Sunday, January 13, 2019

New Comics For Wednesday 16th of January


A smaller week (thank goodness) but still some really interesting titles to check out, just look at this list we've prepared for you.

Bad guys don't come much badder than Oroku Saki, the Shredder! But when they die, they go straight to hell, and that's where Saki finds himself in TMNT SHREDDER IN HELL #1. With his horrendous journey through the depths of Hell only beginning, how much of Shredder's dark soul will remain at the end of this ordeal?

In 2005, IDW Publishing brought the Transformers to new heights with their comic book universe, which came to a close in 2018, in preparation for a new comics universe in 2019. To celebrate a legendary 13 years of continuous publication, Chris McFeely and a variety of artists present TRANSFORMERS HISTORIA, the only book you need if you want to find out everything about the long-running universe. This one would be of incredible value to anyone looking to break into the comic book world of Transformers.

Known for their dark, bloody films, who better to take the reigns on Natasha Romanoff's sordid life than the Soska sisters, Jen and Sylvia? The start their run with BLACK WIDOW #1, featuring art from rising artist Flaviano. Previously murdered by someone she called a friend, the Black Widow is back from the dead, and she's got one hell of a grudge joining her. But there were those who much preferred Natasha six feet under, and they'll do everything in their power to put her back down there, in this is violent, vengeful debut issue!

With the Defenders having a reunion late last year, the time is ripe for the original Marvel superhero team to unite once more in INVADERS #1. Captain America, Bucky, the original Human Torch and Namor fought alongside each other in the battlefields of World War Two, and now Chip Zdarsky and Carlos Magno finally put them all back on the same page... almost. For Cap, Bucky and Jim Hammond must stop one of their own: Namor, who's trying to unleash the fury of the deep on the land dweller above.

With Marvel Comics celebrating its 80th anniversary, take a step back and enjoy some untold tales from the Marvel Universe's past with MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1. Treat yourself with stories starring Wolverine, Captain America and Namor as they fight for the Allies in World War 2, boasting the creative talents of Chip Zdarsky, Ann Nocenti, Greg Pak and more.

A decade after the cinematic spectacle that was James Cameron's Avatar. the sci-fi phenomenon finally makes its comic book debut with AVATAR TSU TEYS PATH #1. Written by award-winning novelist Sherri Smith and with art by Jan Duursema, see how the life of Na'vi warrior Tsu'tey is affected by the arrival of Jake Sully and the humans, which was only hinted at in the film.

Agriculture has never been scarier, and Jedidiah Jenkins is the farmer of your nightmares in Rob Guillory's FARMHAND TP VOL 01. The Jenkins family doesn't grow crops or breed animals like other farmers, they grow human organs, fit for transplanting into those in need. But during all those years, something evil has taken root within their land, and now its ready to sprout, with the Jenkins family the first casualties waiting to happen.

With her debut on the silver screen imminent, get yourself caught up on Captain Marvel and Carol Danvers in LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP, the book that features her definitive origin. Margaret Stohl and Carlos Pacheco take you through Carol's journey to unravel a mystery of her past, which informs you of everything one need know about Carol before you watch her be one of the world's greatest superheroes. 

One of the most popular characters in the acclaimed animated series, you can check out the very best comic book adventures of Finn the Human in ADVENTURE TIME FINN TP. With stories from Noelle Stevenson, Paul Pope, Luke Pearson and more, have fun watching Finn playing retro board games and taking down the bad guys, everyone of all ages will find something to love.

At long last, Conan the Barbarian comes home to where his comic book journey began: Marvel Comics! To celebrate such a momentous occasion, Marvel brings you his original exploits in CONAN THE BARBARIAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01. Featuring the classic work of comic legends such as Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gil Kane and John Buscema, Conan doesn't come any more classic than this.

Inio Asano's story of everyday life amidst an alien invasion continues with DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION GN VOL 04. Despite the ongoing invasion in Tokyo, people still flock to the city, looking for new opportunities. During all this moving around, Kadode and her friends begin university where they face a tough choice: which school club they should join? It's a decision with life-changing ramifications... if you make it out of the invasion alive, of course.

The latest miniseries from Ales Kot and Tradd Moore comes collected in NEW WORLD TP, set in America after the Second Civil War. That's right, the *Second* Civil War. Following its conclusion, a vegan hacker and a reality TV show cop find each other and fall in love, but to keep their relationship alive, they'll need to stay alive themselves. With the entirety of New California after them, in this Mad Max meets Romeo and Juliet story, they'll need every ounce of their burning passion to see them through to the end.

Starting at a new school is hard for most, but spare a thought for Mat, Lili and Benji in SUPERS TP VOL 01, from French creators Frederic Maupome and Dawid. The three siblings are not of this Earth, and have to limit themselves and their awesome powers to blend in with the rest of the world, less they be discovered and hunted down. A mix of family tension, thrills and classroom drama, be sure to check out this one so you can get to know the latest family to move to Planet Earth.

And there you have it. Spot something we need to put aside for you, just let us know before close Tuesday and we'll get it sorted for you. Until we see you next, live life and read comics.


MARVEL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13
ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5
BLACK PANTHER #8
BLACK WIDOW #1
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #2
FANTASTIC FOUR #6
INVADERS #1
IRONHEART #2
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #3
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1
MARVEL TALES VENOM #1
RETURN OF WOLVERINE #4 (OF 5)
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #44
STAR WARS AOR SPECIAL #1
UNCANNY X-MEN #10
VENOM #10

DC COMICS
BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2 (OF 6)
CATWOMAN #7
DETECTIVE COMICS #996
ELECTRIC WARRIORS #3 (OF 6)
FLASH #62
HAWKMAN #8
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #7
RED HOOD OUTLAW #30
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #33
SUICIDE SQUAD #50
SUPERGIRL #26
SUPERMAN #7
TITANS #33
WONDER WOMAN #62


VERTIGO
GODDESS MODE #2
HOUSE OF WHISPERS #5

BOOM
ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 #4
BLACK BADGE #6
FIREFLY #3
LUMBERJANES #58

DARK HORSE
AVATAR TSU TEYS PATH #1
BLACK HAMMER #1 DIRECTORS CUT
DEATH ORB #4

DYNAMITE
JAMES BOND ORIGIN #5

IDW
DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #3 (OF 4)
FROM HELL MASTER EDITION #3
GHOSTBUSTERS IDW 2020
LODGER #3
MY LITTLE PONY NIGHTMARE KNIGHTS #4
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #12
STAR TREK VS TRANSFORMERS #4 (OF 4)
TMNT IDW 2020
TMNT SHREDDER IN HELL #1
TRANSFORMERS HISTORIA
UNCLE SCROOGE MY FIRST MILLIONS #4 (OF 4)

IMAGE
BURNOUTS #5
DAYS OF HATE #12 (OF 12)
DEADLY CLASS #36
EVOLUTION #13
GIDEON FALLS #10
ISOLA #6
MIDDLEWEST #3
OUTPOST ZERO #6
SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE TOO #2 (OF 4)
WARNING #3
WICKED & DIVINE #41

VALIANT
SHADOWMAN (2018) #11

MISC
ALBERT EINSTEIN TIME MASON #4
BABYTEETH #14
CAPTAIN GINGER #4
DARK ARK #13
SHADES OF MAGIC #4 (OF 4)
WALK THROUGH HELL #7


