Sunday, February 28, 2021

New Comics For Week Of Wednesday 3rd March


This week is gonna be BIG!

Thanks to terrible weather in the States, we are due to have last week's shipment, as well as this week's at the same time! Crazy!

Even crazier, Keanu Reeves BRZRKR #1 is out too. 

Not only is it the highest ordered comic in nearly 8 years, you might have seen we are donating 100% of sales from the rare ratio/incentive covers to the Big Umbrella Foundation to help with their work with Melbourne's homeless communities. 

On top of all that, it's a crazy, action packed book you are gonna want to get your hands on. 
So either grab the standard cover or help us with some charity fundraising by picking up a incentive cover, just make sure you don't miss out!

If there is something extra you are after make sure to get your requests to us before 5pm Monday to give us the best chance to secure you what you are after as we'll have limited shelf stock available.

Until we next see or hear from you, stay safe, live life and read comics!























BOOM STUDIOS

BRZRKR (BERZERKER) #1 

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #23 

 

DARK HORSE COMICS

AVATAR THE NEXT SHADOW #3 (OF 4) 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

DEAD DOGS BITE #1 (OF 4) 

FEAR CASE #2 (OF 4)

 

DC COMICS

BATMAN #106 

CRIME SYNDICATE #1 

DREAMING WAKING HOURS #8 (MR)

INFINITE FRONTIER #0 (ONE SHOT) 

MAN-BAT #2 (OF 5)

SENSATIONAL WONDER WOMAN #1

SUICIDE SQUAD #1

SWAMP THING #1 (OF 10)

 

DYNAMITE

JAMES BOND AGENT OF SPECTRE #1

SONJAVERSAL #2 

 

IDW PUBLISHING

MARVEL ACTION CAPTAIN MARVEL (2021) #1

TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS #2

 

IMAGE COMICS

FIRE POWER BY KIRKMAN & SAMNEE #9

NOCTERRA #1  (MR)

UNEARTH #10 (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

WALKING DEAD DLX #10 

 

MARVEL COMICS

AMERICA CHAVEZ MADE IN USA #1 (OF 5)

AVENGERS #43

AVENGERS MECH STRIKE #2 (OF 5)

DEMON DAYS X-MEN #1

HELLIONS #10

KING IN BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

KING IN BLACK GWENOM VS CARNAGE #3 (OF 3)

KING IN BLACK HANDBOOK #1

KING IN BLACK THUNDERBOLTS #3 (OF 3)

KING IN BLACK WICCAN HULKLING #1

POWER PACK #4 (OF 5) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

RUNAWAYS #34

STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC #3

 

ONI

JONNA AND THE UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS #1 

RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS JERRYBOREE #1 

RICK AND MORTY WORLDS APART #2 

 

MISC

ASCENCIA #2

CASUAL FLING #2 (MR)

CHARIOT #1 

DEAD END KIDS SUBURBAN JOB #2 (OF 4) 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

ENGINEWARD #8

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

PLOT #8

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

RESONANT #8 (MR)

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

UNDONE BY BLOOD OTHER SIDE OF EDEN #1 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

MAGAZINES

HEAVY METAL #304 

 

TRADES

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER TP VOL 11 LAST REMAINS

AMETHYST TP

BAD MOTHER TP

BATMAN & THE OUTSIDERS VOL 03 THE DEMONS FIRE TP

BLADE RUNNER TP VOL 03 HOME AGAIN HOME AGAIN

BOYS DEAR BECKY TP

CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLL TP LIVES AGAIN NEW PTG

DC POSTER PORTFOLIO GREG CAPULLO TP

DOCTOR DOOM TP VOL 02 BEDFORD FALLS

FAITHLESS II TP (MR)

GIRLSPLAINING ORIGINAL HC 

MAESTRO TP SYMPHONY IN GAMMA KEY

NIGHTWING THE JOKER WAR HC

RED SONJA (2019) TP VOL 02 QUEENS GAMBIT

SAVAGE AVENGERS TP VOL 03 ENTER THE DRAGON

SUPERMAN & BATMAN GENERATIONS OMNIBUS HC

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES LEX LUTHOR MAN OF METROPOLIS TP

TRANSFORMERS 84 TP SECRETS & LIES

VAMPIRELLA RED SONJA TP VOL 01 THESE DARK SYNCHRONICITIES

WALUK THE GREAT JOURNEY HC

X-MEN EPIC COLLECTION FATE OF PHOENIX TP






Sunday, February 21, 2021

New Comics For Week Of Wednesday 24th February

Okokok...so Facebook is playing funny bois with what we are and aren't allowed to post on our comic retail page, seems we are taking this very page's life in our hands every single time we post something.
What that means is for the time being the way we post stuff might be a little different...like New Comics For this week list! 

While this post will still appear on our blogspot in all it's glory, we are just going to cut and paste it's entire contents to here in the hopes for not being flagged by our FB Overlords.

So here it is. This week's list. 
Impressive, yes?

 If there is something extra you are after make sure to get your requests to us before 5pm Monday to give us the best chance to secure you what you are after as we'll have limited shelf stock available.

Until we next see or hear from you, stay safe, live life and read comics! 


(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FAITH #1

FUTURE STATE HOUSE OF EL #1

GENERATIONS FORGED #1

STRAY DOGS #1 

TWO MOONS #1 

MARVELS VOICES LEGACY #1

FAITHLESS II TP 

DRAGON AGE FIRST FIVE GN

POST YORK TP 

HARLEY QUINN & THE BIRDS OF PREY HUNT FOR HARLEY HC

JOKER WAR SAGA HC

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE TP

JIM LEES X-MEN ARTIST ED HC 

COMP DARKNESS TP VOL 01 (MR)

DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH TP VOL 01 (MR)

NOVEMBER HC VOL 04 (MR)

WRITE IT IN BLOOD TP (MR)

CONAN TP EXODUS AND OTHER TALES

SPIDER-MAN TP BLOODLINE

CAPTAIN MARVEL MARVELS SNAPSHOTS #1

CHASING THE DRAGON #1 (OF 5)

NUCLEAR FAMILY #1

PREVIEWS #390 MARCH 2021 (NET)

FROM HELL MASTER EDITION HC (MR)

GIRL HAVEN GN

NUBIA REAL ONE TP

CONAN THE BARBARIAN ULTIMATES WV1 CONAN AF

CONAN THE BARBARIAN ULTIMATES WV1 REXOR AF

CONAN THE BARBARIAN ULTIMATES WV1 THORGRIM AF

CONAN THE BARBARIAN ULTIMATES WV1 THULSA DOOM AF


BOOM STUDIOS

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FAITH #1

FIREFLY #26 

SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #15

 

