BOOM! STUDIOS

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER VOL 9 TPB

DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES VOL 3 HC

FAITHLESS III #3

MAGIC: HIDDEN PLANESWALKER #1 (OF 4)

Story: Mairghread Scott | Art: Fabiana Mascolo | Covers: Karen S. Darboe, Miguel Mercado, Awanqi, Yanick Paquette, Junggeun Yoon | $4.99

BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro Inc. and in partnership with Wizards of the Coast LLC, announced today a first look at MAGIC: THE HIDDEN PLANESWALKER #1, the first issue in a brand new four-issue comic book series from comic book and screenwriter Mairghread Scott (Transformers, Guardians of the Galaxy), artist Fabiana Mascolo (Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse), colorist Francesco Segala (All-New Firefly) with Gloria Martinelli, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about the deadly Liliana Vess and the hidden planeswalker she discovers who will change the fate of the entire multiverse forever.

While our heroes have many dangers to face throughout the multiverse, the powerful Necromancer Liliana Vess returns to her new home as a professor at the greatest college of magic in the Multiverse. But she doesn’t return alone. Sensing the presence of a distant planeswalker calling for help … one with the power to save, or destroy, entire planes, puts her on a collision course with the diabolical machinations of the Tezzeret, the Master of Metal …

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POWER RANGERS #18

VAMPIRE SLAYER (BUFFY) #1

Story: Sarah Gailey | Art: Irene Flores | Covers: Goñi Montes, Francesco Francavilla, Bex Glendining, Christian Ward, Mike del Mundo | $4.99

BOOM! Studios is proud to announce THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, a brand new comic book series from the universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. From the creative team of award-winning author Sarah Gailey (Eat The Rich, Magic for Liars) and artist Irene Flores (Just Beyond), a new era for the Chosen One launches as she faces an impossible choice and a danger so powerful it threatens the lives of everyone and everything she holds dear.

After the events of the past few years, fighting against the forces of evil nonstop, Buffy Summers finds herself succumbing to the burden of bearing the Slayer mantle. To help his Slayer, Rupert Giles risks turning to chaos magic, and with Willow’s help, they attempt a spell to remove the trauma from Buffy’s psyche. But the effects backfire and leave Buffy unable to remember her past or her purpose! With Sunnydale under attack, a surprising new Slayer must rise to protect the world, while Buffy’s friends race against the clock to restore her true self before it’s too late …

Sarah Gailey is a Hugo Award-winning and bestselling author of speculative fiction, short stories, and essays. They have been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for multiple years running. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published by Tor Books in 2019. Their most recent novel, The Echo Wife, and first original comic book series with BOOM! Studios, Eat the Rich, are available now. Their shorter works and essays have been published in Mashable, The Boston Globe, Vice, Tor.com, and the Atlantic. Their work has been translated into seven different languages and published around the world.

“I am thrilled and honored to be writing stories in the universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! This iconic property helped to draw me and many of my peers and colleagues into the worlds of action and horror, and I hope my run will continue pushing the boundaries of what a monster-fighting story can be,” said Gailey. “I can’t wait to bring a whole new set of adventures to Buffy fans everywhere.”

Irene Flores is an illustrator, occasional author, karaoke aficionado and full-time coffee drinker. Growing up in the Philippines, she was heavily influenced by both Japanese animation and American comics. She currently lives and works in San Luis Obispo, CA, and her goals for the future include creating another graphic novel, participating in an escape room, and eating a Monte Cristo sandwich.

“Welcome to a new era for the Buffy Summers you’ve come to know and love over the past several years, as the incredibly talented Sarah Gailey, Irene Flores, and Ed Dukeshire take our Slayer, her allies, and enemies in a bold new direction,” said Elizabeth Brei, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Hidden secrets, familiar faces, new threats, and mysterious plots are unveiled in the can’t-miss premiere of this series that fans of the VAMPIRE SLAYER won’t want to miss! ”

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DARK HORSE COMICS

ASSASSIN’S CREED: VALHALLA — FORGOTTEN MYTHS #2

BLACK HAMMER REBORN #11

COLLECTOR UNIT 731 #1

Story: Will Conrad, Rod Monteiro | Art/Cover: Will Conrad | $3.99

A man can go by many names, and when someone has been around as long as Michael, he can gain more than just a few aliases. Now he's Michael Smith, but back in the 1940s he went by James. When the obituary for John, who Michael met during WWII, comes up in the paper, Michael finds himself reflecting on a lifetime he left behind — and the horrors and experimentation he, John and others, endured at the infamous Manchuria-based Japanese facility known as Unit 731.

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CROWS HC

Story: Anders Fager | Art/Cover: Peter Bergting | $19.99

When Kim inherits her grandparents' house in rural Sweden, there are still notes posted everywhere. Reminders. And drawings. Of the monsters that haunt this house and the land. But the monsters are in Kim's head too, in the traumatic memories of an unsettling upbringing. Dive into this stunning graphic novel full of darkness, reconciliation and exploration of the self.

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ETHER OMNIBUS TPB

HALO ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

343 Industries | HC $49.99, Deluxe $99.99

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE HALO UNIVERSE

In the 26th century, humanity relentlessly continues its fight for survival, an enduring conflict set against the enigmatic backdrop of the ancient ringworld known as Halo. Spanning eons of time and immeasurable light years in space, the Halo Encyclopedia, presented by Dark Horse Books and 343 Industries, encompasses two decades of epic storytelling with stunning, never-before-seen art and the most comprehensive and detailed exploration yet of Halo's myriad characters, mysterious worlds, and incredible technologies.

Halo's universe is vast in scale and intricate in detail, illuminating vibrant stories filled with bold characters, breathtaking worlds, and thrilling conflicts. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Halo, Dark Horse and 343 Industries have joined forces to deliver the most definitive guide to Halo ever conceived.

The Halo Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition answers some of the Halo universe’s greatest mysteries, making it only natural that it be encased within a Forerunner cylix — an enigmatic device built to hold many of their civilization’s safeguarded secrets! The Deluxe Edition also comes with an exclusive cover and lithograph.

  • Could come in handy, now that the Halo TV show has debuted.

PEARL VOL 2 TPB

STRANGER THINGS: KAMCHATKA #2

WE ONLY KILL EACH OTHER TPB

WINDMAKER VOL 1 TPB

Story: Roye Okupe | Art: Sunkanmi Akinboye | Cover: Godwin Akpan | $19.99

The West African nation of Atala is thrust into an era of unrest and dysfunction after their beloved president turns vicious dictator. With the country on the brink of civil war, the WindMaker — an ancient hero of the Atalians-mysteriously returns in what appears to be an effort to save his people. The only problem is that his spirit is reincarnated into the last person anyone expects to help-the president's head of security!

"Our mission is and always has been about empowering African creatives and storytelling." — Roye Okupe

  • OGN, I think.