TRADES
A VERY DC VALENTINES DAY TP
ADVENTURE TIME FINN TP
AGENT 47 GN VOL 01 BIRTH OF HITMAN
APOSIMZ GN VOL 02
BATWOMAN TP VOL 03 FALL OF THE HOUSE OF KANE
CAPTAIN HARLOCK DIMENSIONAL VOYAGE GN VOL 07
CELLIES TP VOL 01
CHAMPIONS TP VOL 05 WEIRD WAR ONE
CHILDREN OF WHALES GN VOL 08
CONAN THE BARBARIAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01
DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION GN VOL 04
DEATHSTROKE THE TERMINATOR TP VOL 05 WORLD TOUR
DIOSAMANTE GN
DOG MAN GN VOL 06 BRAWL OF THE WILD
DR THIRTEENTH
ETERNAUT HC (CURR PTG)
FARMHAND TP VOL 01
FIRE PUNCH GN VOL 05
FLASH ROGUES REVERSE FLASH TP
HALO HC COLLATERAL DAMAGE
HIMOUTO UMARI CHAN GN VOL 04
IAN GN VOL 02 LESSONS OF DARKNESS
INCREDIBLE HULK EPIC COLLECTION TP GHOSTS FUTURE
JIM HENSON LABYRINTH SC NOVEL
KIRBY & LEE STUF SAID
LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP
LOST CITY EXPLORERS TP VOL 01 ODYSSEY
LOST GIRLS HC EXPANDED ED
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ARCHIVE TP VOL 02
MINIONS VIVA LE BOSS HC
NEW WORLD TP
PREDATOR TP ESSENTIAL COMICS
RICK VEITCH THE ONE HC
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP TP VOL 06
SHERLOCK HOLMES VANISHING MAN TP
SIMON BISLEY SKETCHBOOK 2018 TP #1 (OF 1) LTD SIGN
SOULFIRE SHADOW MAGIC TP VOL 01
SPIDER-GWEN HC VOL 03
STELLAR TP
SUPERGIRL TP VOL 05 THE HUNT FOR REACTRON
SUPERS TP VOL 01
SWASHBUCKLERS SAGA CONTINUES TP
VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER TP VOL 03 ABSOLUTION
WHAT IF? CLASSIC TP COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 01
WORLD OF TANKS TP CITADEL
WRAITH TP

BACK IN STOCK
DEAD MAN LOGAN #1 (OF 12) 2ND PTG HENDERSON VAR

MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #1 2ND PTG GARRON VAR


Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Comics For Wednesday 9th of January


2019 ain't messing around. Only the second shipment of the year and we are seeing some massive releases! Just look at this list!

With Charles Soule's run over, and a while still before Chip Zdarsky's begins, fill the chasm in between with MAN WITHOUT FEAR #1 and MAN WITHOUT FEAR #2. The first two issues of a five part series from Jed MacKay which examines what's going on in Hell's Kitchen following the apparent death of its' guardian, Daredevil. In these issues, see how Foggy Nelson is coping without his friend and law firm partner in the first, whilst the Defenders continue to fight for the people of Hell's Kitchen without their fallen ally.

Having spent months in space, protecting the Earth on a space station with Alpha Flight, Carol Danvers returns to New York City with CAPTAIN MARVEL #1. The beginning of what will be a fantastic new series from Kelly Thompson and Carmen Carnero, and just in time for Cap's onscreen debut. Thankful to be back on and down on the ground, Captain Marvel won't get long to rest just as the unexpected rears its ugly head.

Local scribe, Tom Taylor, and rising star artist, Juan Cabal, start a brand new series featuring Marvel's flagship character with FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1. With comics always needing to pit our heroes against the most impossible of odds, this new book will instead take things a little easier, giving you an insight into Spider-Man and what it is that makes him a friendly, neigbourhood hero.

Another Star Wars character gets a day in the spotlight thanks to the efforts of Jody Houser and Luke Ross in STAR WARS AOR JANGO FETT #1. He's the feared bounty hunter who keeps calm under pressure, and only loses his head when it's forcibly cleaved from his shoulders. Now he's on a new job, but who's this kid with him? Who else could it be, but his son, Boba Fett! Let's hope those fellow bounty hunters of his don't think Fett's gone soft as a father, and try to betray him.

Another Web of Venom one-shot hits the shelves with WEB OF VENOM UNLEASHED #1, written by... wait a minute, Ryan Stegman? That's right folks, Venom's ongoing artist is taking over writing duties for this one, as we track the symbiote's journey through Eddie Brock's old haunts in San Francisco.

2019 sees Brian Michael Bendis' creative hot streak at DC continue with YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the first in the new line of Wonder Comics! BMB and artist Patrick Gleason reunite and inject new life into the old team, reuniting Robin, Wonder Girl, Impulse, Amethyst and the missing Superboy together, whilst throwing a new character, Jinny Hex, into the mix. When Gemworld invades Metropolis, the young heroes will have to defend their home... and find Conner Kent returned to them at last in this DC Rebirth era.

Spinning out of the popular Tom Clancy's The Division 2 video game comes TOM CLANCYS DIVISION EXTREMIS MALIS #1. After an attack devastated New York City, the Division were formed to protect the United States from any such potentially devastating threats in the future. In this story, the partner of Agent Caleb Dunne is murdered, and he will have to go down a slippery path of mystery and intrigue to reach the truth.

With Kill or Be Killed complete and My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies in stores around the world, the acclaimed creative team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips finally return to their most successful creation with CRIMINAL #1. In this special, double-sized issue, Teeg Lawless is back in town, and his teenage son is getting him back into more trouble. Trouble that may require more than just his fists and brawn. The perfect issue for true crime fans and those looking to jump into the rich world.

A different kind of comic book from Image debuts this week with GUNNING FOR HITS #1, telling the story of Martin Mills, a member of the shady NYC music business in the 80s. He's out trying to sign a hit rock band to his label, and will do all the dirty work he has to to achieve it in this business crime thriller written by real life music producer Jeff Rougvie and illustrated by artist Moritat.

C. S. Pacat's overwhelmingly successful sporting drama series continues with FENCE TP VOL 02, with tryouts for a place in the prestigious Kings Row fencing team underway. Nicholas, despite being the underdog, is fighting for his spot, but he'll have to compete against his surly roommate, Seiji Katayama, amongst others, to prove himself worthy of it.

Laura Kinney moves past her time as Wolverine and returns to her roots as X-23 in X-23 TP VOL 01 FAMILY ALBUM, from Mariko Tamaki and Juan Cabal, to ensure that no-one else ever need suffer the way she did. With her sister Gabby and pet wolverine, Jonathan, by her side, she'll undergo all sorts of odds, from fighting former allies to posing undercover in a school, to make sure she completes her personal mission.

In the final days of the Indian Wars, a new hero rises in TUROK #1, from comics veteran Ron Marz . Pursuing his kidnapped brother, Turok find himself in a new land, strange land, along with the US Cavalry soldier he was hunting. With strange creatures beyond their imaginations inhabiting this undiscovered country, Turok will need to rise above the odds to keep everyone alive, friend and foe.

With the last issue sold out, you better make sure that your reservation is in for SELF MADE #2, from Sydney writer Mat Groom, who kindly came into the store not long ago to do a signing of #1, and artist Eduardo Ferigato. With Amala's true nature revealed, it's up to her creator to find a way to discover why her genesis occurred, before she is lost forever.

That's right, folks, we did indeed sell out of all our copies of the exciting first issue of Self Made. But if that preview for issue 2 was too tantalising, too intriguing that you just have to pick it up, but you haven't had a chance to get issue 1, then you are in luck! This week brings us a restock of SELF MADE #1, which begins the journey of Amala and her confrontation with her God.

After decades on the comic page and the small screen, Aquaman finally received his own solo film last year, and your chance to get an in-depth look at the translation from script to screen arrives with ART AND MAKING OF AQUAMAN HC. Packed to the brim with interviews, concept art, behind the scenes photos and more, watch how the expanses of Aquaman's aquatic kingdom and homeland were brought to life through the magic of cinema!