DARK HORSE COMICS

CRIMSON FLOWER #2

SKULLDIGGER & SKELETON BOY #6 (OF 6)

TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH

 

DC COMICS

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #3 (OF 6)

BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT PRESENTS HARLEY QUINN #5 (OF 6)

FUTURE STATE AQUAMAN #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE BATMAN SUPERMAN #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE DARK DETECTIVE #4 (OF 4)

FUTURE STATE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE SUICIDE SQUAD #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE SUPERMAN HOUSE OF EL #1 (ONE SHOT)

FUTURE STATE SUPERMAN VS IMPERIOUS LEX #2 (OF 3)

GENERATIONS FORGED #1 (ONE SHOT)

 

DYNAMITE

RED SONJA #24 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #15 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)


 

IDW PUBLISHING

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #37

USAGI YOJIMBO WANDERERS ROAD #4 (OF 6) 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)


 

IMAGE COMICS

CROSSOVER #4

DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #6

ICE CREAM MAN #23

MONSTRESS #32 (MR)

NAILBITER RETURNS #10 (MR)

NOMEN OMEN #12 (OF 15) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #30

POST AMERICANA #3 (OF 6) (MR)

RAIN LIKE HAMMERS #2 (OF 5) (MR)

SAVAGE DRAGON #257 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

SCUMBAG #5

SPAWN #315 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

STRAY DOGS #1

TWO MOONS #1

 

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #60

BLACK CAT #3 KIB

BLACK PANTHER #23

CAPTAIN MARVEL #26

CAPTAIN MARVEL MARVELS SNAPSHOTS #1

KING IN BLACK NAMOR #4 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK RETURN OF VALKYRIES #3 (OF 4)

MAESTRO WAR AND PAX #2 (OF 5)

MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #18

MARVELS VOICES LEGACY #1

NEW MUTANTS #16

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN KING IN BLACK #4 (OF 5)

THE UNION #3 (OF 5) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

US AGENT #3 (OF 5)

WARHAMMER 40K MARNEUS CALGAR #5 (OF 5)

WOLVERINE #10

X-MEN #18

 

VALIANT

BLOODSHOT (2019) #11  (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)


MISC

AMAZING BATVARK ONE SHOT (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

BROOKLYN GLADIATOR #4 (OF 5) (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

CHASING THE DRAGON #1 (OF 5)

EDGAR ALLAN POE`S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #5 (MR) 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

FISHKILL #4 (OF 4) (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

I BREATHED A BODY #2

KAIJU SCORE #4

MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED VOL 2 #4 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

NUCLEAR FAMILY #1

SERIAL #2 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

SYMPATHY FOR NO DEVILS #5 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

TAARNA (2020) #3 (OF 6) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

VAMPIRESS CARMILLA MAGAZINE #2 (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

YEAR ZERO VOL 2 #4 (MR)

 

MAGAZINES

MARVEL PREVIEWS VOL 05 #9 MARCH 2021

PREVIEWS #390 MARCH 2021 


TRADES

BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS CONTESTED TP

CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON COMPLETE COLLECTION TP

CATWOMAN VOL 4 COME HOME ALLEY CAT TP

COLLECTED TOPPI HC VOL 05 EASTERN PATH

COMP DARKNESS TP VOL 01 (MR)

CONAN TP EXODUS AND OTHER TALES

COURTNEY CRUMRIN TP VOL 07

CRASHPAD HC GARY PANTER 

CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS BOOK 01 CROSSING OVER TP

DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH TP VOL 01 (MR)

DISASTER INC TP

EX MACHINA COMPENDIUM TWO TP (MR)

FROM HELL MASTER EDITION HC (MR)

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST FULLMETAL EDITION HC VOL 12

GHOST-SPIDER TP VOL 02 PARTY PEOPLE

GIRL HAVEN GN

GIRL WITHOUT A FACE GN VOL 01

GOON BUNCH OF OLD CRAP TP VOL 04

GRUMBLE TP VOL 03 MEMPHIS & BEYOND THE INFINITE

JIM LEES X-MEN ARTIST ED HC

JOKER WAR SAGA HC

MIERUKO-CHAN GN VOL 02

MILES MORALES TP VOL 04 ULTIMATUM

MOORCOCK LIB ELRIC ETERNAL CHAMPION HC VOL 01

NEIL GAIMAN PIRATE STEW HC

NOVEMBER HC VOL 04 (MR)

NUBIA REAL ONE TP

RED SONJA WORLDS AWAY TP VOL 05 END OF ROAD

SPAWN COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (NEW EDITION)

SPIDER-MAN TP BLOODLINE

STAR WARS ALPHABET SQUADRON HC NOVEL VICTORYS PRIC

SUPERMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS HC

SWAMP THING THE BRONZE AGE VOL 3 TP

TALES FROM THE DC DARK MULTIVERSE TP

TEEN TITANS VOL 4 ROBIN NO MORE TP

TRANSFORMERS HC VOL 03 ALL FALL DOWN

VAGRANT QUEEN TP VOL 02 A PLANET CALLED DOOM

VAMPIRELLA SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT VOL 01

WRITE IT IN BLOOD TP (MR)

ZOO PATROL SQUAD GN VOL 02 RUN MONSTER RUN

 

MERCH

CONAN THE BARBARIAN ULTIMATES WV1 CONAN AF

CONAN THE BARBARIAN ULTIMATES WV1 REXOR AF

CONAN THE BARBARIAN ULTIMATES WV1 THORGRIM AF

CONAN THE BARBARIAN ULTIMATES WV1 THULSA DOOM AF


Monday, February 15, 2021

New Comics For Week Of Wednesday 17th February


Who knew we'd be celebrating our 10th Anniversary from behind closed doors?!
What a weird old time. But we are still most definitely here to help with whatever your comic needs may be. 
Even though you can't shop instore for the next few days that doesn't mean you still can't get your hands on the last lot of tickets for the $1000 All Star Gift Voucher Giveaway before it's drawn on the 20th!
Place an order online via the webstore or just call us to organise a purchase over the phone, spend $50 and you've got yourself another ticket for the big prize!

But before the 20th, there is this week's new comics for you too. Have a peek and tell us what you think.

 If there is something extra you are after make sure to get your requests to us before 5pm Monday to give us the best chance to secure you what you are after as we'll have limited shelf stock available.