 

DC COMICS

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD'S FINEST #2

BATMAN: THE KNIGHT #4 (OF 10)

BLUE & GOLD #8 (OF 8)

CATWOMAN #42

CATWOMAN: LONELY CITY #3 (OF 4)

DCEASED: DEAD PLANET TPB

EARTH-PRIME #2 (OF 6)

FLASH #781

INFINITE FRONTIER HC

NICE HOUSE ON THE LAKE #8 (OF 12)

NIGHTWING #91

REFRIGERATOR FULL OF HEADS #6 (OF 6)

ROBINS #6 (OF 6)

SANDMAN BOOK 2 TPB

SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU? #115

TRIAL OF THE GODS: WONDER GIRL #2

  • Originally Wonder Girl #7

WONDER WOMAN: EVOLUTION #6 (OF 8)

 

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

HELL SONJA #4

JENNIFER BLOOD #7

JOHN CARTER OF MARS #1

Story: Chuck Brown | Art: George Kambadais | Covers: Junggeun Yoon, Joseph Michael Linsner, Jonathan Case, George Kambadais, Cosplay | Teen+ | $3.99

Soldier. Outcast. Husband. Hero. Award-winning author CHUCK BROWN (Bitter Root, Aquamen) and dynamic illustrator GEORGE KAMBADAIS (Firefly) present a bold sci-fi vision of a classic titan!

It is the year 1919. An asteroid of pure Ninth hurtles towards Earth. Its teeming power slowly melds the people of Earth to Mars, and Mars to Earth. John Carter is RIPPED from everything he knows, powerless and confused, suddenly in battle with Martian Apes ... in Virginia.

Strap in for full-octane adventure every month ... in JOHN CARTER OF MARS!

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  • Was Dejah Thoris not selling well enough? I thought she'd replaced John Carter for good.
  • She's still the cover girl on two out of five covers.

PATHFINDER: FUMBUS ONE-SHOT

Story: Fred Van Lente | Art/Cover: Tom Garcia | $25.99

Leaping from the pages of your favorite Pathfinder Adventure Path, Fumbus, the Alchemist Goblin undertakes an epic adventure in his own comic book! This story by Fred Van Lente celebrates all things Goblin and delivers a tale that is exclusive for the first time in the direct market. And within the pages is brand new Pathfinder playable content including New Magic Items, Fumbus Stat Block & Background, and Rules for Making Traps Out of Alchemy Items!

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IDW PUBLISHING

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC SEASON 10 VOL 3 TPB

STAR TREK: FERENGI

Story: Christina Rice | Art/Cover: Andy Price | $7.99

Dive deeper into the world of Star Trek with another extra-long issue focusing on the memorable aliens of the franchise!

This month: Follow Quark on an unforgettable adventure to Ferenginar, where mother, brother and brother challenge the very core beliefs of Ferengi culture. Witness Ferengi history change forever in this can't-miss issue!

  • One-shot

STAR TREK YEAR FIVE VOL 4: EXPERIENCED IN LOSS TPB

TMNT: THE ARMAGEDDON GAME PRE-GAME

TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS ANNUAL 2022

Story/Art: Various | Cover: Ryan Miller | $5.99

This collection of three stories centers on the characters we know and love from the IDW Transformers: Beast Wars series with some fun surprises and adventures. Featuring fantastic creative teams and wonderful art from Phillip Johnson, Sam Maggs, David Mariotte, Nick Marino and more!  This annual is a fun glimpse into the Cybertronian's lives outside of their main series adventures.

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IMAGE COMICS

ARROWSMITH #4

BOLERO #4

DECORUM HC

DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH VOL 3 TPB

GOOD ASIAN #10

GRRL SCOUTS: STONE GHOST #6

HOME SICK PILOTS #14

ICE CREAM MAN #29

KILLADELPHIA #21

THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE WAR ON WEED ONE-SHOT

Fan-favorite creators Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan & Scott Koblish reform Voltron (metaphorically only) from their days on Deadpool (also not appearing) to tell a true story and lost chapter from the nation’s sad and failed war on drugs.

"I am always game to stir up some comic book silliness with Koblish and Duggan," said Posehn. "With our 4/20 adventures of Scotch McTiernan, we might have outdone ourselves. 'Eighties references, ultra violence and high jokes-per-page rate is our wheelhouse. We leveled our wheelhouse this time. Check it out!"

The year is 1985. The First Lady decides to crush Northern California cannabis farmers and deploys the biggest tool in the armed forces: Scotch McTiernan (collectible first of many hilarious appearances). “If it weeds … we can kill it.” Scotch puts his boots on the ground in Humboldt and does what he does best — but what happens when he gets high for the first time?

Duggan added: "My most hilarious and messed-up comics have been collaborations with Scott and Brian, and this is our funniest and most screwed up comic yet. If you like '80s action comedy, alternate histories of the United States, and are marijuana-curious, then this comic is for you."

This one-shot has it all: laughs, tears, heart, action — plus, an activity page! A portion of the proceeds from this comic will be donated to organizations dedicated to helping casualties of America’s immoral drug war.

"I’m proud to be getting together again with two of the craziest minds in comics and comedy!" said Koblish. "If you’ve enjoyed the work we've done together you’ll know that we pack every page with humor, action and manic adventure — and this comic doesn’t disappoint! I can’t wait for everyone to check out this book and take a hefty swig of Scotch!"

SLUMBER #2

SPAWN ORIGINS VOL. 21 TPB

VINYL TPB

WALKING DEAD DELUXE #37

 

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING FANTASY TREASURY EDITION TPB

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BEYOND VOL 3 TPB

AVENGERS #55

CAPTAIN AMERICA #0

Story: Tochi Onyebuchi, Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing  | Art: Mattia De Iulis | Steve Rogers Cover By Alex Ross | Sam Wilson Cover By Alex Ross | Wraparound Variant Cover By Mark Brooks | Letters: Vc’s Joe Caramagna | Teen+ | $4.99

This year marks a new age of Captain America with the launch of two Captain America ongoing titles. Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and Marvel Stormbreaker artist Carmen Carnero will tell the adventures of Steve Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY while writer Tochi Onyebuchi and Marvel Stormbreaker artist R.B. Silva will see Sam Wilson soar as Captain America once again in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH. The journeys of both shield bearers will begin in April’s CAPTAIN AMERICA #0 where they will team up after an explosive attack by Arnim Zola. Right now, fans get a first look at the opening battle in CAPTAIN AMERICA #0 in a new action-packed preview, featuring artwork by Mattia De Iulis!!

“You can see in the #0 issue that we're getting to play with our favorite scientist, Arnim Zola, THE BIO-FANATIC!” Kelly told CBR in an exclusive interview. “That's a really fun touchstone for us, but what we wanted to do is introduce a new cast of villains. These villains pulling the strings have their own personalities and motivations and they command a force unlike any Captain America has ever seen. That includes lieutenants, generals and power players. They are critical players in the history of the Marvel Universe, American history, and the world history of the last hundred years.

“We're giving those characters individual identities that will allow them to stand on their own. So, if and when we do bring in some more of these legacy villains, we want them to be able to stand toe-to-toe with Doctor Doom. ... These will be characters that Doom also knows of and is reluctant to cross.”

