ASTRONOTES #262  Corresponds to Previews  May 2017

 

Hey, hi, howdy, and welcome to Astronotes #262. It's been a really, really lousy month so far, both human and business-wise. I'll start off by whining abut the human side: We've experienced a few deaths of friends and relatives.
Foremost in my mind at the moment is the passing of Bob Shields, whose daughter stopped in around mid-month to let us know he'd succumbed to cancer in late March. Some of you old-timers might remember Bob as part of the gang here in the early 1990's. There'll be more about Bob a little further along. On the health front, the major concern now is Betty's husband, Mark, who's been experiencing lung problems for some years now. He's slated for  very serious surgery, waiting for a specialized operating room to become available since February. Mark's a top-notch accountant, with two hobbies: One is driving, specifically driving his truck, doing small moves, etc. He's been the "pick up the weekly Diamond shipment guy" for ourselves and  some other stores for a long while now, so his being out of commission hasn't just affected us. And he is seriously out of commission: For decades his morning walk would start around Decarie and Queen Mary, go to Park Avenue and Mount Royal, down to Sherbrooke Street, and back home. That was his morning walk. He'd do a different one in the afternoon. Now he's just about knocked out if he just walks a block. It's understandable that this situation is quite traumatic, given that aside from the lung, his only health issue over the past ten years came when his dentist had to fill a tooth, the first time he needed a filling, at age 67. Mind you, I have great faith in Mark's recuperative ability: As serious and debilitating as the upcoming surgery may be, this is a guy who, back in the seventies, was hit by a pickup truck that ran a red light on the corner of Cote St.Luc and Decarie. Mark literally flew over the autoroute bridge, being hit on the East side, and hitting the ground on the West. Fractured his pelvis skull, and a couple of ribs. Once they determined that he'd live, the doctors figured on six months in hospital, before he could go into rehab. He was back at work in six weeks.
So he's sort of our resident Clark Kent: Looks like a wimp on the surface, but there's incredible strength underneath.
In more bad news this month, Mary bounced our car (a 10 year old Corrolla) off a concrete block, and it was a pretty stressful week until the insurance company could confirm that it could, in fact, be repaired, and they weren't going to scrap it. Aside from that bit of anxiety, I must say that Intact handled the claim quite nicely, just as they did when a city snow removal truck pulled the electric wires off our house back at the       very beginning of the year. Took a while to get paid on that one, but the work was ordered and done quickly- we only went a couple of days without power.
For my final bit of sniveling, Betty's currently somewhat problematic: She had cataract surgery on her right eye the beginning of April, and now her vision is asymmetrical, and will remain so until the left eye is done, hopefully in June. Vision problems lead to computer entry mistakes, and mistakes are very annoying. She's been scrambling to keep up with the situation, backchecking everything she does at least twice over. Nonetheless, she keeps on chugging along, albeit somewhat slower than she's accustomed to.


And then there's the money woes: Winter has never been particularly easy, but the past few years have been particularly harsh- the cold has been brutal. While this winter hasn't been too bad, people have learned that a good way to deal with the cold is to cocoon, that climate change is a day-to-day thing, and starting some time in December, it might not be wise to take too many chances with this "going outdoors" thing. They didn't take too many chances with this going out stuff since around December. Cocooning may be a smart way to deal with winter for you, but it's a killer for us. With few people (and therefore little money) coming in, there was simply no way we could be ready for the city tax bill that hit at the end of March. Over $20,000. Just for taxes.

This puts our backs so tight against the wall that we're trying a crowdfunder. No experience with doing those, but I can't see any other way to raise big money quickly, and our landlord has indicated that he's simply not going to be as patient as he has been in the past when we might have needed to stall him. (See, first landlords pay the tax bills, then they pass the cost on to commercial tenants.)


Click here to go to the crowdfunder to help us out


 If you can, it would be wonderful if you threw some bucks in there, maybe even more wonderful if you spread it out to your Facebook/Twitter pals.
Our current goal is to be able to retire quietly in about 17 years (which will be our 50th anniversary in this game).
Thanks,
-Paul

Oh yeah: With the assorted kerfuffles going on at the moment, as happens every once in a while,we're going to be a week late with the suggestion sheets this month, which gives you a great opportunity to go through this magalog, and choose titles yourself, before we're inspired to dump them on your plate.
Showing in this Astronotes are some 136 new titles (albeit mostly new TPB reprint series).
So read on, and order some, please.