Charles Forsman and Max de Radigues meld their unique, artistic talents from across the Atlantic to bring you HOBO MOM HC, a somber, intimate story depicting a broken family trying to repair their emotional bond and the price of freedom. Natasha was a wife to Tom and a mother to newborn Sissy, but she abandoned them both to live the life of a vagrant for many years. But now she's returned home, to a husband that's upset, yet still in love with her and a daughter yearning for a mother. Can the family reunite, or has it been too long for bridges to be mended?

With the standard copy of Creating a Champion already making a huge splash, those of you who waited a little longer for something more deluxe will find yourselves rewarded with LEGEND OF ZELDA BREATH WILD CREATING A CHAMPION HC HERO ED! Featuring everything in the initial release, along with a Spirit Orb replica, a cloth map of Hyrule, a photo of all the Champions and an exclusive cover and collectible slipcase, this is the perfect book for the most die-hard of Legend of Zelda fans.

Mitch Clem's acclaimed web comic that analyzed punk culture and music with witty, lighthearted satire is completely collected in NOTHING NICE TO SAY GN. Running form 2002 to 2014, Clem and his comic built up a dedicated fanbase, which turned it into one of the most popular web comics ever made, and now it's your to own, on printed paper.

With a martial arts tournament complete and the Monster Association dealt with once again, Saitama still feels unfulfilled in ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 15, from One and Yusuke Murata. His strength, his ability to wipe out any of his foes with a single punch, it's hard to find much to challenge yourself with. Can King talk Saitama into finding new purpose by living like a hero?

The creator of many of sci-fi's greatest and most influential works, such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Total Recall, the life of Philip K Dick was just as fantastic as what he wrote. His works spoke of his mindset towards the political climate, social tendencies and religious ideals, and you can learn about the life that inspired them in PHILIP K DICK A COMICS BIOGRAPHY HC. From five wives and a pittance for his masterpiece works to drugs that hindered rather than helped him, every little detail you wanted to know, and some you probably didn't can be found here.

As long as there's been swing, bebop, blues, jazz, soul and so many more kinds of music in African American culture, there has been... the Apollo! Constructed in 1934, the Apollo has been the home of and has nurtured many of the century's talented musicians, and its rich history is researched and presented to you in SHOWTIME AT APOLLO EPIC TALE HARLEMS LEGENDARY THE, from Ted Fox and James Smith.

Ever had a creative urge to tell a story, but feel you're lacking a resource to guide you? Never fear, STOLEN SHARPIE REVOLUTION SC DIY RESOURCE FOR ZINE is here. This little volume from Alex Wrekk will take you through what you need to know to create you own little zine, and the impact of zines on pop culture. For you budding creators out there, you won't want to let this one slips through your fingers.

Treat the child in you and spoil them too with BATMAN ANIMATED BATMAN 1/6 SCALE COLLECTIBLE FIGUR. An institution in not just superhero animation, but all ages television, Batman: The Animated Series was a landmark work, and now you can own a scaled figure of Batman himself, from Mondo. With 30 points of articulation, different heads and more gadgets than you can throw a batarang at, this is the perfect thing to spend you Christmas money on!

For many kids growing up in the late 80s/early 90s, you couldn't go past the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One of the most popular iterations was the arcade game Turtles in Time, and to commemorate such a successful time, you can grab yourself any of TMNT TURTLES IN TIME CHARACTER SELECT DONNIE PINTMNT TURTLES IN TIME CHARACTER SELECT LEO PINTMNT TURTLES IN TIME CHARACTER SELECT MICHELANGELO & TMNT TURTLES IN TIME CHARACTER SELECT RAPHAEL PIN pins. With each featuring one of the famous Turtles, with coloured face mask and weapon, you can pick your favourite, or the whole set.

Oh what a wonderful selection! If you spot something you need us to stash, just let us know before close Tuesday night. Until we see you next, live life and read comics!


MARVEL
AVENGERS #12
BLACK ORDER #3 (OF 5)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
DOMINO #10
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1
ICEMAN #5 (OF 5)
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #1
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #2
MARVEL PRESENTS #3 GOTG FACSIMILE EDITION
MARVELS AVENGERS UNTITLED ENDGAME PRELUDE #2 (OF 3
MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #2
PUNISHER #6
SPIDER-GWEN GHOST SPIDER #4
STAR WARS #59
STAR WARS AOR JANGO FETT #1
THOR #9
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #40
UNCANNY X-MEN #9
WEB OF VENOM UNLEASHED #1
X-23 #8

DC COMICS
ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #6 (OF 12)
BATMAN #62
BATMAN KINGS OF FEAR #6 (OF 6)
CATWOMAN #6
CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #10
DEATHSTROKE #39 (ARKHAM)
GREEN ARROW #48
GREEN LANTERN #3
HARLEY QUINN #57
JUSTICE LEAGUE #15
MARTIAN MANHUNTER #2 (OF 12)
NIGHTWING #56
SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK FILES #3 (OF 6)
UNEXPECTED #8
UNITED STATES VS MURDER INC #5 (OF 6)
YOUNG JUSTICE #1

VERTIGO
DREAMING #5

BOOM
BY NIGHT #7 (OF 12)
GO GO POWER RANGERS #16
WIZARD BEACH #2 (OF 5)

DARK HORSE
ALIENS DUST TO DUST #4 (OF 4)
GOD OF WAR #3 (OF 4)
JOE GOLEM #5 (OF 5) THE DROWNING CITY
LAGUARDIA #2
LIGHTSTEP #2 (OF 5)
PREDATOR HUNTERS II #4
TOM CLANCYS DIVISION EXTREMIS MALIS #1
WILLIAM GIBSON ALIEN 3 #3

DYNAMITE
BARBARELLA DEJAH THORIS #1
HACK SLASH VS CHAOS #2
RED SONJA #25
TUROK #1

IDW
BUBBA HO-TEP & COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS #5
EUTHANAUTS #5
HOUSE AMOK #4
LOEG TEMPEST #4

IMAGE
AUNTIE AGATHAS HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS #3 (OF 6)
BIRTHRIGHT #35
BITTER ROOT #3
BLACKBIRD #4
BULLY WARS #5
CEMETERY BEACH #5 (OF 7)
CRIMINAL #1
CURSE WORDS #19
DIE #2
FREEZE #2
GUNNING FOR HITS #1
HIT-GIRL #12
KICK-ASS #11
LAST SIEGE #8 (OF 8)
MURDER FALCON #4
OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #11
OUTER DARKNESS #3
PRODIGY #2 (OF 6)
ROSE #16
SELF MADE #2
SLEEPLESS #11

ONI
INVADER ZIM #38

VALIANT
FAITH DREAMSIDE #4 (OF 4)

MISC
ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #6
BLOODBORNE #8 HEALING THIRST
DAYGLOAYHOLE QUARTERLY #3 (OF 4)
DOCTOR WHO 13TH #3
LIFE IS STRANGE #2
MOTH & WHISPER #4
ROCK & ROLL BIOGRAPHIES TOOL
STRANGERS IN PARADISE XXV #9
WRONG EARTH #5