“Issue #0 is effectively a conversation between Steve and Sam about what it means for both of them to be Captain America simultaneously," Lanzing explained to Entertainment Weekly. “But that conversation isn't had in a room sitting down over beers, that conversation is had while flying/holding onto the side of a massive rocket heading into the sky to obliterate all of mankind because Arnim Zola is back and he's got a bad plan."

"We've seen Sam Wilson deal with the legacy of Captain America and race in very inward terms with regards to America: What does it mean for America to accept a Black Captain America?" Onyebuchi says. "One of the things I'm teasing in my book is, what does it mean for the rest of the world to accept a Black Captain America? That's another part of the equation. If Captain America is in many ways a mimesis of America, with all the good and bad pathologies, what does that mean for the way in which America interacts with the rest of the world?"

'With our story, what we really wanted to start looking at was, how has America changed? What does it mean to be a patriot now?" Kelly added. “Cap can't turn his back on America, neither of the Caps can, because the idea is good. The core is good and worth fighting for, but both need to wrestle with what that means in the year of our Lord 2022."

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 DOCTOR STRANGE NEXUS OF NIGHTMARES #1

Story: Ralph Macchio | Art: Ibrahim Moustafa | Cover: Todd Nauck | Teen+ | $3.99

This April, fans will get to experience one of Stephen Strange’s most incredible heroic adventures in DOCTOR STRANGE: NEXUS OF NIGHTMARES #1! Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme is currently embarking on a transformative new era in the pages of DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE and the upcoming STRANGE #1, but this upcoming one-shot will journey to the past with a never-before-told saga that presents Doctor Strange at his spellbinding best!

Featuring his two most terrifying villains, Nightmare and Baron Mordo, and showcasing some of Doctor Strange’s greatest feats yet, DOCTOR STRANGE: NEXUS OF NIGHTMARES will provide a perfect entry point into the unique mystical world of Doctor Strange. Expertly crafted by legendary Marvel great Ralph Macchio and rising star artist Ibrahim Mostafa, this epic tale also promises to dazzle longtime fans of the iconic character with a fascinating venture into the dream realm that you won’t want to wake up from!

Nightmare has invaded Doctor Strange’s dreams and turned them into terrible nightmares! These dark feelings now inhabit every fiber of Doctor Strange’s waking life and has left him weak and unable to protect the realm. Now, Baron Mordo and Nightmare are ready to strike. Can Stephen shake Nightmare’s grip over him? Or will the world be lost to Nightmare’s dream realm forever!

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FCBD 2022 AVENGERS X-MEN #1

FCBD 2022 SPIDER-MAN VENOM #1

HULK #6

Story: Donny Cates | Art/Cover: Ryan Ottley | Variant: Alex Maleev | Teen+ | $3.99

The first arc of Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley’s mind-blowing Hulk saga will reach its epic climax as Bruce Banner’s control over Starship Hulk slips…and something much worse takes the wheel. The new threat that emerges promises to smash the HULK mythos to its core and fuel Bruce Banner’s rage for the foreseeable future. Known only as TITAN, fans can see a new glimpse of this force of destruction on a newly revealed HULK #6 variant cover by acclaimed artist Alex Maleev.

“This new threat is basically the Hulk’s Knull, but just like Donny and Ryan’s run on HULK overall, it’s crazier and more dangerous than you can imagine,” Editor Wil Moss said. “The heroes of the Marvel Universe may think Hulk is the problem, but he’s not — THIS is the problem. And after HULK #6, there’s no stopping it …”

  • I'm still tradewaiting an Immortal Hulk omnibus, so I'm way behind on this character and have no idea what any of this means.

INFERNO HC

MARVEL MULTIVERSE RPG PLAYTEST RULEBOOK TPB

REIGN OF X VOL 11 TPB

SAVAGE SHE-HULK OMNIBUS HC

SHANG-CHI #11

SPIDER-GWEN GWENVERSE #2

WOLVERINE #20

Story: Benjamin Percy | Art/Cover: Adam Kubert | Variant: Tyler Kirkham

Wolverine’s ongoing series returns this April with more thrills by the same all-star creative team, writer Benjamin Percy and artist Adam Kubert. The duo of masterful Wolverine storytellers have been delivering non-stop action-packed adventures in what is shaping up to be one of the greatest Wolverine runs in recent history. Now in the aftermath of X LIVES OF WOLVERINE/X DEATHS OF WOLVERINE, they’re back to take the character on some of his most brutal missions yet. And this time, Deadpool is coming along for the ride!

Deadpool was the king of Staten Island — now he wants to be an honorary citizen of Krakoa. Wolverine just wants him to shut up. But when Deadpool uncovers a dangerous plot that could mean doom for the mutants’ safe haven, it’s going to take a titanic team-up of the Best There Is and the Merc with a Mouth to quell the threat. But that doesn’t mean Logan has to like it. Featuring Wolverine and Deadpool at their most savage plus the return of a fan-favorite X-character to the Krakoan era!

“For 10 weeks, the X LIVES OF WOLVERINE/X DEATHS OF WOLVERINE will take readers on an epic, time-shredding adventure that sets up the next era of the mutant books: Destiny of X. How do you follow up something like that? You keep raising the bar higher. Readers will not only experience a non-stop thrill ride, starting in April, but a kickoff story that is as irreverent and hilarious as it is heart-bruised,” Percy promises. “We've been teasing Deadpool for some time now, and he's bullying his way into the pages of Wolverine for a wild (and reluctant) team-up that feels like some cousin to Midnight Run and The Fugitive. Get ready for more Maverick mayhem, more CIA spycraft, and more DANGER (yes, you read that right) at every turn.”

“Every time a new character or storyline is introduced in WOLVERINE, it feels like a fresh start and an opportunity for Ben and me to reinvent the wheel,” Kubert said. “WOLVERINE #20 is no exception with one exception. Deadpool's not a new character. Having drawn him before (most recently on the cover to DEADPOOL BLACK WHITE AND BLOOD #1), I feel more like I'm visiting an old friend. Things change, yes, but our relationship stays the same. For me, DEADPOOL remains one of MARVEL's greatest characters. Featuring him alongside WOLVERINE doesn't get any better and I hope (and think) you'll feel the same … Bub!”

“I know this is impossible to fathom, but Adam Kubert has never been better,” Percy said of his legendary collaborator. “His mind-blowing layouts — including a motorcycle action sequence for the ages — are beyond comparison.

“Without giving away any spoilers, this is going to be an explosive and complicated year for the mutants,” Percy added. “You'll soon learn how the future of Krakoa (and mutantkind) is in peril, and Wolverine will of course be at the center of it all, slashing and hacking away.”

Wolverine and Deadpool. When these two get together, what force in the Marvel Universe would dare get in their way?

  • This isn't a first issue, but it's being marketed like all the other new X-books that are first issues. Maybe Marvel considers this the first issue of Wolverine in the Second Krakoan Age, i.e. "Destiny of X."