Until we next hear from you, stay home, wear a mask, stay safe, live life and read comics! 

YOUNG HELLBOY THE HIDDEN LAND #1 (OF 4)

TRUTH & JUSTICE #1

TMNT THE LAST RONIN #2 (OF 5)

ARIA HEAVENLY CREATURES (ONE-SHOT) 

BLACK KNIGHT #1 FACSIMILE EDITION

IMMORTAL HULK FLATLINE #1

X-MEN LEGENDS #1

BOOKS OF MAGIC TP VOL 03 DWELLING IN POSSIBILITY (MR)

DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY TP VOL 05 TRUTH DARE

FOREVER HOME ORIGINAL GN

HELLBLAZER TP VOL 24 SECTIONED (MR)

SCENE OF THE CRIME TP (MR)

STRANGE ACADEMY GN TP FIRST CLASS

HOLLOW HEART #1

SHADOW DOCTOR #1

STEAMBOUND #1 (MR)

CROSSROADS AT MIDNIGHT GN

MARVELS SPIDER MAN MILES MORALES ART OF GAME HC

ZOM 100 BUCKET LIST OF THE DEAD GN VOL 01


BOOM

ABBOTT 1973 #2 (OF 5)

EXPANSE #3 (OF 4)

ONCE & FUTURE #16

POWER RANGERS #4

 

DARK HORSE COMICS

BARBALIEN RED PLANET #4 (OF 5)

STRANGER THINGS D&D CROSSOVER #4

YOUNG HELLBOY THE HIDDEN LAND #1 (OF 4)

 

DC COMICS

BATMAN CATWOMAN #3 (OF 12)

FUTURE STATE CATWOMAN #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE IMMORTAL WONDER WOMAN #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE NIGHTWING #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE SHAZAM #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE SUPERMAN WORLDS OF WAR #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE THE NEXT BATMAN #4 (OF 4)

MAD MAGAZINE #18

SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU #108 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

TRUTH & JUSTICE #1

 

DYNAMITE

DIE!NAMITE #5 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

RED SONJA PRICE OF BLOOD #3

SACRED SIX #7 

VAMPIRELLA DARK POWERS #3 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

IDW PUBLISHING

TMNT THE LAST RONIN #2 (OF 5)

 

IMAGE COMICS

ARIA HEAVENLY CREATURES (ONE-SHOT)

EXCELLENCE #10

FAMILY TREE #11

HAHA #2 (OF 6)

STILLWATER BY ZDARSKY & PEREZ #6 (MR)

WALKING DEAD DLX #9

 

MARVEL COMICS

BLACK KNIGHT #1 FACSIMILE EDITION

BLACK WIDOW #5

CABLE #8

CAPTAIN AMERICA #27

CHAMPIONS #4

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #11

IMMORTAL HULK FLATLINE #1

IRON FIST HEART OF DRAGON #2 (OF 6)

IRON MAN #6

KING IN BLACK #4 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK PLANET OF SYMBIOTES #2 (OF 3)

MARAUDERS #18

MARVEL #5 (OF 6)

MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #23 KIB

MODOK HEAD GAMES #3 (OF 4)

SAVAGE AVENGERS #18 KIB

SPIDER-WOMAN #9

THOR #12

X-MEN LEGENDS #1

 

MISC

AMERICAN RONIN #5 (OF 5) (MR)

BYTE SIZED #3 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

HOLLOW HEART #1

MISKATONIC #4 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

PENULTIMAN #5 (OF 5) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

PICTURE OF EVERYTHING ELSE #2

SABRINA SOMETHING WICKED #5 (OF 5)

SECOND COMING ONLY BEGOTTEN SON #2

SHADOW DOCTOR #1

STEAMBOUND #1 (MR)

WE LIVE #5

 

MAGAZINES

2000 AD OCT 2020 PROG PACK (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

ALTER EGO #168 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #426 

STAR TREK MAGAZINE #79 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

TRADES

BLEED THEM DRY TP

BLUE FLAG GN VOL 06

BOOKS OF MAGIC VOL 3 DWELLING IN POSSIBILITY TP (MR)

CAPTAIN AMERICA HEROES RETURN COMPLETE COLLECTION

CROSSROADS AT MIDNIGHT GN

DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY TP VOL 05 TRUTH DARE

DAWN OF X TP VOL 13

DEVILS HIGHWAY TP (MR)

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS INFERNAL TIDES TP

ENKI BILAL LEGENDS OF TODAY HC (MR)

FOREVER HOME ORIGINAL GN

FRANK THORNE COMP GHITA OF ALIZARR GN (MR)

GOLDEN KAMUY GN VOL 20 (MR)

HELLBLAZER VOL 24 SANCTIONED TP (MR)

I WISH I COULD SAY THANK YOU GN

JIM HENSON DARK CRYSTAL JOURNEY INTO MONDO LEVIADI

LOCKER ROOM TP (MR)

LUNATIC GN WORDLESS STORY

MARVELS SPIDER MAN MILES MORALES ART OF GAME HC

MERMAID SAGA COLLECTORS EDITION GN VOL 02 (OF 2)

MS MARVEL GN TP ARMY OF ONE

MY LIFE IN TRANSITION SC (MR)

SCENE OF THE CRIME TP (MR)

SIGN OF AFFECTION GN VOL 01

SILK OUT OF THE SPIDER-VERSE TP VOL 01

STRANGE ACADEMY GN TP FIRST CLASS

URUSEI YATSURA GN VOL 09

WONDER WOMAN BOOK 02 ARES RISING TP

X-MEN GN-TP EVOLUTION

ZOM 100 BUCKET LIST OF THE DEAD GN VOL 01


Sunday, February 7, 2021

New Comics For Week Of Wednesday 10th February

Thanks to everyone that has passed on Happy Anniversary well wishes last week. We are still giving out tickets for our $1000 Gift Voucher Giveaway with purchases over $50, so this week and next is a perfect time to drop in (or make a web order) to get your shot at that sweet, sweet anniversary giveaway mun mun!
Of course you'll have all of the comics below to help get you the entry ticket, so have a read and make a list and get in for your chance to win big! 

 If there is something extra you are after make sure to get your requests to us before 5pm Monday to give us the best chance to secure you what you are after as we'll have limited shelf stock available.

Until we next see or hear from you, stay safe, live life and read comics! 

