off on a perilous journey to warn the Speran King, up monster-infested mountains, through villages full of crazed warriors, and down dark tunnels walled with madness itself.

$24.99

TERRA FORMARS VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer: YU SASUGA

Art/Cover: KENICHI TACHIBANA

A new mission to Mars, Annex 1, is under way. Their mission: crucial research into the A.E. virus currently plaguing mankind. The mutant Terraformars, giant humanoid cockroaches, may hold the key to a cure. Unfortunately for the crew of the Annex 1, the Terraformars have somehow gotten on board the ship and have only one goal - total extermination! Led by Akari Hizamaru, the crew will need to rely on their superhuman powers to survive...if those powers don't kill them first!

Mature/$12.99

VICTORIAN SECRET STEAM QUEENS #1

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: BRIAN DENHAM

These proud, plucky damsels, garbed in their most elegant brass and leather finery, dare to defy danger and stoke the steampunk engines for a royal adventure!

$3.99

WISHER VOL 1: NIGEL (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: SEBASTIEN LATOUR

Art/Cover: GIULIO DE

Nigel Grant has a gift: he's very, very good at finding whatever people want for them. Thanks to that almost supernatural skill, he lives a comfortable, carefree life in London. But one day, a client and friend of his throws himself under an underground train. Shocked by the unexpected death, Nigel is soon swept into a web of intrigue, deception, and death as he realizes that suicide and the subsequent incidents all revolve around one person: him

$11.95

XIII MYSTERY VOL 1: MONGOOSE (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: XAVIER DORISON

Art/Cover: RALPH MEYER

He was XIII's most dogged enemy from the start, but who really was the Mongoose, that mysterious assassin-for-hire who nearly killed the amnesiac hero so many times? During an encounter between him and Kim Rowland -- an event that took place just before the start of the XIII series -- the merciless hitman tells the story of his childhood and how he became a contract killer. "Anyone would have in my circumstances," he claims. But would they? You be the judge.

$15.95

YU YU HAKUSHO VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: YOSHIHIRO TOGASHI

Yusuke Urameshi was just another street punk until he died in an unexpected act of self-sacrifice... and came back.  Now he's the Underworld's official supernatural detective, charged with keeping the peace between the mortal and immortal realms. That peace has been shattered.  A gang of demons called the Four Beasts is infecting humanity with a swarm of nasty supernatural brain bugs. The only way to control the bugs is with an enchanted whistle... and the only way to the whistle is straight through the Four Beasts!  Yusuke and his fellow delinquent Kuwabara have descended into the Underworld to do a little exterminating, but two human teenagers can't take down the toughest demonic criminals on the supernatural plane!  Good thing they've got backup...

SC, 5x7, 208pg, b&w

$7.95

ZOMBIE TRAMP #4

Writers: DAN MENDOZA, JASON MARTIN

Art/Cover: TMCHU

32pgs / Mature Readers / FC / $3.99 (reg), $4.99 (var)

The new hit series concludes its first gonzo story arc with a battle royale at the Grand Canyon!

Our undead anti-heroine turned slave-bride Zombie Tramp battles “The King” for her right to shamble on down the road, and not be eternally shackled to a rotting bloated man-pig ... thankyouverymuch! Features a “risqué” variant cover limited to 2,000 copies!

 

I think every young lad at some point in his life aspires to being the "Harem King." It's just a phase, you'll outgrow it.
 

I knew I had passed a certain milestone in life the first time I thought about a harem and thought, "How do the women feel about it?"

 

Jughead is ruined because some guy named Fred Mirth took off and left him holding the bag? Does Fred have a wife named Ethel?

Predator: Fire & Stone #2; I'll have to wait until all the 'Fire & Stone' issues (Aliens, AvP, Predator & Prometheus) to link everything together, but I am enjoying it so far.
Terminator Salvation-The Final Battle #11; now THAT is a cliffhanger!

And now, to the meat of the meal;

Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet #6; a great conclusion to the 'sequel' of the original crossover episodes.

Batman '66 The Lost Episode #1;  Holy Blackbeard's Treasure, Caped Crusader! (and YES, I said it), This was worth the $9.99. Truly a lost diamond that all Bat-fans would appreciate. My only question would be, What guest-star at the time would make a worth Two-Face?

Captain Comics said:

Are there really sufficient numbers of Final Fantasy players willing to part with $75 to buy these three books? 

Most assuredly. Final Fantasy is one of the most popular video game franchises going, and the buying power of video game fans is quite high. I'm more worried about $50 Red Star book coming out. A marginally successful comic that hasn't been seen in about a decade.

But does it bother anybody who isn't a copy editor that the Earth-4 in this issue, like all the other earths in Multiversity, is hyphenated, whereas Earth 2 is not?

Maybe if I paid attention the names of each Earth being explored it would bother me, but I don't, so ii doesn't.

What made this cover one toke over the line? I just don't see where the outrage comes from, outrage that has been utterly absent so far.

Slow news day so The Beat or Bleeding Cool decided to report on it? Then people who are constantly waiting to be outraged took the bait.

Isn't "riding the dragon" a euphemism for heroin use? Just asking. That girl doesn't appear to need any help getting high.

That would be "chasing the dragon"

 

Earth 2 might not be hyphenated to avoid people confusing it with the pre-Crisis Earth-2.

Captain Comics said:
Roman Legionnaire vampire -- raises a zillion questions I'd love answered!

Some of the oldest legends of vampires came from Rome. Two fight over a Roman soldier coming home from the front and are both destroyed when the sunlight hits them. They called them striges or strix, which in Greek means owl. Dungeons and Dragons referred to them as birds but original artwork made them look somewhat like huge vaguely anthropomorphic mosquitos.

I noticed the Fred Mirth/Fred Mertz similarity too, Ron. I don't recall Mirth existing before this iteration of Life with Archie, so it seems unlikely the creators would be unaware of the similarity. (Then again, I'm much older than today's creators -- perhaps they didn't grow up with I Love Lucy reruns!)

It's possible the name was used to create a reason for Mirth's company's motto: "The Mirth of a Nation." That pun on the famous movie was also used in Archie's early days as the series motto. Maybe that's all it is.

I'd think so except Archie already has a character with the name Fred, Archie's father, so it seems strange they'd have a second character with the same first name unless it's to parody something. And I Love Lucy reruns are still airing. Me TV runs them, but they have to substitute Here's Lucy episodes here because another station has local rights to I Love Lucy.

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