X-FORCE EPIC COLLECTION: ZERO TOLERANCE TPB

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS: FIRST ISSUES

2000 AD SCI-FI SPECIAL 2021 ONE-SHOT

Story/Art: Various | Rebellion/2000 AD | $6.99

This year's 2000 AD summer special is a Dreddworld issue, featuring a series of interlinked stories starring a host of characters — Judge Dredd meets up with Cursed Earth Koburn in "Biohazard” by Mike Carroll and Ben Willsher, while over in Oz Chopper is a wanted man in "Dreamgazer" by David Baillie and Tom Foster, and Armitage seeks out Devlin Waugh in Brit-Cit in "Natural Fern Killer" by Liam Johnson and Robin Smith. Plus Anderson deals with a paranormal threat, scripted by Maura McHugh, and Hondo-Cit Judge Inaba has trouble on her turf, scripted by Karl Stock!

  • "Special 2021 one-shot"? COVID delay I expect, but wow.

ALICE IN KYOTO FOREST VOL 1 GN

Story: Mai Mochizuki | Art: Haruki Niwa | Tokyopop | All Ages | 192 pages | $12.99

Orphaned at a young age, Alice has lived with her aunt for most of her childhood. But her uncle is abusive and resentful, and at 15 Alice decides to return home to Kyoto and train as a maiko, eventually hoping to become a geisha.

But when she arrives back to her birth place, she finds that Kyoto has changed quite a bit in the eight years since she left it. Almost as if it's a completely different world ...

  • If you took all the comics that lifted off of Lewis Carroll's famous Wonderland books and put them end to end, they'd stretch to the moon and back. It's science!

COROLLARY #1 (OF 4)

Story: Adam Rose | Art/Cover: Robert Ahmad | Variant: Vanesa Del Ray | Source Point Press | $3.99

In a galaxy filled with twin moons, twin suns, and twin planets, everything comes in twos. Even the people. And if your twin dies ... so do you. This is the way it's always been. So, when Captain Andromeda's twin loses her life in a far-off military battle, and Captain Andromeda herself DOES NOT die, needless to say, the universe demands answers. Answers that the Captain is willing to give ... to the highest bidder, of course. This is COROLLARY — a four-issue bombastic sci-fi romp.

DARK BEACH #1

Story: Michael Ruiz-Unger | Art/Cover: Sebastian Piriz | Behemoth Comics | $3.99

Earth has been drifting away from the sun for three hundred years, but that doesn't stop Gordo, a crime scene photographer living inside the dome-protected city of New Reykjav k, from dreaming about its warm glow. Is the sun as dangerous as the NRCE (New Reykjav k Corps of Engineers) led everyone to believe or will a murder rife with old sun mystery throw Gordo down a rabbit hole to find the truth?

  • Apparently in the future, a virus has wiped out all the i's, which is the only explanation I can think of for "New Reykjav k." How do you even pronounce that? And I feel sorry for Raq, Ran and Celand in this world.

DAVID BYRNE’S CANCELED #1

Story: David A Byrne | Art: Pabliku Man et al | Cover: Fredy Bardales | Scout/Black Caravan | $4.99

Black Caravan Imprint: From the writer of Stake comes the first Black Caravan Premiere title, Canceled! When washed-up kids' show host Larry finds himself replaced by Cruncho the Clown, he tries to destroy the local town television tower, but instead gets himself electrocuted … and sucked into the airwaves. Canceled crosses four eras with four different artists with unique styles including Pabliku Man, Renan Balmonte, Medmanga, and Nick Justus and incentive covers from Ed Bickford and Zu Orzu!

FREAKS & GODS VOL 2 #1

Invader Comics | $4.99

Drawing on public domain as well as new ideas, Freaks & Gods comic book is a unique blend of horror, sci-fi and adventure that you will not soon forget! Imagine the entirety of public domain comics is the multi-verse and a cosmic doorway allows you to travel to those dimensions, this is Freaks & Gods — a love letter to classic comics!

First issue

IDATEN DIETIES KNOW ONLY PEACE VOL 1 GN

Story & Art: Amahara coolkyousinnjya | Seven Seas | Older Teen (17+) | 184 pages | $13.99

Based on the original webcomic from Amahara (Interspecies Reviewers), this edgy fantasy manga with new art from coolkyousinnjya (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid) has been adapted into an anime!

It’s been 800 years since the powerful Idaten deities sealed away the demons who plagued humanity. To the foul-mouthed Hayato, a young deity, the story is mostly a myth. There’s just not much to do as he and his generation watch over humans in peace. But when the seal on the demons breaks, it’s up to Hayato and his oddball compatriots to come to humanity’s rescue! Can these misfit gods who know nothing of war rise to the challenge?

MAGIC ARTISAN DAHLIA WILTS NO MORE VOL 1 GN

Story/Art: Hisaya Amagishi Megumi Sumikawa KEI | Translation: Beni Axia Conrad | Adaptation: David Lumsdon | Lettering: Kai Kyou | 194 pages | $12.99

A woman reincarnated in a new world decides to use her talents to craft magical tools!

Reincarnated in a fantasy world, Dahlia immerses herself in the art of crafting magical items. Using knowledge from her old life and the skills her new father has taught her, she invents specialized tools, finding pleasure in everyday activities. Dahlia won’t hang her head in misery like she used to. She’s determined to enjoy her second chance at life!

RAGS: SAILOR RAGOWSKI ONE-SHOT

Story: Daquan Jenkins | Art/Cover: Luigi Teruel | Variant: Kafun | Antarctic Press | $3.99

In an alternate reality, Regina Finnegan Ragowski is a newly minted Marine stationed on Okinawa, a dream assignment for a super-weeb.  But what happens when she finds out her Japanese tutor is one of Japan's top-ranked superheroes?  And what happens when that mantle is suddenly thrust upon her?  The firing range is hot!  READY!  TARGETS!!!     

  • Is this a Sailor Moon parody? I don't know enough about Sailor Moon to say. Also, that second cover is borderline manga. 

SHAM COMICS VOL 2 #1 (OF 6)

Story: Tim Fuller | Art: Various | Source Point Press | $4.00

Weird tales of magic and mayhem from the past, present and future!

Rewritten by Tim Fuller with art by Bob Powell, Wayne Reid, Doug Wildey, Jack Kirby, and Jay Gee! Change your point of view with a dose of Sham-a-Rama. Visit a haunted house with Bozo the Robot. Tour the Fourth Dimension with some confirmed batchlors. Thrill as Conad the Aryan Barbarian battles a big ol' spider, and more!

Brought to you by the fine folks at AntiOxydol, the all-natural breakfast/ detergent, Dane Cook's Used Jokes and Mickey Mantle's Old Balls.

  • That sure is a famous cover!

TALES OF TERROR QUARTERLY: SEA OF SOULS #1 ONE-SHOT

Story: Dave Franchini, Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, David Wohl | Covers: Sean Chen, Vinz el Tabanas, Leo Matas | Zenescope | $8.99

The ocean is an enigma storing many mysteries in its vast depths. Numerous accounts of its spirits, curses and creatures of legend span through the centuries but are all chalked up as myth to those on the land. But for those who call the sea home, they know better, and when the unforgiving, salty mistress spills her secrets, they know to steer clear at all costs.

So when an opportunity comes up for several "adventurers" to escape the confines of their mundane life on land, they board a cruise that sets sail through the murky bottomless waters, on a ship said to be haunted. There they will find that some stories of the seven seas are anything but tales.