BLACK HAMMER VISIONS #1 (OF 8)

CRITICAL ROLE VOX MACHINA ORIGINS III #1

DC LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD #1 (ONE SHOT)

RADIANT BLACK #1 CVR A CHO

KING IN BLACK BLACK PANTHER #1

MORBIUS BOND OF BLOOD #1

A MAN AMONG YE TP VOL 01

BATMAN HC VOL 02 THE JOKER WAR

JO & RUS ORIGINAL GN

LOST SOLDIERS TP

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS TP VOL 14

CASUAL FLING #1

MAPMAKER #1

A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT TP VOL 01 (MR)

CAPTAIN AMERICA BY TA-NEHISI COATES TP VOL 04 ALL

GRANDE ODALISQUE HC

HERNANDEZ HYPNOTWIST HC

PARENTHESIS GN

THIRSTY MERMAIDS GN


BOOM 

LAST WITCH #2

MIGHTY MORPHIN #4

ORCS #1 (OF 6)

ORIGINS #4 (OF 6)

 

DARK HORSE COMICS

BLACK HAMMER VISIONS #1 (OF 8)

CRITICAL ROLE VOX MACHINA ORIGINS III #1

NEIL GAIMAN NORSE MYTHOLOGY #5

TRUE LIVES FABULOUS KILLJOYS NATIONAL ANTHEM #5

 

DC COMICS

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 1976 #5 (OF 9)

DC LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD #1 (ONE SHOT)

FUTURE STATE DARK DETECTIVE #3 (OF 4)

FUTURE STATE GREEN LANTERN #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE KARA ZOR-EL SUPERWOMAN #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE ROBIN ETERNAL #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE TEEN TITANS #2 (OF 2)

GREEN LANTERN SEASON TWO #11 (OF 12)

RORSCHACH #5 (OF 12)

SWEET TOOTH THE RETURN #4 (OF 6) (MR)

 

DYNAMITE

DEJAH THORIS (2019) #10 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

RED SONJA THE SUPERPOWERS #2

RED SONJA VALENTINES SP ONE SHOT (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

VAMPIRELLA #17 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

IDW PUBLISHING

COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF ANIMATION #3 (OF 5) 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #278 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO YEARBOOK #1 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

GOOSEBUMPS SECRETS OF THE SWAMP #5 (OF 5)

JUDGE DREDD FALSE WITNESS #4 (OF 4)

SCARENTHOOD #4 (OF 4)

STAR TREK VOYAGER SEVENS RECKONING #4 (OF 4) 

TMNT ONGOING #114

TRANSFORMERS ESCAPE #2 (OF 5)

 

IMAGE COMICS

BIRTHRIGHT #46 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

BLISS #5 (OF 8) (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

COMMANDERS IN CRISIS #5 (OF 12) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

HOME SICK PILOTS #3

KICK-ASS VS HIT-GIRL #4 (OF 5)

LOW #26

RADIANT BLACK #1

UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #12

 

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #59

DAREDEVIL #27 KIB

ETERNALS #2

EXCALIBUR #18

FANTASTIC FOUR #29 KIB

KING IN BLACK BLACK PANTHER #1

KING IN BLACK THUNDERBOLTS #2 (OF 3)

MORBIUS BOND OF BLOOD #1

POWER PACK #3 (OF 5)

STAR WARS DARTH VADER #10

SWORD #3 KIB

TASKMASTER #3 (OF 5)

WOLVERINE BLACK WHITE BLOOD #3 (OF 4)

X-FORCE #17

 

ONI

VAIN #5 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

MISC

ARCHIE & FRIENDS GUIDE TO DATING #1

CASUAL FLING #1

DEVILS RED BRIDE #5 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

DOCTOR WHO COMICS #4 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

E RATIC #3

GINSENG ROOTS #8

GUNG HO SEXY BEAST #2 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

HAPPY HOUR #4 (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

HEAVY #5 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

I WALK WITH MONSTERS #3

KING TANK GIRL #3 (OF 5)

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #279 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

KNOCK EM DEAD #3

MAPMAKER #1

RED ATLANTIS #4 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

SCOUTS HONOR #2

SPACE BASTARDS #2 (MR)

WASTED SPACE #19 (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

MAGAZINES

BACK ISSUE #125 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

FANGORIA VOL 2 #10 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

RETROFAN MAGAZINE #13 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

STAR WARS INSIDER #200 NEWSSTAND ED (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

TRADES

A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT TP VOL 01 (MR)

A MAN AMONG YE TP VOL 01

ABSOLUTE PLANETARY HC

AQUAMAN VOL 04 ECHOES OF A LIFE LIVED WELL TP

BATMAN VOL 02 THE JOKER WAR HC

CAPTAIN AMERICA BY TA-NEHISI COATES TP VOL 04 ALL

CHAINSAW MAN GN VOL 03 (MR)

DISNEY KINGDOMS GN TP FIGMENT

ESSENTIAL JUDGE DREDD APOCALYPSE WAR TP

FREIHEIT WHITE ROSE GN

GRANDE ODALISQUE HC

HAWKMAN VOL 04 HAWKS ETERNAL TP

HERNANDEZ HYPNOTWIST HC

JO & RUS ORIGINAL GN

KOMI CANT COMMUNICATE GN VOL 11

LOST SOLDIERS TP

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS TP VOL 14

MORBIUS EPIC COLLECTION TP LIVING VAMPIRE

OLD HAUNTS TP

OMNI TP VOL 02 NO MORE HATE

PARENTHESIS GN

POKEMON ADV COLLECTORS ED TP VOL 06

RAI (2019) TP VOL 02

THIRSTY MERMAIDS GN

TMNT ONGOING (IDW) COLL HC VOL 12

TRANSFORMERS IDW COLL PHASE 2 HC VOL 12

WITCHFINDER TP VOL 06 REIN OF DARKNESS



Sunday, January 31, 2021

New Comics For Week Of Wednesday 3rd February

 
Well, well, well...seems this week we are celebrating a little milestone. 
This Thursday marks 10 YEARS since we first opened our doors to Melbourne's comic book fans and what a ride!

As cool as this is for us (and we've got a few surprises planned for you too), that also means the return of the massive All Star Anniversary Gift Voucher Giveaway! Previous years have been big but this year is something special.

In the meantime let's get excited for this week's books and keep your eyes peeled on our socials for more anniversary details coming soooooooon.

 Remember if there is something extra you are after make sure to get your requests to us before 5pm Monday to give us the best chance to secure you what you are after as we'll have limited shelf stock available.

Until we next see or hear from you, stay safe, live life and read comics! 