TRADES
ART AND MAKING OF AQUAMAN HC
ART OF MAGIC THE GATHERING HC RAVNICA
ASTONISHING X-MEN BY MATT ROSENBERG TP UNTIL OUR
AXE-MAN OF NEW ORLEANS SC
BATMAN IS LOYAL YR PICTURE BOOK
BETTY & ME TP VOL 01
BLACK DAHLIA SC
CREATURE TECH GN (NEW EDITION)
DEVILMAN GRIMOIRE GN VOL 05
DR STONE GN VOL 03
DRAGON BALL SUPER GN VOL 04
ECLIPSE TP VOL 03
FENCE TP VOL 02
FLEM GN
GANTZ OMNIBUS TP VOL 02
HAIKYU GN VOL 30
HARLEY QUINN REBIRTH DLX COLL HC BOOK 03
HELLBLAZER TP VOL 20 SYSTEMS OF CONTROL
HOBO MOM HC
I AM CAPTAIN KIRK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK
I AM MR SPOCK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR FOUR COMPLETE COLL TP
JUDGE DREDD FINAL JUDGEMENT TP
KAGUYA SAMA LOVE IS WAR GN VOL 06
LEGEND OF ZELDA BREATH WILD CREATING A CHAMPION HC
LUCY DREAMING TP
MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES GN TP CAPTAIN MARVEL
MICKEY MOUSE 90TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION TP
MODERN FANTASY TP
MS MARVEL EPIC COLLECTION TP WOMAN WARRIOR
MY HERO ACADEMIA VIGILANTES GN VOL 03
MY LITTLE PONY TP THE CRYSTALLING
NEW CHALLENGERS TP
NOTHING NICE TO SAY GN
ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 15
PESTILENCE TP VOL 02
PHILIP K DICK A COMICS BIOGRAPHY HC
POKEMON SUN & MOON GN VOL 03
RADIANT GN VOL 03
RIVERS OF LONDON VOL 06 WATER WEED
SCIENCE COMICS POLAR BEARS SC GN
SECRET CODERS GN VOL 06 (OF 6) MONSTERS & MODULES
SHADE THE CHANGING WOMAN TP
SHOWTIME AT APOLLO EPIC TALE HARLEMS LEGENDARY THE
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA TP VOL 04 CATASTROPHE CON
STOLEN SHARPIE REVOLUTION SC DIY RESOURCE FOR ZINE
SUPERGIRL IS PATIENT YR PICTURE BOOK
SUPERMAN IS COOPERATIVE YR PICTURE BOOK
TOKYO TARAREBA GIRLS GN VOL 04
TOMB RAIDER TP VOL 04 INFERNO
TRISH TRASH ROLLERGIRL OF MARS OMNIBUS GN
WARHAMMER 40000 TP DEATHWATCH
WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP VOL 10 END OF WORLD
WONDER WOMAN PERSEVERES YR PICTURE BOOK
X-23 TP VOL 01 FAMILY ALBUM

MERCH
AQUAMAN MOVIE AQUAMAN STATUE
BATMAN ANIMATED BATMAN 1/6 SCALE COLLECTIBLE FIGUR
MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOXES CONAN BARBARIAN (BUNDLE
TMNT TURTLES IN TIME CHARACTER SELECT DONNIE PIN
TMNT TURTLES IN TIME CHARACTER SELECT LEO PIN
TMNT TURTLES IN TIME CHARACTER SELECT MICHELANGELO
TMNT TURTLES IN TIME CHARACTER SELECT RAPHAEL PIN

BACK IN STOCK

SELF MADE #1

Monday, December 31, 2018

ALL STAR RECOMMENDS: 2019 COMIC BOOK FORECAST EDITION!




ALL STAR RECOMMENDS: 2019 COMIC BOOK FORECAST EDITION! 
By Cameron Ashley

Hello! 

Welcome to the latest installment of the annual All Star Recommends Comic Book Forecast, your one-stop source for 2019s most interesting comics (or at least as many as I could find). 

This year’s Forecast was a trickier beast to wrangle than it usually is. I’m usually tripping over one amazing advance solicitation or PR release or publisher website update after another by late December. Not so much this year. I went *digging*. For example, I believe that this is the first time I’ve never listed any manga whatsoever in one of these things which is a bit strange and actually a little disappointing (where is Naoki Urasawa’s Billy Bat??). 

Make no mistake however, I’m not poo-pooing what we can so far glean from the year ahead and you know that as soon as this thing goes live there will be 20 more killer announcements. But anyway, have a look at the forthcoming comics below and you’ll notice something really interesting – the vast majority is comprised of brand new material and each comic here is completely different from anything else on the list. It’s absolutely the strongest list of distinctly individual comics voices I’ve ever assembled and all them will be loudly yelling for your time in 2019. These are all vital, exciting comics, each doing their own thing both in the medium and to the page. Some adhere to traditional methods of comics storytelling, others smash the rules of the form and reassemble it as their creators see fit, but all of them are Art. If there’s a greater reason to feel excited about and invested in our favourite artform over the next twelve months and beyond, I have no idea what it could be. 



BEZIMENA 
Nina Bunjevac 
Fantagraphics 
Due April 

I have a tiresome habit of touting particular comics as being poised to be the most visually beautiful of any given year. Please forgive me, because…poised to be 2019’s most visually beautiful comic is Nina Bunjevac’s Bezimena. 

Bunjevac (Fatherland) is fond of obsessively rendered stippling, giving her pages an intricacy and delicacy virtually unmatched in comics. She’s also quite the writer and Bezimena looks to be her most narratively ambitious work to date, “an exploration of the delusional mind of the sexual predator” that uses the Greek myth of Artemis and Siproites for inspiration. In the myth Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, turns the boy Siproites into a girl for, depending on which version of the story you come across, either spying on her bathing or attempting a rape. Bezimena spins the latter version of the myth off into new turf as a deviant named Benny’s fantasy about a former classmate escalates to strange and disturbing levels. At her website, Bunjevac says that Bezimena is “mostly influenced by the 1942 noir classic Cat People, Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus trilogy and the television drama Singing Detective by Dennis Potter.” That’s a heady influence brew right there and, jeepers, look at the result: 


Publisher Fantagraphics states that Bezimena“offers a radical examination of the misconceptions surrounding rape culture in an artistic and psychological tour de force.” Bunjevac is a skilled and thoughtful creator who, again, produces some of the loveliest comics pages around. I understand if the topic makes this a hard pass, but if you appreciate being challenged by your Literature, as well as the insane dedication needed to finish 228 pages that look like the above, Bezimena should most definitely be sought out in May. 



BTTM FDRS 
Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore 
Fantagraphics 
Due June 

If you have not yet read Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Upgrade Soul (Lion Forge), I strongly suggest you do – it is one of the best comics of the year. Daniels returns in 2019 with BTTM FDRS (or Bottom Feeders, if you prefer), illustrated by Ignatz winner Ben Passmore. Described as something like Get Out and The Thing mashed together in a struggling Chicago neighborhood, BTTM FDRS promises goopy horror and strong political satire. Passmore produces lively cartooned characters and BTTM FDRS’ use of a striking palate of clashing colours ensures it will be one of the year’s most visually vibrant releases. 


An “afro-futurist horror comedy,” BTTM FDRS is centered around a young fashion designer who moves into a run-down building that happens to also be home to a “dangerous symbiotic creature” but all of this SF-horror is a vehicle for the creators to explore themes of displacement and gentrification in modern urban life. Daniels has a number of pages for your perusal at his site and it looks like good fun. Daniels, however, is not afraid to get deep and his grasp on the rich complexities of interpersonal relationships (so deftly explored in Upgrade Soul) is also sure to come to fore in BTTM FDRS, even amongst the bouncy cartooning, the gags, the politics and the toilets filled with oozing monster bits. 



THE CITY OF BELGIUM 
Brecht Evans 
D&Q 
Due May 

Good grief, we are getting spoiled. Arriving in May is Belgian painter Brecht Evans’ fourth book from Canadian Publishers Drawn & Quarterly, The City of Belgium. 


Three young strangers converge on a popular restaurant, unaware the night will devolve into a “series of adventures that reveal them to be teetering on the edge between lucid dream and tooth-grinding nightmare.” It almost sounds like the premise for a Gaspar Noe film and I’m probably not that far off the mark, particularly considering Evans’ dizzying skills with watercolour, near constant re-shaping of the conventions of the comics page and gift for awkward, uncomfortable encounters. Evans (Panther, The Wrong Place, The Making Of) is as singular a voice as you’ll find in comics, capable of stunning, off-kilter work. This, his largest project so far, is an arrival to be celebrated. 