  • This issue of Tales of Terror is both a quarterly and a first issue. Come to think of it, they all are.

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS: ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS

APOLLO’S SONG OMNIBUS ED GN

Story/Art: Osamu Tezuka | Vertical Comics | $24.95

Apollo's Song follows the tragic journey of Shogo, a young man whose abusive childhood has instilled in him a loathing for love so profound he finds himself compelled to acts of violence when he is witness to any act of intimacy or affection whether by human or beast. His hate is such that the gods intervene, cursing Shogo to experience love throughout the ages ultimately to have it ripped from his heart every time. From the Nazi atrocities of World War II to a dystopian future of human cloning, Shogo loses his heart, in so doing, healing the psychological scars of his childhood hatred. Master storyteller Osamu Tezuka's Apollo's Song is a lyrical tour-de-force on the human spirit, the destruction of hate, and the triumph of love.

BOYS OF THE DEAD GN

BRAVE NEW WORLD GN

Story: Aldous Huxley | Art: Fred Fordham | Harper Collins | $24.99

Available in graphic novel form for the first time, "one of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century" (Wall Street Journal) Aldous Huxley's classic novel of authoritarianism Brave New World, adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham

Originally published in 1932, Brave New World is one of the most revered and profound works of 20th century literature. Touching on themes of control, humanity, technology and influence, Aldous Huxley's enduring classic is a reflection and a warning of the age in which it was written, yet remains frighteningly relevant today.

With its surreal imagery and otherworldly backdrop, Brave New World adapts beautifully to the graphic novel form. Fred Fordham's singular artistic flair and attention to detail and color captures this thought-provoking novel as never before, and introduces it to a new generation, and countless modern readers, in a fresh and compelling way.

CLOUD TOWN GN

Story/Art: Daniel McCloskey | Amulet Books | $14.99

In Dan McCloskey's debut graphic novel, best friends Pen and Olive live in Cloud Town, an impoverished community on Floating Island, a mysterious landmass that drifts above the earth and happens to sit dangerously close to the Rip-a tear in the fabric of the universe. While Pen is brash and brave, Olive is quiet, kind, and also fearful of bullies at school. That is, at least until the day they are nearly squashed by a Care Corp Storm Catcher, a giant android built to protect Cloud Town and the rest of Floating Island from Hurricanes, monsters that travel across the Rip. It isn't the event itself that changes the girls' relationship. It isn't the fear of death that drives them apart, or the questionable decision-making that leads Pen to drag Olive into the cab of the crashed robot. It's the fact that Olive can move the 90-foot-tall machine and Pen can't. Care Corp recruits Olive to train as a  pilot, so that she can protect Floating Island when the next attack comes. It's a role reversal, for which neither of the girls are prepared.

FLUNG OUT OF SPACE GN

Story: Grace Ellis | Illustrator: Hannah Templer | Abrams ComicArts | $24.99

A fictional and complex portrait of bestselling author Patricia Highsmith caught up in the longing that would inspire her queer classic, The Price of Salt.

 Flung Out of Space is both a love letter to the essential lesbian novel, The Price of Salt and an examination of its notorious author, Patricia Highsmith. Veteran comics creators Grace Ellis and Hannah Templer have teamed up to tell this story through Highsmith’s eyes — reimagining the events that inspired her to write the story that would become a foundational piece of queer literature. Flung Out of Space opens with Pat begrudgingly writing low-brow comics. A drinker, a smoker and a hater of life, Pat knows she can do better. Her brain churns with images of the great novel she could and should be writing — what will eventually be Strangers on a Train —  which would later be adapted into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951.

At the same time, Pat, a lesbian consumed with self-loathing, is in and out of conversion therapy, leaving a trail of sexual conquests and broken hearts in her wake. However, one of those very affairs and a chance encounter in a department store give Pat the idea for her soon-to-be beloved tale of homosexual love that was the first of its kind — it gave the lesbian protagonists a happy ending.

This is not just the story behind a classic queer book, but of a queer artist who was deeply flawed. It’s a comic about what it was like to write comics in the 1950s, but also about what it means to be a writer at any time in history, struggling to find your voice.

Author Grace Ellis contextualizes Patricia Highsmith as both an unintentional queer icon and a figure whose problematic views and noted anti-Semitism have cemented her controversial legacy. Highsmith’s life imitated her art with results as devastating as the plot twists that brought her fame and fortune.

MY BRAIN IS DIFFERENT: STORIES OF ADHD GN

Story & Art: Monzusu | Translation: Ben Trethewey | Adaptation: Shanti Whitesides | Lettering: Aila Nagamine | Seven Seas | Teen (13+) | 184 pages | $14.99

In this manga essay anthology, follow the true stories of nine people (including the illustrator) navigating life with developmental disorders and disabilities.

This intimate manga anthology is about the struggles and triumphs of individuals learning to navigate daily life with a developmental disorder. The comics follow the stories of nine people, including: a junior high dropout finding an alternate path to education; a former “troublesome” child helping kids at a support school; a so-called problem child realizing the beauty of his own unique quirks; and a man falling in love with the world with the help of a new medication. This inspiring volume illustrates their diverse anxieties and finding self-empowerment in a world not quite built with them in mind.

  • As Richard Willis says, these sorts of memoirs are probably helpful for those who identify. They just make me sad, though, so I'll pass.

LARS THE AWKWARD YETI VOL 1 TPB

Story/Art: Nick Seluk | Rocketship Entertainment | $19.99

Lars The Awkward Yeti is an ongoing gag-a-day webcomic by New York Times-bestselling author Nick Seluk. Started in 2012, the comic follows the daily life of Lars, a socially awkward blue yeti, trying to get by in day-to-day life. Lars organs, Heart & Brain, have spawned their own empire of hit books and merchandise. This is the first of a trilogy of collected editions of Lars stories, past and present, where it all started.

MIDNITE MATINEE COMICS PRESENTS: ISLAND OF LOST GORILLAS

Story/Art: Tim Fuller (A) Tim Fuller | Cover: Alexandria Monik | Source Point Press | $11.99

Sham Comics go to the movies! This B&W extravaganza is just like a night at the multiplex. It begins with a vintage "Rickey Rodent" cartoon full of violence and savagery, a chapter from the action serial "Bolt Uprite & The Crossdressers from Space," and a public serive film, "Hemp for Victory."

Be patient through all the previews and sit tight for the future presenation. "Island of Lost Gorillas" is a bromantic romcom action horror musical adventure starring the comedy duo of Harry Goombah & Gerry Wanker as a pair of familiar looking lounge singers stranded on a mysterious lost island with danger at every turn. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy!

  • You just can't have too many gorillas!

MISTER NO VOL 1: TEMPLE OF MAYA GN

Story: Guido Nolitta | Art: Roberto Diso | Cover: Michele Rubini | Epicenter Comics | $17.99

Mister No, an adventurer and a reluctant hero, guides the archaeological expedition of Professor Warren and Patricia Rowland, along with a colorful group of friends, into the heart of Amazon jungle in search of the mysterious temple. Mister No is another classic from the Italy's legendary creator Sergio Bonelli (Guido Nolitta)!