LUNA #1 (OF 5) (MR)

SPECTER INSPECTORS #1 (OF 5)

FEAR CASE #1 (OF 4)

MAN BAT #1 (OF 5) (RES)

SONJAVERSAL #1

CHAINED TO THE GRAVE #1 (OF 5) 

TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS #1

DEEP BEYOND #1 (OF 12)

GRAPHIC FANTASY #1 (FACSIMILE ED) (MR)

GRAPHIC FANTASY #2 (FACSIMILE ED) (MR)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101 FACSIMILE EDITION

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 2ND PTG GLEASON VAR LR

AVENGERS MECH STRIKE #1 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK BLACK KNIGHT #1

KING IN BLACK MARAUDERS #1

LEGEND OF SHANG-CHI #1

AFTERLIFT TP (C: 1-0-0)

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES TP 01 BEFORE THE DARKNESS

LUMBERJANES TP VOL 17

MARVEL ZOMBIES TP RESURRECTION

MARVEL ACTION ORIGINS #1 (OF 5)

TMNT THE LAST RONIN #1 (OF 5) 3RD PTG

RICK AND MORTY WORLDS APART #1

ENCODED #1

MANIAC OF NEW YORK #1

REDEMPTION #1

EVEN THOUGH WERE ADULTS GN VOL 01 (MR)

FLASH FACTS TP

KINGS BEAST GN VOL 01

THAT FULL MOON FEELING ONE SHOT (MR)


BOOM 

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #22

LUNA #1 (OF 5) (MR)

SPECTER INSPECTORS #1 (OF 5)

 

DARK HORSE COMICS

AVATAR THE NEXT SHADOW #2 (OF 4)

FEAR CASE #1 (OF 4)

OVERWATCH TRACER LONDON CALLING #3

 

DC COMICS

DREAMING WAKING HOURS #7 (MR)

FAR SECTOR #10 (OF 12)

FUTURE STATE HARLEY QUINN #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE SUPERMAN OF METROPOLIS #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE SWAMP THING #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE THE FLASH #2 (OF 2)

FUTURE STATE THE NEXT BATMAN #3 (OF 4)

FUTURE STATE WONDER WOMAN #2 (OF 2)

HARLEY QUINN AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #4 (OF 4)

HELLBLAZER RISE AND FALL #3 (OF 3)

MAN-BAT #1 (OF 5)

 

DYNAMITE 

DIE!NAMITE BLOODY VALENTINE ONE SHOT 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

SONJAVERSAL #1

VAMPIRELLA VALENTINES SP ONE SHOT

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #14

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

IDW PUBLISHING

CHAINED TO THE GRAVE #1 (OF 5)

MARVEL ACTION CHILLERS #4 (OF 4)

MARVEL ACTION ORIGINS #1 (OF 5)

SEA OF SORROWS #3 (OF 5)

SNAKE EYES DEADGAME #4 (OF 5)

TMNT JENNIKA II #4 (OF 6)

TMNT THE LAST RONIN #1 (OF 5) 3RD PTG

TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS #1

 

IMAGE COMICS

DEEP BEYOND #1 (OF 12)

FIRE POWER BY KIRKMAN & SAMNEE #8

GRAPHIC FANTASY #1 (FACSIMILE ED) (MR)

GRAPHIC FANTASY #2 (FACSIMILE ED) (MR)

INKBLOT #6

SAVAGE DRAGON #256 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

TARTARUS #9 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

WALKING DEAD DLX #8

 

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101 FACSIMILE EDITION

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 2ND PTG GLEASON VAR LR

AVENGERS #42

AVENGERS MECH STRIKE #1 (OF 5)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #354 FACSIMILE EDITION

HELLIONS #9

IMMORTAL HULK #42

IMMORTAL HULK #43

KING IN BLACK BLACK KNIGHT #1

KING IN BLACK GWENOM VS CARNAGE #2 (OF 3)

KING IN BLACK MARAUDERS #1

KING IN BLACK RETURN OF VALKYRIES #2 (OF 4)

LEGEND OF SHANG-CHI #1

RUNAWAYS #33

STAR WARS #11

STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC #2

STRANGE ACADEMY #8

VENOM #33 KIB

WARHAMMER 40K MARNEUS CALGAR #4 (OF 5)

X-FACTOR #7

 

ONI

KAIJUMAX SEASON 5 #6 (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

RICK AND MORTY WORLDS APART #1

 

MISC

CEREBUS IN HELL 2021 PREVIEW ONE SHOT 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER) 

CIMMERIAN FROST GIANTS DAUGHTER #3

DEVILS DOMINION #1

ENCODED #1

ENGINEWARD #7 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

MANIAC OF NEW YORK #1

MANNS WORLD #2

PSYCHODRAMA ILLUSTRATED #4

REDEMPTION #1

RESONANT #7 (MR) (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

VAGRANT QUEEN PLANET CALLED DOOM #6 

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

WRONG EARTH NIGHT AND DAY #2

(PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

MAGAZINES

JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #425 (PRE-ORDER ONLY. ASK ABOUT REORDER)

 

TRADES

AFTERLIFT TP

ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM GN VOL 02 PT 1

ASTER OF PAN HC

AVENGERS BY HICKMAN COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 03

BLACK AF DEVILS DYE TP (MR)

BLOOD ON TRACKS GN VOL 04 (MR) 

BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL2 25 (MR)

BORUTO GN VOL 10 NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS

BUG BOYS YA HC GN VOL 01 OUTSIDE AND BEYOND

COLONEL WEIRD COSMAGOG TP

CONAN THE BARBARIAN BY AARON & ASRAR HC

DAWN OF X TP VOL 12

DCS GREATEST DETECTIVE STORIES EVER TOLD TP

DEMON SLAYER KIMETSU NO YAIBA GN VOL 20

DR STONE GN VOL 15

ETERNALS TP DREAMING CELESTIAL SAGA

ETERNALS TP TO DEFY APOCALYPSE

EVEN THOUGH WERE ADULTS GN VOL 01 (MR)

FLASH FACTS TP

JOJOS BIZARRE ADV 4 DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE HC VOL

JUJUTSU KAISEN GN VOL 08 (MR)

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED HOCUS POCUS TP

KAGUYA SAMA LOVE IS WAR GN VOL 18

KINGS BEAST GN VOL 01

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES BEFORE THE DARKNESS VOL 01 HC

LUCIFER VOL 04 THE DEVIL AT HEART TP (MR)

LUKE CAGE EPIC COLLECTION TP RETRIBUTION

LUMBERJANES TP VOL 17

MANHUNTER BY ARCHIE GOODWIN AND WALTER SIMONSON DELUXE EDITION HC

MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS TP BOOK 04 LIVING NIGHTMARE