CLYDE FANS 
Seth 
D&Q 
Due April 

2018 brought us the conclusion of Jason Lutes’ Berlin, an essential piece of comics over twenty years in the making. 2019 brings us a similarly staggering achievement, the conclusion of Clyde Fans - another work two decades in the making - by Seth. Hailed by Chris Ware as “one of the greatest graphic novels ever written,” all 488 pages of this epic come to us in a single, slipcased edition this April. 


Charting the decline of a business and the family that owns and runs it, Clyde Fans features beautiful period authenticity, a thorough examination and deconstruction of mid twentieth century life and the “…hopes and delusions of a middle-class that has long ceased to exist in North America” as seen primarily through two brothers struggling to keep a fan business operating in the face of oncoming air-conditioning technology. With lovely two-colour artwork and a narrative that takes us from the 1950s through to the 1970s, the conclusion and high-end compilation of Clyde Fans celebrates yet another incredible long form achievement in comics. 


CRIMINAL 
Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips 
Image Comics 
Ongoing from January 

I don’t really need to write anything here, do I? I mean, it’s Criminal. It’s Brubaker & Phillips coming off the stunner that was their most recent work, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, freshly re-signed with Image Comics who again promise to let them do whatever it is they want for the next five years. It’s ongoing. The creators promise to make the most of the serialised comics format, with both stand-alone and multi-part stories planned. It’s going to be great. You’ve probably already pre-ordered it. Let’s just pretend we are not awaiting it breathlessly and move along… 


GI JOE: SIERRA MUERTE 
Michel Fiffe 
IDW 
Due April 

Ahh, Michel Fiffe – living the dream. Seriously, he must be one of the most contented creators in comics right now. Just imagine: there he is, chugging away at his exceptional Suicide Squad-goes-Arthouse monthly, Copra and Negativeland, his other serial online for Patreon uh…patrons. His inbox dings and the next thing he knows he’s also writing, drawing, lettering and colouring a Bloodstrike mini-series for Image, bringing his kinetic action, creative page design and beautiful colours to a washed up ‘90s title that he still holds a torch for. And it turns out pretty great. Then, ding again, it’s IDW and they go, hey, wanna do GI Joe? 


Look, I know nothing about GI Joe, seriously – the comic was a real blind spot for me as a kid. I don’t know why, but it never really clicked. I’ve never seen the films or much of the cartoon, I never owned the toys, but any time Michel Fiffe picks up his coloured pencils, I’m in. Sierra Muerte features all those characters you probably know way more about than me: Snake Eyes, Baroness, that...uh…bald guy, and loads more. It’s a who’s who, IDW assures us, and I’m going to have to take their word for it. What’s guaranteed (by me) is some of the most uniquely presented comics action you’ve fixed your peepers on. Fiffe considered this project “impossible to resist” and this student of classic ‘80s action comics is sure to bring his A-game to the beloved property. So, Go, Joe!...or whatever it is they say. 


J+K 
John Pham 
Fantagraphics 
Due August 

Concerning two pop culture-obsessed morons trying to make their way in the world, John Pham’s J+K may in fact end up being regarded as 2019s ultimate comics art object. As the titular duo throw away reference after reference to all manner of pop culture ephemera existing in their world, Pham dutifully and creatively actualises it all by including, among other things, posters, stickers, an issue of “Cool Magazine” and, yes, even playable vinyl. It’s playful world-building to an extent not really seen in comics before that I can recall. Making the feat even more impressive, Pham has the cartooning chops to back it all up. Ostensibly a series of short gag strips (“Peanuts meets Seinfeld,” Fantagraphics informs us), the totality does in fact cohere into a whole. “Like it’s not a collection but one long story that makes sense even if it reads like individual puzzle pieces in places,” Frank Santoro wrote in his review of the original Spanish edition, later adding, “It’s a feat to put it all together and serve it up in a smooth package like this. I’ve never seen anything like it…” 


There’s an unboxing video of the Spanish edition you can watch here if you like and see for yourself if, gimmickry aside, Pham’s book is worth a read. Judging by how his characters pop off the page thanks to those the eye-popping colours (Fanta promises three colour fluorescent ink), that’s a pretty easy decision to make. 



KID GLOVES 
Lucy Knisley 
First Second 
Due February 

Lucy Knisley’s newest comic-memoir details the struggles of her own pregnancy and birth, a journey filled with hormonal problems and unfortunate miscarriages before the eventual successful birth of a healthy son (who looks a crazy lot like his mother). Knisley, a beloved creator of autobiographical comics, continues to bravely put it all in her work, the good, the bad and the personally traumatic, and one imagines this was, at times, not an easy project to complete. It’s an important one, however, chiefly as a reminder that in the inevitably difficult times during a pregnancy, you and/or your partner are experiencing nothing unique - that no matter the difficulty that you can very well overcome. Trust me, we had a few of our own during my son’s arrival and even more soon after. 

If that’s not enough to pick this up, Kid Gloves also contains a slew of medical information as well as the history of reproductive health and a run-down on some notable figures from medicine and midwifery. 



If you’ve had kids, if you want to have kids, if you’re struggling to have kids or if you just want to see a very talented cartoonist boldly shine a light on a period of immense difficulty that led to one of the most transformative experiences of her life, Kid Gloves will be for you. It’s also quite likely going to be one of the year’s biggest releases – even Elle jumped on the comics bandwagon for this one with a lengthy excerpt showcasing a nice selection of Knisley’s charming, colourful and informative cartooning. 


LITTLE BIRD 
Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram & Matt Hollingsworth 
Image Comics 
Due March 

For months and months now, artist extraordinaire, Ian Bertram, has posted pages and images from a project called Little Bird on his Instagram page. The pages are, typical of the artist, sumptuously detailed and surreal, with Bertram’s strikingly designed, boggly-eyed characters inhabiting a richly detailed fantastical landscape. On and on the panels and pages went, with Bertram stating the project was written by a Vancouver-based filmmaker named Darcy Van Poelgeest and coloured by one of the best around, Matt Hollingsworth. The issue here =was the announcement that Little Bird was to be published in French by Glenat, with an English publisher "to follow." Thankfully the turnaround was not long at all and clearly, the project was destined for Image Comics. That's exactly where it ended up. 


This March, Little Bird arrives in English in the form of a five-issue miniseries. The only downside here is that it's being serialised for English readers while the French get their trademark oversized album, but hey, they actually take their comics 100% seriously over there so more power to 'em. From the advance solicit, here's as much plot as we get - "Little Bird follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire." Yeah, yeah, seen it, read it, maybe even done it. Nah. This is the Ian Bertram show and if you're even passingly familiar with his work (check out House of Penance if you're not), then you'll know that Little Bird will hold it's own with all the visual heavyweights we've got coming out way in 2019. 


MARVEL MASTERS OF SUSPENSE: STAN LEE & STEVE DITKO 
Steve Ditko & Stan Lee 
Marvel 
Due August 

Back when this column was just a mere list of books I needed to write about, there was a little something jotted down called Detective Comics Before Batman, which collected all the pre-Batman issues of Detective Comics into a two volume, slipcased omnibus set. The solicitation for this set disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived, however, as someone at DC realised that some of these 1930’s stories were more than a little racist and the whole project got scrapped. Oh dear. Never mind, swooping in comes Marvel to save the day for fans of truly classic, previously uncollected, unbigoted comics fare with this gem – every single one of Steve Ditko’s pre-Superhero comics produced for the publisher. Yum. 

Collecting stories from periodicals like Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales and Tales of Suspense, along with work from titles you’ve probably never heard of like Astonishing, Gunsmoke Western and Spellbound, Marvel Masters of Suspense (split into two omnibus editions, I believe, sadly not slipcased) sees Ditko at arguably his best. That’s a controversial take, I know, but if you’ve ever seen Fantagraphics’ ongoing efforts to collect Ditko’s pre-Marvel comics, you’ll probably agree. Essential! 


MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS VOLUME 2 
Emil Ferris 
Fantagraphics 
Due October 

It wouldn’t be one of these forecast columns without one title appearing for the second year straight, allowing me to do some sly cutting and pasting of my own long-forgotten hyperbole. This time around, the honour goes to My Favorite Thing Is Monsters volume 2, a book that is running at least a year late, but given just how special this project is, we should all be content to just sit tight and wait until creator Emil Ferris is good and ready to put down her coloured biros. This is not a project to be rushed: the second volume of Ferris’ saga could well cement My Favorite Thing Is Monsters legacy as an all-time great comicbook. In my opinion, the first volume alone is not only the comic of 2016, but the decade so far. 


A spoiler-free synopsis for the newbie: 

It's Chicago, 1968. A young misfit of a girl named Karen Reyes loves art, but her absolute favourite thing is monsters. Karen identifies with monsters on a deep level, she's able to distinguish between the good monsters and the bad, and the freak-loser-misfit tag she's saddled with socially gives her a degree of empathy for beings such as the Frankenstein Monster that others her age likely do not possess. She desperately wants to be turned into a literal monster, making her outsider status complete and giving her the power and strength she struggles to find day-to-day. She scribbles away in her notebooks, copying the covers to monster magazines of the period, and is taught to draw by her elder brother, Diego "Deeze" Reyes. Deeze is himself something of an outcast with his heavily tattooed skin and constant drinking, yet he easily maintains his status as the local heartthrob. He's an incessant womaniser, stringing along a parade of local women with his handsome features and "bad guy" rebel attitude. The Reyes siblings are raised by a single parent, a mother who is superstitious to the point of obsession, heavily religious, but also deeply loving. They are a weird but obviously tight-knit little family but there is secret, hidden family tragedy waiting to fracture their closeness. 

Karen is not shown much kindness in her life outside of her little family. Her best friend (who she deeply loves) has turned her back on her in a quest for popularity and peer acceptance and her bullying is near constant. What little kindness there is comes in the form of her upstairs neighbour, the eccentric Anka Silverberg, a Jewish WWII survivor who nurtures Karen's artistic streak and gives her odd gifts such as balled up pieces of bread. When Anka is brutally murdered, Karen is determined to solve the mystery. She begins keeping the company of Anka's stern, elderly husband, Sam. Drunk and grief-stricken, Sam Silverberg pulls out a cassette tape on which Anka reveals her incredible life story, in which clues to her gruesome death abound. 


My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is told in the form of Karen's scribbled notebooks. The vast majority of it is drawn in biro, and pretty much the rest of it in fineliner, with the odd excursion into brush, wash and (possibly) colour pencil. Every page looks as though it's come from an A4 lined notepad, complete with red margin line running vertically down the page, evenly spaced blue lines horizontally and even faux hole punch marks and a spiral binding. There's urgency on the pages, but Ferris maintains deep control of her images throughout. Ferris is fond of cross-hatching a fine lattice of multi-coloured biro lines on her characters, creating soft yet striking contours and textures and depths. Karen herself is drawn almost totally throughout as a little werewolf girl, almost like something from Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are gone mystery-solver, her diminished, devolved image of herself near total even as she wears her "monstrous" outsider status as something of a badge of pride. Anka's story is engrossing, cutting across decades, and it's a testament to Ferris' writing skills just how easily her story flips between coming of age drama to mystery to horror and back again so seamlessly, never losing sight of her characters' humanity and keeping her story firmly on the tracks. 


If you've yet to read My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, I genuinely envy you, you have a real treat ahead. Fantagraphics is wisely capitalising on the success and acclaim of the title with a preview of volume two, some all-new material and her autobiographical short, The Bite That Changed My Life, for this coming Free Comic Book Day, reinforcing the fact that My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is an absolute, top-of-the-list must-read. I can't really say any more about this masterpiece than that. 



PTSD 
Guillaume Singelin 
First Second 
Due February 

Jun, a female combat sniper, returns home to a sprawling metropolis (styled after Hong Kong) following a stint fighting in a near-future conflict. There, she faces not just the demons of war, but the demons within. Singelin, a French-Laotian artist, brings watercolours to his scratchy, hyper-detailed style, the paint brush adding an extra layer of realism to a world populated by cute, almost chibi-esque characters. Imagine Nausicaa-era Miyazaki doing a gritty near-future war comic, in full colour, and you’d be close. 


From all reports, PTSD is a phenomenal book – its preview pages are gorgeous and cinematic, its meditations on war and the scars on both body and mind it leaves are apparently thoughtfully, evocatively described. A sleeper hit of the year, perhaps, and one where the juxtaposition between the gravity of subject and cartoonishness of the charactersonly further helps to create a unique vision of sprawling city and tortured mind. I do think that publishers First Second do need to break away from their small formatting, however, as Singelin’s superb, intricate illustration runs the risk of looking a touch cramped on the page. Still, PTSD looks so impressive I’d pick it up if it were formatted to the size of a matchbox. Kudos to First Second for bringing this title to an English audience. Look out for this one. 



STARSEEDS 2 
Charles Glaubitz 
Fantagraphics 
Due February 

2017’s Starseeds was arguably the book of the moment, striking at the creeping fog of conspiracy, division and clandestine secrets like no other of the time. Mexican creator Charles Glaubitz somehow distilled everything from the power of Jack Kirby to the psychedelia of Terrence McKenna, to the spirituality of Ram Dass, to the paranoia of conspiracy-peddling scumbag Alex Jones and the divisiveness of the political spectrum in his superlative work. Glaubitz offered a mind-blowing, transcendentalist take on the grimness of the current zeitgeist, yet never forgot he was creating a highly entertaining and colourful comic. Starseeds is at its core the classic superhero myth gone New Age –with the Starseed children (“who are the end result of the evolution of revolution within our system of genetics, philosophy, science, and art”)versus the hooded members of the Illuminati who seek to bring darkness down upon us all. Yeah, it’s unashamedly mental. It’s good versus bad on *all* the drugs. 


If anything, Starseeds 2 seems set to up the ante, with Glaubitz having honed his psychedelic pop art style to the potency of an acid tab in the period between books and now increases his cast to include “The Rainbow Twins” and somehow sandwiching in a retelling of The Big Bang. Oh yes. Beautiful, grim, but ultimately hopeful and with a sincere attempt at consciousness-expansion by the artist, Starseeds is a bold project, the artful, deliberately puzzling, philosophical, cosmic slugfest you need in your life. 


TOYBOX AMERICANA 
Tim Lane 
Fantagraphics 
Due April 

Oh, what a writer Tim Lane is. From Pekar to Bukowski to Carver to Thompson to Kerouac, there is something purely, almost romantically Bygone-American about Lane’s writing. Do not mistake romance and nostalgia for sentimentality, however. Lane’s short stories of hard-luck everymen, musos, drifters, femme fatales and more feature voices from between the cracks of the American pavement – a patchwork of the disenfranchised and the glamorous and the profoundly ordinary. If he wrote novels he would probably be famous and lauded. But if he wrote novels, we would never see his drawing. 


Oh, what an artist Tim Lane is, so thoughtful, so clever, so moody, so gifted with the use of stark black and white. He makes noir, real noir, not pastiche or “comic book noir,” it’s literate noir, both in story and art, all shadows and dark city streets and characters with hard-earned wrinkles and terrible postures side by side with portraits of glamorous long-gone celebrities like McQueen and Dean and it’s even sometimes paper doll collections of all-American archetypes or mock advertisements for long-gone fashion items. Tim Lane is Burns and Crumb jamming on everything from tales of train-hopping vagabonds seeing America by rail to just some average schmoe getting laid. There is also, miraculously, real, genuine feeling in every page he creates. 