PROJECTOR AND ELEPHANT GN

Art: Seth | New York Review Comics | $49.95

Two surreal graphic novels about technology, corporatization and alienation in the modern world by a cult-favorite comics innovator.

In 1968, the British artist and writer Martin Vaughn-James emigrated to Canada. Over the next eight years, he proceeded to produce some of the most mesmerizing and inventive works in comics, light years ahead of his contemporaries. Among them were Elephant and The Projector, linked graphic novels that guide the reader (and a bespectacled Everyman) through landscapes built out of both the everyday and the nightmarish. Jam-packed superhighways, plummeting horses, vast urban wastelands, colossal businessmen, demented cartoon animals, and interstellar oranges are just a small part of Vaughn-James's prophetic vision of society's turn away from the natural world to the artificial.

Together for the first time in a single volume, designed and edited by Seth and with an introduction by Jeet Heer, Elephant and The Projector stand as a reminder that we have yet to catch up to Vaughn-James.

RED SCARE GN

Story/Art/Cover: Liam Francis Walsh | Graphix | $14.99

A page-turning sci-fi adventure set in 1953, featuring a clever girl who, against all odds, must outsmart bullies, the FBI, and alien invaders during the height of the communist Red Scare.

Peggy is scared: She's struggling to recover from polio and needs crutches to walk, and she and her neighbors are worried about the rumors of Communist spies doing bad things. On top of all that, Peggy has a hard time at school, and gets taunted by her classmates. When she finds a mysterious artifact that gives her the ability to fly, she thinks it's the solution to all her problems. But if Peggy wants to keep it, she'll have to overcome bullies, outsmart FBI agents, and escape from some very strange spies!

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

"Red Scare is a brilliant, fast-paced adventure. Action, history, and a tiny bit of fantasy collide in eye-popping panels, loaded with heart." — Max Brallier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth series

  • Is that Mr. X? How did he get here from Radiant City?

SICK GN

TWO HEADS: A GRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF HOW HOW OUR BRAINS WORK WITH OTHER BRAINS

Story: Uta Frith, Chris Frith | Art: Daniel Locke | Rebellion/2000 AD | $30.00

Professors and husband-and-wife team Uta and Chris Frith have pioneered major studies of brain disorders throughout their nearly fifty-year career. Here, in Two Heads, their distinguished careers serve as a prism through which they share the compelling story of the birth of neuroscience and their paradigm-shifting discoveries across areas as wide-ranging as autism and schizophrenia research, and new frontiers of social cognition including diversity, prejudice, confidence, collaboration, and empathy.

  • Well, two heads are better than one. (Rimshot)

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS: MANGA

100 GIRLFRIENDS WHO REALLY LOVE YOU VOL 2 GN

2 POINT 5 DIMENSIONAL SEDUCTION VOL 2 GN

AKASHIC RECORDS OF BASTARD MAGICAL INSTRUCTOR VOL 14 GN

ARIFURETA COMMONPLACE TO STRONGEST VOL 8 GN

ASADORA VOL 5 GN

ASSASSIN'S CREED: DYNASTY VOL 2

Story: Xu Xian Zhe / Zhang Xiao | Tokyopop | Teen | 176 pages | $14.99

Xu Xianzhe and Zhang Xiao's Assassin's Creed Dynasty is a brand-new original story set in the long-running historical fantasy video game series about ruthless assassins, clandestine cults and political intrigue. Mystery, historical fantasy and wuxia style action sequences come together in this exciting new manhua series. Featured as a gold title for Free Comic Book Day 2021!

In the 14th year of the Tianbao Era (CE 755) An Lushan, a military governor with ties to the Order of the Ancients, leads his elite corps to rebel against the Tang Dynasty, and the ill-prepared Tang empire falters under the threat. The two capitals Luoyang and Chang’an fall and China falls under the oppression of the cruel An Lushan.

As the Tang dynasty starts to crumble, Li E, a shady Assassin trained by the Hidden Ones in the far West, teams up with Tang loyalists to turn the tide and save both the dynasty and the country from this crisis.

ATTACK ON TITAN OMNIBUS VOL 4 (VOL 10-12) TPB

BITE MAKER KINGS OMEGA VOL 4 GN

BRIDE’S STORY VOL 13 HC

CALL TO ADVENTURE: DEFEATING DUNGEONS WITH SKILL BOARD VOL 4 GN

CASE FILES OF JEWELER RICHARD VOL 2 GN

CAT IN A HOT GIRLS’ DORM VOL 2 GN

DEMON GIRL NEXT DOOR VOL 5 GN

DON’T TOY WITH ME MISS NAGATORO VOL 10 GN

EDEN’S ZERO VOL 12 GN

GIGANT VOL 7 GN

GREAT JAHY WILL NOT BE DEFEATED VOL 2 GN

HAGANAI I DON’T HAVE MANY FRIENDS VOL 20 GN

HARUKANA RECEIVE VOL 10 GN

KAGEKI SHOJO VOL 5 GN

KNIGHT OF ICE VOL 10 GN

LEVEL 1 DEMON LORD AND ONE ROOM HERO GN VOL 4 GN

MAGIKA: SWORDSMAN & SUMMONER VOL 15 GN

MORTAL INSTRUMENTS VOL 5 GN

NECROMANCE VOL 3 GN

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: MIRROR MOON #5

NO. 5 VOL 4 GN

NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY FURI SAN IS SCARY VOL 3 GN

OVERLORD UNDEAD KING OH VOL 7 GN

RAGNA CRIMSON VOL 5 GN

RECORD RAGNAROK VOL 2 GN

RENT A GIRLFRIEND VOL 12 GN

SAILOR MOON ETERNAL EDITION CODENAME SAILOR V VOL 2

SAVIORS BOOK CAFE STORY IN ANOTHER WORLD VOL 2 GN

SEVEN DEADLY SINS MANGA BOX SET VOL 2

SEVEN DEADLY SINS OMNIBUS GN VOL 3

STRANGE ADVENTURE OF BROKE MERCENARY VOL 3 GN

TAMAMO-CHAN’S A FOX VOL 5 GN

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS: YOUNG READERS

ARU SHAH & END OF TIME GN

BIG ALIEN MOON CRUSH TPB

BLACK PANTHER: SHURI & TCHALLA — INTO THE HEARTLANDS HC

CAUTIONARY FABLES AND FAIRY TALES BOX SET

FOX & RABBIT VOL 3: FOX & RABBIT CELEBRATE GN

MISS QUINCES GN

SUPER SIDEKICKS VOL 3: TRIAL OF HEROES GN

THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS AND OTHER NORTH AMERICAN STORIES TPB

Story/Art: Various | Editing: Kate Aswhin, Kel McDonald, Alina Pete | Iron Circus Comics | 136 pages | Middle Grade (10-12) | B&W | $15.00

“Be careful of what you accept from spirits.”

Loup Garrou, trickster rabbits, and spirits with names that can’t be spoken — the plains and forests of North America are alive with characters like these, all waiting to meet you in this collection of folklore retold in comics!