MARVEL ZOMBIES TP RESURRECTION

MORBIUS TP PRELUDES AND NIGHTMARES

NIB PANDEMIC

SAMURAI 8 TALE OF HACHIMARU GN VOL 05 (OF 5)

SCARLET WITCH BY JAMES ROBINSON COMPLETE COLLECTION

SUPERMAN IN THE FIFTIES TP

SWORD MASTER TP VOL 02 GOD OF WAR

THAT FULL MOON FEELING ONE SHOT (MR)

TMNT ULTIMATE COLL TP VOL 05

TRANSFORMERS VS TERMINATOR TP

UNCANNY X-MEN HC X-MEN DISASSEMBLED

VENOM BY DONNY CATES HC VOL 02

WE NEVER LEARN GN VOL 14

 

BACK IN STOCK

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 2ND PTG GLEASON VAR LR






Tuesday, January 26, 2021

ALL STAR RECOMMENDS : 2021 COMIC BOOK FORECAST EDITION

 

ALL STAR RECOMMENDS:

2021 COMIC BOOK FORECAST EDITION

Cameron Ashley

 

Hello! Welcome to 2021. 

We’ve had a bit of it now, just a little taste, and I don’t know about you but for whatever reason this particular writer is having a hard time shaking a kind of New Year’s malaise. 

Whether you are like me right now or flying high with the arrival of the new year, either way I’ve got some good news:

There are some great, *great* comics on the way.

Here are a bunch them, alphabetically as always. 

Release dates are fluid things so be sure to contact the store before you start swooning over goodies below. As a guy who has read comics for four decades now, a lifer if you will, I can honestly say that the art form brought me great comfort over the last year as I’m sure it did you. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for comics publishers  (particularly the smaller ones) to look at their publishing slates, make adjustments and work like hell to get them out despite, well, everything. Here’s to them this year, the publishers. Let’s support them and cherish the fact that despite everything going on in the world right now we have the below, and many many other, comics to look forward to this year thanks to their efforts and the efforts of those working in shops not unlike the lovely store that runs this blog.

Onward.



BOYS RUN THE RIOT

Keto Gaku

Vertical

Due August

If anything has All Star Comics Sleeper Hit of 2021 written all over it, it’s Keto Gato’s Boys Run The Riot. Gato’s manga about a transgender teen named Ryuu will be compiled, in its entirety, over two large 400 page volumes beginning in August.

Vertical says: “High schooler Ryuu knows hes transgender. But he doesnt have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He cant tell his best friend, who hes secretly got a crush on, and he cant tell his mom, whos constantly asking why Ryuu is always dressing like a boy.” He certainly cant tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully. The only time Ryuu feels at ease is when hes wearing his favorite clothes. Then, and only then, the world melts away, and he can be his true self. One day, while out shopping, Ryuu sees an unexpected sight: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class is shopping for the same clothes that Ryuu loves. And Jin offers Ryuu a proposal: to start their own brand and create apparel to help everyone feel comfortable in their skin. At last, Ryuu has someone he can open up to–and the journey ahead might finally give him a way to express himself to everyone else.”

It’s fascinating to see this kind of manga, so different from the the speed lines, tough guys and monsters of the shonen fare that dominates the shelves, beginning to pop up more and more frequently and it’s always a treat to see the traditionally less open aspects of Japanese society explored through manga. For the curious, Gaku is a transgender man who lives in Japan and Boys Run The Riot, his debut work, is an award-winner. Kudos for Vertical for bringing Boys Run The Riot to print in English and in such a terrific, digestible format. I expect some buzz here closer to launch time, similar to that of Gengoroh Tegame’s My Brother’s Husband a few years back. I mean, who doesn’t want to read a transgender updating of fashion model comics, a genre that’s been around since the 1940s?

 


THE CITY OF BELGIUM

Brecht Evens

D+Q

Due June

The first of our super-latecomers is Brecht Evens’ The City Of Belgium which was originally scheduled for release in (2019!). As is customary with the late arrivals, here’s what I wrote in the 2019 Forecast:

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 Im probably not that far off the mark, particularly considering Evansdizzying skills with watercolour, near constant re-shaping of the conventions of the comics page and gift for awkward, uncomfortable encounters. Evens (Panther, The Wrong Place, The Making Of) is as singular a voice as youll find in comics, capable of stunning, off-kilter work. This, his largest project so far, is an arrival to be celebrated. 

 


CRASHPAD/JIMBO

Gary Panter

Fantagraphics/NYRC

Due February/March

It’s a double-dose of the legendary Gary Panter this February and March and I hope your brains and consciousnesses are ready to take the trip. First, Fantagraphics unleashes the oversized Crashpad in February. Described as a “fine art monograph/faux underground comic facsimile” that functions as “a psychedelic trip through the hippie movement,” Crashpad is the evolution of an art installation Panter created back in 2017 called “Hippie Trip,” now turned into a comic book that immerses its readers in not just the early days of psychedelia and counter culture but also “riffs” on the early Underground Comics movement and its practitioners. This massive hardcover edition features not only high quality reproductions of Panter’s pages on heavy stock but also the comic printed on newsprint in a kind of faux underground edition which fits perfectly in a special sleeve. Probably the year’s coolest comic-as-Art-Object, the early word is that Crashpad is a stunner, with Panter’s scratchy but ultra-detailed pages bursting off the pages of both editions included to melt those eyeballs out of your head.

If that’s not enough, NYRC is re-releasing Panter’s classic Jimbo: Adventures In Paradise in March. First appearing in Punk zine, Slash in the ‘70s, Panter’s “punk everyman” moved over to the pages of Raw. Originally published back in 1988, Jimbo In Paradise collects Jimbo’s adventures to that point and has thankfully been brought out of OOP purgatory by the fine folk at NYRC who say, “Amid a jumbled cityscape of rundown New York City streets and futuristic Los Angeles freeways, Jimbo crowd-surfs at a riot, makes amends with Ernie Bushmillers Nancy, and rescues his pal Smoggos sister from giant cockroaches, all while the world teeters between extravagance and apocalypse.” The new NYRC edition looks tremendous (as always with this publisher), with re-coloured sections (Panter-approved - he seems thrilled with the edition) and essays also included. 

A must have.