In totality, Lane’s work is American weirdness writ large in beautiful, delicately inked pages and Toybox Americana, his newest collection, following Abandoned Cars and The Lonesome Go, arrives in April as further proof of his talents. Publisher Fantagraphics says, “From jazz clubs and pool halls to ballparks and graveyards, from casinos and coffeehouses to back alleys and bus stops, Lane captures the uniquely raw and seedy charm of American culture.” Required reading. 


UNDER-EARTH 
Chris Gooch 
Self-published 
Three volumes due 2019 

Award-winning Melbourne cartoonist Chris Gooch (Bottled, Curse You Skullface!) returns in a big way next year with Under-Earth, a sprawling three-volume prison epic that will clock in at around 500 pages in total once completed. Having seen pages from both the recently released preview book and what’s to be the finished product, it’s clear Under-Earth is Gooch’s most ambitious work to date. Under-Earth is set in a shabby, sprawling, almost subterranean “trash prison” built in the ruins of a city and in the shadow of an ominous black tower. Convicts are thrown off helicopters into the complex below and there they face authority figures in the form of black latex-suited guards (fond of swinging their truncheons) and try to survive not these overlords, but also the strange, garbage dump of a landscape they occupy, a landscape filled with the refuse of the past. 


Gooch appears to be having a lot of fun with this project despite its apparent heaviness of concept, embracing the speculative elements of his story and all the world building that’s required to best serve the visuals. There’s some real flair and energy in these dystopian pages too – from highly-detailed double page landscapes populated by ant like convicts all dressed in prison stripes to a very clever page featuring a new arrival being hurled from a helicopter but placed never quite where you expect him to be in the fixed space of each subsequent panel that charts his descent into Under-Earth. It’s on-point cartooning too, with Gooch’s distinctive, spindly-lined characters emoting wonderfully on the page. 

Under-Earth is supported in part by Creative Victoria, which speaks volumes about Gooch’s reputation and the strength of his vision. Having read his work for several years now, I’ve been waiting for that real creative stretch, the commitment to a long-form project. 2016s Bottled, published by Top Shelf, provided that and with Under-Earth, he’s stretching even further. Here’s hoping it affords him the opportunity to never look back. This is, hands down, the Australian release of the year from a hardworking, prolific and dedicated talent. 


WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE CASTLE 
Emily Carroll 
Koyama 
Due June 

Rejoice! Emily Carroll returns in mid-2019 with When I Arrived At The Castle, 72 pages of new Gothic horror – the genre of which she’s the undisputed comics Queen. An unnamed female protagonist (at least in the solicits) embarks on a quest that many before her never returned from – eradicating the evil that lurks at the Countess’ castle. Carroll’s self-proclaimed experiment in “goth-erotic horror” will lead protagonist and reader both on undoubtedly a rich, symbolic journey and right into a web of shadows, secrets, hidden evil and creepy sexiness. 

Carroll’s ever inventive with her layouts and her lush, sweeping lines and sumptuous colours are a constant treat, as easy on the eyes as comics get. Her acclaimed collection, Through The Woods gave readers a smart, stylish collection of Gothic horror treats flavoured with dashes of Shirley Jackson. When I Arrived At The Castle (a very Jackson-esque title) would seem to inject more than a thimbleful of subverted Hammer sexiness into the mix, all of which should make quite the comics cocktail indeed. Publisher Koyama boasts“eroticism that doesn’t just make your skin crawl, it crawls into it.” 

That's it! 

See you later. Love your comics. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Comics For Wednesday 2nd of January


It's the last new comic list for 2018, for the first new comic shipment of 2019 that will be ready to go first thing this Wednesday!
Turns out to be a total winner.
Dive in and check it out.

Having started as a small team in New York, under the leadership of Ms. Marvel and the pen of Jim Zub, the Champions have grown to become a global team in CHAMPIONS #1. Spread across dozens of countries around the world, the young superheroes are saving more people's days than ever before. But under the surface of this expanded mission lies a dark secret, one that could shatter the intricately built network.

After spending an era at Dark Horse, the Cimmerian barbarian known as Conan returns to the publisher that gave him his first home in comics with CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1, from Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar. Robert E. Howard's most enduring creation returns in stories only Marvel Comics can bring you, taking him from his birthplace of Cimmeria, to the Kingdom of Aquilonia and the unknown regions beyond. If you're a longtime fan, or a newbie trying to find a place to start, this is the book for you!

With the arrival of a brand new Conan #1, why not also indulge your nostalgia or find out where it all began with TRUE BELIEVERS CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1? Faithfully reprinting the original Conan the Barbarian #1 from 1970, it's just like it was back when it was first released, and only a tiny portion of how much it goes for today.

Infinity Wars is over at last, but if you thought that was the end, Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley will make you rethink that idea with INFINITY WARS INFINITY #1. If you want to know what comes after Infinity, then you can't miss this one.

"Hello there."
"General Kenobi!"
That's right, folks, one of the most beloved Jedi Knights in Star Wars history stars in his own one-shot with STAR WARS AOR OBI-WAN KENOBI #1, from Jody Houser and Cory Smith. Depicting Obi-Wan's early days as a fully-fledged Jedi Knight, Kenobi has followed through with his deceased master's wishes and taken young Anakin Skywalker as his Padawan learner. Can the two find balance as master and apprentice, or will both be doomed by the differences between them?

Marvel's hit podcast, Wolverine: The Dark Night comes to the comic book page courtesy of Ben Percy and Marcio Takara with WOLVERINE LONG NIGHT ADAPTATION #1 (OF 5). A mysterious series of deaths in Burns, Alaska come to the attention of the FBI, and they respond with Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall. The two agents will soon learn that there is more to this case than meets the eye, and how does Wolverine tie into it all?

Start the new year with an explosive bang by picking up Tom King and Clay Mann's mysterious and ever intriguing HEROES IN CRISIS #4 (OF 9). Wonder Woman finds out the hard way that Booster Gold can be a formidable witness even when faced with the lasso of truth, whilst Batman and the Flash team up to uncover who leaked the existence of the Sanctuary and Harley and Batgirl get a little one on one time.

The next era of Jeff Lemire's ever-popular Black Hammer universe begins in BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 03 AGE OF DOOM PART I, which picks up with Lucy Weber as the brand new Black Hammer. But before she can reveal herself to the rest of her fellow heroes, she finds herself whisked away to an even stranger world, filled with punk rock detectives, emo gods, anthro humans and many more in a gritty world that is just crying out for hero!

After phases of his life most heroic and despicable, Wade finds himself back at square one in DEADPOOL SKOTTIE YOUNG TP VOL 01 MERCIN HARD FOR MONEY, returning to his mercenary life to fund his rather humble business. But world-spanning crises don't wait for you to pay the bills, so 'Pool is gonna have to save the world and find the funds to do so. It's Deadpool the way he was originally imagined, and brought to you thanks to Skottie Young and Nic Klein.

Death comes cheap in comic books, and resurrection is always comes at a discount, but let Jim Starlin take you back to the days where death was the final word for many in DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP NEW PTG. Kree soldier Captain Mar-Vell is one of the greatest heroes you may not have heard of, a friend of Carol Danvers, the current Cap Marvel, and a seemingly innocuous event led to his untimely demise. This is his most notable story, and if you're interested in the legacy of Captain Marvel, you can't pass this one up.

The miniseries from Donny Cates and Ariel Olivetti that made you believe an Inhuman can die is completely collected within the pages of DEATH OF INHUMANS TP. The alien Kree are traversing the Marvel Universe on a killing spree, and ask: join or die. The thousands of Inhumans in space who refused leave their corpses as evidence of their decision, and they died without their king. Now Black Bolt is mad, and he'll do everything he can to ensure the survival of his people. The Death of the Inhumans? Over his dead body.