This fifth volume of the “Cautionary Fables and Fairytales” anthology series features updated takes on ancient stories from tribes spanning the continent, bursting with bedside tales that are thrilling, chilling, and most of all inspiring. Featuring the work of JORDAAN ARLEDGE, MAIJA AMBROSE PLAMONDON, MILO APPLEJOHN, and more!

PRAISE FOR WOMAN IN THE WOODS AND PREVIOUS SERIES VOLUMES

"A solid addition to most YA graphic novel collections." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (The Girl Who Married a Skull)

“Each black-and-white rendition is solid in its storytelling. An eclectic anthology sure to provoke, amuse, and entertain.” — KIRKUS (Tamamo the Fox Maiden)

"Exposes young readers to rich stories and mythologies ... alongside work from many indie creators." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Tamamo the Fox Maiden)

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS: THE REST

ALIAS BLACK & WHITE #4 (OF 7)

ANIMAL CASTLE #5

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #329

ARMORCLADS #2 (OF 5)

Creator: JJ O'Connor | Story: JJ O'Connor, Brian Buccellato | Pencils: Manuel Garcia | Inks: Raül Fernández | Colors: Jordie Bellaire | Letters: Dave Sharpe | Covers: Bagus Hutomo, Livio Ramondelli, Bagus Hutomo, Ikhwan Walliyuddin | 32 pages | Teen+ | $3.99

Looking for answers about what happened with Sgt. Troy, the Major and his Armorclads remove the Ironclads from Outpost 12, taking Peris in for questioning and reassigning the others. But with the remaining Ironclads en route to a new outpost, the deadly Legionnaires strike, leaving Lela and her friends caught in the crossfire.

The next exciting chapter for the newest members of the Valiant Universe hits with ARMORCLADS #2!

What happens after a mission goes completely FUBAR? With Sam and SGT Troy dead, the Major is determined to get to the bottom of what went wrong in Outpost 12. With the Outpost split up, the fates of several Ironclad workers hang in the balance as the mystery of Alpharon continues to build. Can our disenfranchised heroes claim agency and take back some measure of control?

BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #11

CAT SHIT VOL 3 #3 (OF 3)

CLASSIC PULP ROBOTS

COVER OF DARKNESS #4

CRIMSON CAGE #5 (OF 5)

FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS: IDIOTS ABROAD & OTHER FOLLIES HC

By Gilbert Shelton & Paul Mavrides | Fantagraphics | 160 pages | B&W | $19.99

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers are the most iconic and enduring underground comix characters ever created, having sold over 45 million comics in 16 languages. Fantagraphics is proud to announce that it is collecting all their drug-addled adventures in a new series of four volumes under the series title The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Follies with the first volume being The Idiots Abroad and Other Follies. The Freak Brothers will also find a new audience in their upcoming animated series starring the voices of Woody Harrelson, Pete Davidson, John Goodman and Tiffany Haddish.

Created in 1968 by Gilbert Shelton, widely recognized as one of the funniest cartoonists who ever lived, the Freak Brothers’ rollicking and hilariously self-destructive escapades are comedic masterpieces of farce and satire. Our first volume leads off with “The Idiots Abroad,” a relentless novel-length tour de force of slapstick and screwball humor, showing off Shelton’s gift for weaving together an intricate plot with droll dialogue and pitch-perfect visual timing.

The Brothers — Freewheelin’ Franklin, Phineas, and Fat Freddy — embark on a trip to Colombia to score some cheap dope (their guiding principle) but, as always, things go awry, and they are separated and scattered around the world — to Scotland, Moscow, Africa, South America and the Middle East — where they encounter nuclear terrorists, slavers, pirates and religious fanatics, yet somehow never seem to make it to Bogotá. The Comics Journal named “The Idiots Abroad” as one of the “100 Greatest Comics of the Century” and The Guardian, citing its “graphic quality,” called it “astonishing” and said it “recall[s] Hergé in … accuracy and detail.” Rounding out our first volume is another 70 pages of Freak Brothers short stories.

  • I'll undoubtedly get this, but I wonder how well these stories will hold up. It's not like underground comix were super-professional to being with. In fact, most were incoherent, badly drawn trash. But Shelton was among the best, so we'll see.
  • Here's a preview.

GOLD DIGGER #287

HORROR COMICS #9

I SURVIVED THE ATTACK OF THE GRIZZLIES, 1967 VOL 5 GN

JONNA AND UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS #9

JUDGE DREDD: BLAZE OF GLORY TPB

KAIJUMAX SEASON 6 #6

KNIGHTED #5 (OF 5)

LAND OF LIVING GODS #3

LUCKY LUKE THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 5 HC

OMEGA #2 (OF 4)

PATRIOTIKA UNITED #3 (OF 3)

PRE-CODE CLASSIC ADVENTURE COMICS VOL 2

PS Artbooks | 184 Pages | Slipcase Edition: $56.99 / Bookshop Edition: $46.99 / Softie Edition: $24.99

Right back at the old Saturday morning cinema club with volume 2 of CLASSIC ADVENTURES, just take a look – there’s horror and suspense with The Black Tarantula, classic seafaring action with Moby Dick, jungle quests with the great Allan Quatermain, The New Adventures of Jack the Giant Killer and an invisible man terrorizes the English countryside! All reproduced completely from cover to cover - just like the original comic, featuring some of the best comic book talent - including Ken Battefield, Wally Wood, Harper Johnson, Pete Morisi, Lee Ames, Rafael Astarita and H.C. Kiefer.

Don't hang around for too long these beauties will only be on — until they change the show next Saturday!

This second volume collects A Feature Presentation — The Black Tarantula #5 (Fox, 1950), Moby Dick #6 (Fox, 1950), King Solomon’s Mines #1 (Avon, 1951), Jack the Giant Killer #1 (Bimfort, 1953) and The Invisible Man #1 (Nesbit Superior Stories, 1955).

  • As noted elsewhere, some of these PS Artbooks are being released out of order.

PRIMOS #3 (OF 4)

QUAD #4

SILVER AGE CLASSICS: GHOSTLY TALES VOL 1

PS Artbooks | Slipcase Edition: $56.99 / Bookshop Edition: $46.99 / Softee Edition: $24.99

Hosting this PS Artbooks volume of GHOSTLY TALES is Mr. L. Dedd (later changed to I. M. Dedd), a middle-aged gentleman with purplish skin and horns who dresses like a vampire. Mr. Dedd spins his "ghostly tales" from the parlor of his haunted house.

Ghostly Tales was part of a wave of new horror and suspense comics published by Charlton during this period. It debuted with issue #55, taking over the numbering of Blue Beetle (which itself had continued the numbering of Unusual Tales). Over the course of its 18-year run, Ghostly Tales was edited by Pat Masulli, Sal Gentile and George Wildman, with a stellar lineup of regular contributors, including Rocco Mastroserio, Steve Ditko, Ernie Bache, Charles Nicholas, Dick Giordano, Pat Boyette, Bill Ely and Rudy Palais.

This first volume features Charlton's Ghostly Tales #55-59 (April-May 1966-January 1967).

  • I remember buying Ghostly Tales #55 on the newsstand, and wondering how on earth I'd missed the first 54 issues. Oh, those more innocent days.