 


CRISIS ZONE

Simon Hanselmann

Fantagraphics

Due August

If there’s one good thing that came out of 2020, it was Simon Hanselmann’s Instagram webcomic, Crisis Zone. Running almost daily from March through to December, Hanselmann dove into his “real time” comic, dropping his regular cast of characters, Megg, Mogg, Owl, Werewolf Jones and friends right into the middle of the pandemic we were/are all living through. According to the author, it was only going to last a month but Hanselmann became “addicted” to producing it, uploading 10 or so panels day after day after day. It made numerous Top 10 of the year lists (I only make lists for physical books, otherwise it would’ve made mine) and exhausted its creator.

Easily the most hilarious art ever produced during a global pandemic, Crisis Zone became ever more ridiculous by the daily, spiralling out of control as characters live, characters die, characters get Netflix deals. David Choe even appears and part of the joy (for me anyway) of the reading experience was seeing Choe comment on his own exploits day after day in a weird piece of internet intertextuality.

The print version of Crisis Zone is due in August and contains an extra 500-plus panels originally culled from Hanselmann’s daily posting. Relive the horrible year that was and pretty much still is! Who would have thought that reflecting back on 2020 could be so much fun?

 


DISCIPLINE

Dash Shaw

NYRC

Due late 2021

It’s always a treat to see new work by the ever-versatile Dash Shaw and 2021 brings his latest, Discipline from the fab publishers NYRC. Clocking in at 300 pages, Discipline is six years in the making, according to NYRCs Instagram announcement, and is “the story of Charles Cox, a young Quaker who joins up with the Union in the Civil War, while his sister Fanny tries to hold their family together on the home front.”

Shaw has posted some glimpses of Discipline online and he’s working in his clean and loose style, eschewing panel borders for open pages that readers eyes flow organically across. It’s striking work and it can’t come soon enough.




THE FIST OF THE NORTH STAR

Buronson and Testuo Hara

Viz

Due June

Out of print since I must have been….brrrrrrrrrrmmm…..fifteen?, Fist Of The North Star returns in big ol’ hardcover editions in 2021. A kind of gonzo martial arts Mad Max manga originally running from 1983-1988, Fist Of The North Star sees martial arts master, Kenshiro (who brutally kills opponents by striking secret vital spots) wandering a post-apocalyptic planet helping the little people in their struggles with all manner of nasty bad guys. Grimy, VIOLENT, gory and hilarious (come on, it really is), Fist Of The North Star returns to fulfil all your grindhouse/outlaw comics needs. It’s kind of bizarre that this was ever out of print. If anything, it feels like one of those perennial titles comic shops have too many copies of. I’m rambling now. I’ll shh. Here’s Kenshiro:

 



 


 

LET’S NOT TALK ANYMORE

Weng Pixin

D+Q

June

The lives of five generations of women from are explored in Weng Pixin’s ambitious Let’s Not Talk Anymore. The Singaporean artist paints the tales of her great grandmother, her grandmother, her mother, herself and her future possible daughter all at the age of fifteen over 200 pages spanning a century’s worth of women in her family.

Drawn and Quarterly says, “As each story develops, generational traumas are revealed and fraught relationships passed on from mother to daughter. Creative impulses are stifled or nurtured. They struggle with poverty and neglect. And at some point each woman begins to separate herself from her situation and understand the woman she will become.”

Pixin’s pages are bright and lively. Colourful tape acting as as panel borders is visible, as are brush strokes, heightening the intimacy of the work and imbuing a kind of textural closeness.

 Let’s Not Talk Anymore sounds like the kind of quiet, personal epic perfect for a peaceful day’s reading - something we all most certainly deserve.

 



LOVESICKNESS/SENSOR

Junji Ito

Viz

Due April/August

The master of modern horror manga might not quite be firing on all cylinders anymore, but Junji Ito is still producing some of the most horrific and certainly bizarre comics around. Sensor is the latest Ito epic to come to English thanks to publisher Viz and looks to continue a vein of distinctly cosmic horror that the creator frequently taps, one that he is quite accomplished at.

Viz says, “A woman walks alone at the foot of Mount Sengoku. A man appears, saying hes been waiting for her, and invites her to a nearby village. Surprisingly, the village is covered in hairlike volcanic glass fibers, and all of it shines a bright gold. At night, when the villagers perform their custom of gazing up at the starry sky, countless unidentified flying objects come raining down on them, the opening act for the terror about to occur.”

What kind of cosmic horror weirdness does Ito have in store for us this time? Tune in August to find out!

Want more Ito and want it before August? No problem! Viz unleashes the latest Junji Ito Story Collection, Lovesickness, in April which includes “strikingly bloody” titular story, “The Strange Hikizuri Siblings” and “The Rib Woman.” Viz promises “peak form” Ito which should thrill any long time readers.

 


MONSTERS

Barry Windsor-Smith

Fantagraphics

Due April

It’s actually real. In the works for over 35 years. It was a 22 page story that was supposed to be about The Hulk and Bruce Banner’s abusive childhood. It didn’t work out. The story grew and was reworked. It went to Dark Horse. That didn’t work out. Apparently it was then going to DC. That didn’t work out. It grew and grew and gained extra layers of complexity. Monsters is now finished. Fantagraphics is publishing it this April.

In a world where the term “Event Comics” has become a catch-all for any and all crossover regardless of quality, the release of Barry Windsor-Smith’s Monsters is a true event, the absolute Event Comic of 2021 no matter what Previews might try and tell you. A 360 book by a temperamental master of comics is coming very, very soon and it looks gorgeous.

 


From Fantagraphics: “The year is 1964. Bobby Bailey doesn't realize he is about to fulfill his tragic destiny when he walks into a US Army recruitment office to join up. Close-mouthed, damaged, innocent, trying to forget a past and looking for a future, it turns out that Bailey is the perfect candidate for a secret U.S. government experimental program, an unholy continuation of a genetics program that was discovered in Nazi Germany nearly 20 years earlier in the waning days of World War II. Bailey's only ally and protector, Sergeant McFarland, intervenes, which sets off a chain of cascading events that spin out of everyone's control. As the titular monsters of the title multiply, becoming real and metaphorical, literal and ironic, the story reaches its emotional and moral reckoning.”

Consider this essential.

 


MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS VOLUME 2

Emil Ferris 

Fantagraphics 

Due September

Can it really be true? Are we finally, actually getting the second and concluding part of Emil Ferris’ jaw-dropping My Favourite Thing Is Monsters this year?  As noted in previous years’ forecast columns, I am not complaining about any delays. This is not a project to be rushed: the second volume of Ferrissaga could well cement My Favorite Thing Is Monsters legacy as an all-time great comic book. In my opinion, the first volume alone was not only the comic of 2016, but also the decade. 