Like his fellow Defenders before him, Iron Fist's latest, digital-first series finally arrives in print with IRON FIST MPGN TP. A darkness is spreading over New York City, claiming the lives of those connected to the supernatural. The threat comes to the notice of Danny Rand, the Immortal Iron Fist, but this might be an evil too great for him to deal with on his own.

An artist book so big, IDW had to solicit it in advance just so that you have time to prepare and save your hard-earned dollars for: the JIM LEE DC LEGENDS ARTIFACT ED HC! With a career spanning decades, the greatest works of Jim Lee, from Marvel, DC and Image, are scanned directly from the original prints. This gives you your closest look at a master artist's penciling of some of the world's greatest superheroes, like Batman and the X-Men, and the Artifact edition size will let you see even the most minute of details. At last, its finally arrived, and yours to enjoy!

To save the Web of Life of the Marvel Multiverse, you need to put together an epic Spidey team. To put together an epic Spidey team, you need epic teams of creators, and the stars all align to bring you SPIDER-GEDDON TP EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON. Jed MacKay, Zac Thompson, Gerardo Sandoval, Alberto Albuquerque and more unite to tell tales of different Spider-People and how they get drafted into... Spider-Geddon!

Two of the finest creative powerhouses to ever grace the published pages of DC Comics, the late Darwyn Cooke and the great Tim Sale, tell a story of Superman's first encounter with the deadly substance that was once his home planet in SUPERMAN KRYPTONITE DELUXE ED HC. Kryptonite has arrived on Earth, and it may take Superman down well before his prime, and that may leave Lois' life in the balance as she's pursued by a mysterious stranger.

After writing a Tony Stark-esque Peter Parker, Dan Slott gets his hands on the real deal with TONY STARK IRON MAN TP VOL 01 SELF MADE MAN, with Valerio Schiti on art duties. Tony has his brand new body, and he's not wasting a single moment, atoning for one of his more arrogant mistakes in his youth, whilst preparing the world for the Stark E-Scape and protecting it from the corrupt, corporate executive: Sunset Bain. All that, and robot ethics from Jocasta too!

2018 is gone, long live 2019! Start your new year right with a bookload of new comics, trades and other goodies with PREVIEWS #364 JANUARY 2019. With every page containing at least one new product, plan out your 2019 with every new book you want! If you can't get your hands on a copy, we'll soon upload our new Previews album on Facebook, so keep your eyes peeled!

For as many decades as the Transformers have waged their wars for our entertainment, there have been plenty of action figures and toys to maintain and enhance our engagement with our favourite Autobots and Decepticons. Now, those same Transformers are back in a new, smaller, cuter form with TRANSFORMERS AUTOBOTS KESHI SURPRISE FIGURE BMB & TRANSFORMERS DECEPTICONS KESHI SURPRISE FIGURE BMB! With each box being a blind box, you won't know which of the bots you'll get, or which of the four colours it will come in. Be wary when you choose your box, and good luck getting the ones you want.

 So that's it, farewell 2018 and welcome 2019. Whatever you do to celebrate this NYE, be merry and be safe and thank you all again for another year of support and love for the world of comics. 
Until we see you next, live life and read comics!


MARVEL
CHAMPIONS #1
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1
DEADPOOL #8
IMMORTAL HULK #11
INFINITY WARS INFINITY #1
KILLMONGER #3 (OF 5)
MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #5 (OF 6)
MARVEL TALES FANTASTIC FOUR #1
MR AND MRS X #7
MSH ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN ACROSS SPIDER-VERSE #1
RUNAWAYS #17
SHATTERSTAR #4 (OF 5)
STAR WARS AOR OBI-WAN KENOBI #1
STAR WARS HAN SOLO IMPERIAL CADET #3 (OF 5)
TONY STARK IRON MAN #7
TRUE BELIEVERS CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1
UNCANNY X-MEN #8
WINTER SOLDIER #2
WOLVERINE LONG NIGHT ADAPTATION #1 (OF 5)

DC COMICS
ACTION COMICS #1006
BATGIRL #30
BATMAN BEYOND #27
DETECTIVE COMICS #995
FLASH #61
HEROES IN CRISIS #4 (OF 9)
INJUSTICE VS THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #6 (OF 6)
JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #4
OLD LADY HARLEY #3 (OF 5)
RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #11 (OF 12)
SCARLET #5 (OF 5) (MR)
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #45
SILENCER #12
TERRIFICS #11
TITANS #32
WONDER WOMAN #61

VERTIGO
BOOKS OF MAGIC #3
HEX WIVES #3

BOOM
CODA #8 (OF 12)
EMPTY MAN #3
GIANT DAYS #46
OVER GARDEN WALL HOLLOW TOWN #4
STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #23
WWE #24

DARK HORSE
BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW #12
HALO LONE WOLF #1 (OF 4)
OLIVIA TWIST #4
STRANGER THINGS #4
SWORD DAUGHTER #5
UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION #4
WHISPERING DARK #3

IMAGE
CROWDED #6
GASOLINA #14
LOW #20
REDNECK #18
SAVAGE DRAGON #241
UNNATURAL #6 (OF 12)
WALKING DEAD #187

ONI
RICK & MORTY #45

MISC
ARCHIE #701
ARCHIE 1941 #4 (OF 5)
CARSON OF VENUS #2 PIRATES OF VENUS
JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #11

MAGAZINE
HEAVY METAL #292 
MARVEL PREVIEWS VOL 04 #18 JANUARY 2019
PREVIEWS #364 JANUARY 2019

TRADES
20TH CENTURY BOYS TP VOL 02 PERFECT ED URASAWA
AVENGERS TP KREE SKRULL WAR NEW PTG
BAREFOOT GEN GN VOL 03 (CURR PTG)
BATMAN BY NEAL ADAMS TP BOOK 02
BATMAN PRODIGAL TP NEW ED
BATMAN SHADOW THE MURDER GENIUSES TP
BILL & TED SAVE UNIVERSE TP
BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 03 AGE OF DOOM PART I
BPRD HELL ON EARTH HC VOL 04
CONAN READER TP
DARK DAYS ROAD TO METAL TP
DEADPOOL SKOTTIE YOUNG TP VOL 01 MERCIN HARD FOR M
DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP NEW PTG
DEATH OF INHUMANS TP
DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC GREATEST ADVENTURES
ELECTRIC STATE HC
GIANT SPIDER & ME POST APOCALYPTIC TALE GN VOL 03
GOLDEN KAMUY GN VOL 07
HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 07 DARKSTARS RISING
HOUSE OF MYSTERY THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01
I HEAR THE SUNSPOT GN VOL 03 LIMIT PT 1
IRON FIST MPGN TP
JAZZ LEGEND GN
JIM HENSON POWER OF DARK CRYSTAL TP VOL 01
JINX TP NEW ED
MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES GN TP TO WAKANDA AND B
MIGHTY CRUSADERS TP VOL 01
MIRAI LIGHT NOVEL HC VOL 01
POKEMON SUN & MOON GN VOL 02
POWERS TP BOOK 02 NEW ED
RING OF NIBELUNG TP
SNIPER ELITE RESISTANCE TP
SPIDER-GEDDON TP EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON
SPIDER-MAN BEN REILLY OMNIBUS HC VOL 01
STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK LAST JEDI
SUPERMAN KRYPTONITE DELUXE ED HC
SWEET TOOTH TP BOOK 03
TERRIFIED TEACHER AT GHOUL SCHOOL GN VOL 05
TONY STARK IRON MAN TP VOL 01 SELF MADE MAN
VAGABOND VALISE
WILDSTORM MICHAEL CRAY TP VOL 02
WITCHFINDER TP VOL 05 GATES OF HEAVEN
YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 14

MERCH
TRANSFORMERS AUTOBOTS KESHI SURPRISE FIGURE BMB 24
TRANSFORMERS DECEPTICONS KESHI SURPRISE FIGURE BMB