SILVER AGE CLASSICS: UNUSUAL TALES SLIPCASE EDITION VOL 1

PS Artbooks | 184 Pages | $56.99

UNUSUAL TALES Vol 1 is a treasure trove of science fiction, horror, suspense, fantasy and the supernatural from the jewels of 1950s comic book talent, including Bill Molno, Marc Swayze, Maurice Whitman, Charles Nicholas, Dick Giordano, Ernie Bache, Rocco Mastoserio, Vince Alascia, Tony Tallarico and Pat Musulli.

This first volume features Charlton's of Unusual Tales #1-5 (November 1955-September 1956).

SILVER AGE CLASSICS: UNUSUAL TALES VOL 3

PS Artbooks | Slipcase $56.99 / Softee $29.99

UNUSUAL TALES is from publisher Charlton, where the creative talents of Charles Nicholas, Bill Molno, Gene Colan, Max Elkan, Rocco Mastroserio, Dick Giordano, Dick Malmgren and of course Steve Ditko were given much more of a free reign and able to produce even more jewels of science fiction, horror, suspense, fantasy and supernatural tales all captured here, reproduced completely from cover to cover as they should be — just like the original comic! It's got fans worldwide absolutely drooling at the prospect of digging up this comic book treasure chest!

Collects Charlton’s Unusual Tales #11-15 (March 1958-February 1959).

  • This is starting to make sense. The regular HC was listed last week, while the slipcase and Softee are listed this week. Hence the confusion. Meanwhile, only the slipcase edition of Silver Age Classics: Unusual Tales Vol 1 is listed as shipping this week, while the HC and Softee will presumably be released next week. But all three versions of Ghostly Tales and Space Man are listed as shipping.

SILVER AGE CLASSICS: SPACE MAN VOL 1

PS Artbooks | 184 Pages | Slipcase Edition: $56.99 / Bookshop Edition: $46.99 / Softee Edition: $24.99

SPACE MAN was rocket ace Ian Stannard, who was accompanied by his 14-year-old sidekick, Space Academy student Johnny Mack. They blasted off from Cape Canaveral in their space ship, the Flyin' Jenny II. Their mission was to find and destroy what had prevented Moon exploration for the last decade. After succeeding, they continue to explore the depths of space, along with Ian's girlfriend, the famous pilot Mary Lansing.

DRIFT MARLO ran security at the 1st Strategic Aerospace Division (SAD) at a major U.S. space center, where he helped prevent interference into America's space program, often by a rival foreign power!?!

This first volume features Dell's Four Color #1253 and Space Man #2-4, (January/March 1962-May/July 1963). Bonus: Dell's Drift Marlo #1 (May/July 1962).

SPEED REPUBLIC #3

TAMMY & JINTY REMIXED TPB

WE LIVE: AGE OF PALLADIONS #2

 

MAGAZINES

CINEMA RETRO #50

CINEMA RETRO VOL 18

COMIC SHOP NEWS #1809

COMIC SHOP NEWS FCBD 2022 SPECIAL

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #565

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #572

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL

FANGORIA VOL 2 #15

JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #432

JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #434

JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #439

LOCUS #735

SCREAM MAGAZINE #67

SCREAM MAGAZINE #70

TOYROBOT MAGAZINE #5

VAMPIRESS CARMILLA MAGAZINE #9

 

BOOKS

ART OF BATMAN HC

BATMAN’S BATMAN: A MEMOIR FROM HOLLYWOOD SC

BOTTOM-TIER CHARACTER TOMOZAKI VOL 8 SC (LIGHT NOVEL)

CRUNCHYROLL ESSENTIAL ANIME SC

THE DEVIL IS A PART TIMER VOL 21 SC (LIGHT NOVEL)

DISNEY SCRIPTED CLASSICS: DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID HC

DISNEY SCRIPTED CLASSICS: LION KING

HI WEIRDO PICTUREBOOK

HOLY GRAIL OF ERIS VOL 1 SC (LIGHT NOVEL)

KONOSUBA VOL 16 SC (LIGHT NOVEL)

MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER OFFICIAL WAKANDA COOKBOOK HC

MARVEL CRISIS PROTOCOL: SHADOW AVENGERS SC (NOVEL)

MY STATUS AS ASSASSIN EXCEEDS HERO VOL 4 SC (LIGHT NOVEL)

NPC IN VILLAGE SIM GAME MUST BE REAL VOL 3 SC (LIGHT NOVEL)

A TALE OF SECRET SAINT VOL 2 SC (LIGHT NOVEL)

VEXATIONS SHUT IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS VOL 1 SC (LIGHT NOVEL)

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  • Is this a Sailor Moon parody? I don't know enough about Sailor Moon to say. Also, that second cover is borderline manga. 

It sonds as though it could be.

"This is starting to make sense."

!!!

(?)

Looks like an homage to me...

Punisher #1?

Or am I thinking of something else? Flint Henry, maybe...?

I'll tell you, I spent a not inconsiderable amount of time searching for that possibly "Zeck" homage (looks like one to me, too) from a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn't find it. 

Oh, good catch! I didn't notice how familiar that cover was. You've probably nailed the right one, although Flint Henry might have done something similar, too, with Grim Jack or elsewhere. It would not surprise me if this construction hasn't been used more than once.

I feel you on the MIke Zeck thing from a couple of weeks ago. I know I've seen that construction somewhere, but I just couldn't find it. I went through Master of Kung Fu, Captain America, even Sgt. Fury. (I had a vague recollection of Fury in New York with the buildings looming above him. I found it, but it wasn't as close a match as I'd hoped.) I searched "Mike Zeck covers" on Google Images. Ran down a couple of other blind alleys. Curses.

The figure in front: was it Spider-Man? Batman? Captain America? A soldier?

The figure dropping down from behind: Batman? Spider-Man? Wolverine? Predator? 

If not Zeck... Gulacy?

I checked Marvel Tales, too (because Zeck did a run of Punisher covers). 

Arrggh!!

GOOD ASIAN #10 - I think this is the final issue of this mini-series. A very good read.

You just can't have too many gorillas! - Let's just agree to disagree on this one.

ARMORCLADS #2 (OF 5) - The first issue was pretty good. Plus, only a five issue investment.

I'll undoubtedly get this, but I wonder how well these stories will hold up. It's not like underground comix were super-professional to being with. In fact, most were incoherent, badly drawn trash. But Shelton was among the best, so we'll see. - I've read some of these relatively recently, and I thought they were pretty bad. Just way too wordy, and not funny.

In the solicitations above Titan is described as "the Hulk's Knull".  Unlikely as it may seem, Knull is some sort of Venon-related character.  A deity and/or some form of interplanetary authority for symbiotes.  There was a fairly recent event or crossover revolving around its existence.

I guess this means that this new Hulk series will approach the character from an even more mystically oriented take than the previous one, and add one further "cosmic entity" to Marvel's already overloaded pantheon of superpower giving entities - Knull himself, Phoenix, and apparently now Titan as well.

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"So, given that Supes took his son's powers away in the previous issue, it's not too…"
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