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. 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. 

 


NO. 5

Taiyo Matsumoto

Viz

Due 2021

Well, well. Out of print in English since the early 2000s, here comes No. 5 by the incomparable Taiyo Matsumoto.  Originally running in japan from 2000-2005, No. 5 sees Matsumoto in full-blown SF mode, a fairly tantalising prospect, I’m sure, for readers familiar with his fairly grounded works Ping Pong, Sunny and Go Go Monster. I’m convinced there’s nothing Matsumoto can’t do and having stared at lots of artwork from No. 5 over the years I’m not going to be proven wrong here either.

Only two volumes of No. 5 made it to print in English back in the early days of the century and it’s heartening to see Viz’s confidence in bringing it back as well as now there’s an audience for Matsumoto’s singular work to support the new editions.  Also, it seems like a safe sales bet. Visually, No. 5 is Matsumoto’s Moebius comic, for lack of a more appropriate yardstick. Take a look at the last panel below:

No. 5 is an arthouse, clean-line, fashionable yarn about lovers on the run, full of deserts and forests and cityscapes and afros and crazy headgear and other clothing pulled from all sorts of cultural corners. Plot: there are 9 members of a Global Security group. Number 5 has done a runner. Number 1 has ordered the others to bring him back, dead or alive. No word on how many volumes this will end up being, but I wager Viz chunk them up like last year’s Ping Pong editions, so I’m guessing four. Stuff them into your eyeballs!



PARKER: THE MARTINI EDITION: LAST CALL

Darwyn Cooke

IDW

Due May

Originally scheduled for a late 2020 release was the second and concluding prestige collection of the late, great Darwyn Cooke’s adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker novels. If you’re familiar with Cooke’s Parker comics you likely have the original Martini Edition which collected the first half of his Parker work. If you are not familiar, Cooke’s Parker adaptations stand as arguably the most stylish crime comics of all time. The Martini Edition: Last Call collects the previously published The Score and Slayground along with 100 unpublished pages of Cooke’s Parker art, a roundtable discussion and, tantalisingly, a new 17-page comic by the beloved team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Oversized, slipcased and printed on beautifully thick paper, the original Martini Edition is an essential tome for crime comics fans and this second and final companion volume not only completes the set but is perhaps the final word on Cooke’s lovingly crafted work on one of crime’s most legendary and mysterious tough guys. Classic comics given the ultimate treatment. A fitting tribute to Cooke and his timeless work.

 


SECRET LIFE

Theo Ellsworth (adapting Jeff VanderMeer)

D+Q

Due Late 2021

Theo Ellsworth is bringing some scratchy, organic lines to Award-Winning writer Jeff VanderMeer’s  (Annihilation) short story, Secret Life and the results are wonderfully weird. I’ve not read the short story, but I’ve read much of VanderMeer’s work and the dispassionate narrative voices and growing unease of his writing is sure to translate seamlessly to comics.

D+Q says, “ To the west: trees. To the east: a mall. North: fast food. South: darkness. And at the centre is The Building, an office building wherein several factions vie for dominance. Inside, the walls are infiltrated with vines, a mischief of mice learn to speak English, and something eerie happens once a month on the fifth floor. In Secret Life, the Nebula and Shirley Jackson award-winning author Jeff VanderMeers ecological speculations overlap with Theo Ellsworths deep-layered style to create a mind-bending narrative that defamiliarizes the mundanity of office work and makes the arcane rituals of The Building home.

With deft insight, Secret Life observes the sinister individualism of bureaucratic settings in contrast with an unconcerned natural world. As the narrative progresses you may begin to suspect that the world Ellsworth has brought to life with hypnotic visuals is not so secret after all; in fact, its uncannily similar to our own.”



It’s been too long since we’ve had a great, unsettling read about how horrible work can be (the extraordinary Through The Habitrails by Jeff Nicholson is the last I can recall off the top of my head and that was 1994!) and Ellsworth has clearly thrown himself into the work; certain pages previewed look almost like woodcuts. Striking and strange, Secret Life could well be the most quietly enrapturing comic of the year.

 


STONE FRUIT

Lee Lai

Fantagraphics

Due May

Enormous congratulations to the enormously talented and Melbourne-born Lee Lai, whose debut work, Stone Fruit arrives this May from the greatest publisher of comics in the world, Fantagraphics. Hell of a way to make your arrival, particularly when the work is touted as “one of the most sophisticated graphic novel debuts in recent memory” by Fantagraphics.

Fantagraphics also says: “Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties for Rays niece Nessie. Their bi-weekly playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in daily lives that ping-pong between familial tensions and isolation. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron turn to repair their broken family ties. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up to their respective sisters and learns that they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew. In time, the emptiness they feel after their break-up is supplanted with a deep sisterly love and understanding.”

Featuring some lovely, muted watercolours and Lai’s gorgeous clean lines, Stone Fruit seems poised to make a big splash for its young creator. Easily one of the great LITERARY arrivals by an Australian in the coming year, Stone Fruit hopefully not only cements Lai as a talent to watch but also, and perhaps even more importantly, pushes the increasing depth in Australian cartooning further into the general consciousness locally.

 


TROTS AND BONNIE

Shary Flennikan

NYRC

Due May

My only previous exposure to Shary Flennikan’s Trots and Bonnie came via a handful of pages drawn the late 1970s and early 1980s and found in 2019s Kramer Ergot volume 10. I was pretty blown away. I went into it expecting the cutesy adventures of a young girl named Bonnie and her adorable dog Trots. What I found was a total subversion of the Sunday comics page format, comics about shoe size equating to penis size, perverted therapists trying to initiate Bonnie into “womanhood,” and Bonnie’s mum giving her daughter the Sex Talk. It might all sound too outrageous and silly, but Flennikan’s comics are somehow, improbably, charming and her punch lines always land - it’s this contradiction that makes the strips more dizzyingly effective.

For the first time ever, NYRC is collecting the best Trots and Bonnie strips, compiled by Shary Flennikan herself. The publisher says, “Bonnie stumbles through the mysteries of adulthood, as Flennikan—one of the few female contributors to National Lampoon—dissects the harsh realities of American life. Dating, sex, politics, and violence are all confronted with fearlessness and outrageous humor, rendered in Flennikans timeless, gorgeous artwork. After all these years, they have lost none of their power to shock and amuse.”

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all and read it all, Shary Flennikan is about to prove you wrong this May. A really exciting collection that, presumably, will continue NYRCs run of impeccably designed and presented comics.