+++++++++++++++++++++DARK HORSE

 

 

HARD BOILED HC ED 02  

(W) Frank Miller, Geof Darrow (A/CA) Geof Darrow

Carl Seltz is a suburban insurance investigator, a loving husband, and a devoted father. Nixon is a berserk, homicidal tax collector racking up mind-boggling body counts in a diseased urban slaughterhouse. Unit Four is the ultimate robot killing machine-and the last hope of the future's enslaved mechanical servants. And they're all the same psychotic entity.

~From comic masters Geof Darrow and Frank Miller!

~Recolored by Dave Stewart!

~Collected in hardcover for the first time ever! HC   $19.99

 

BLACK BEETLE KARA BOCEK HC   MAY170033

(W/A/CA) Francesco Francavilla

The masked American hero ventures to the Middle East incognito (as Tom Sawyer) to fight Nazis in pursuit of a mysterious object of terrible power-a weapon of unknown origin, older than the pyramids, which could fuel the Thousand-Year Reich of Hitler's dreams. This story originally appeared in Dark Horse Presents #28-#32. The Archie Afterlife cocreator returns to his acclaimed original series! HC   SRP: $14.99

 

 

MISTER X THE MODERN AGE TP   MAY170040

(W/A/CA) Dean R. Motter

In the retrofuturistic metropolis of Radiant City, its mysterious creator, Mister X, must protect the city and its residents from the architecture of the city itself, which poses a danger to all those within it! Collecting every Mister X comic published by Dark Horse Comics, this trade includes Condemned, Excavations, and Razed, along with never-before-seen behind-the-scenes material!

- All of Dark Horse's Mister X material collected in an affordable paperback! A great jumping-on point to the classic series!    SC     SRP: $29.99

 

 

DARK HORSE DC COMICS MASK TP    MAY170041

(W) John Arcudi & Various (A) Various

Collects never-before-reprinted material! Grifter and the Mask team up and face off against smugglers at a Las Vegas weapons show. After destroying a planet, the Mask has a bounty on his head and Lobo hot on his tail in a mind-bending, time-twisting showdown between madmen. And last but not least, the Joker stumbles upon the mask, which inspires a new superpowered reign for the Clown Prince of Crime! This volume collects Grifter/The Mask #1-2, Lobo vs. Mask #1-2, and Joker/Mask #1-4. SC $24.99

 

 

ZODIAC STARFORCE CRIES OF FIRE PRINCE #1

(W) Kevin Panetta (A/CA) Paulina Ganucheau

An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren't just combating math tests-they're also battling monsters!

After defeating a former ZS member and her minions, the girls thought they'd get a little break! But a new big bad's come out to play, and demons are starting to overrun the downtown!   $3.99

I've rarely come across bumf that was quite as ho-hum as this.

 

 

LIFEFORMED TP CLEO MAKES CONTACT MAY170045

(W) Matt Mair Lowery (A/CA) Cassie Anderson

In the wake of an alien invasion-and her father's death-a young girl must fight for the future of Earth. Aided by a shape-shifting rebel alien posing as her father, the unlikely pair bond, fight back, and ponder what it means to be human. The powers of choice, courage, and unity are examined in Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact, an unforgettable debut work from creators Matt Mair Lowery and Cassie Anderson. The first work by up-and-coming creators Matt Lowery and Cassie Anderson!  Young adult sci-fi adventure starring a relatable, endearing heroine.  $12.99

Oh. Relatable. For just one "WTF" moment there I thought it said inflatable endearing heroine.

 

 

GROO PLAY OF GODS #1

(W) Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier (A/CA) Sergio Aragones

Shakespeare wrote, "The play's the thing." Or was that Nathan Lane? Either way, the play matters, whether you be man or god . . . or even Groo.

In this, the first installment in the newest Groo miniseries (which is continued from the last Groo miniseries), the stupidest hero in the comic book shop finds himself in a new village . . . a village where you pray to the proper god or you pray for your life. And even the other gods know that they are all players. It's from the award-winning team of Sergio Aragon_s and Mark Evanier, with lettering by Stan Sakai, coloring by Tom Luth, and a running commentary by the gods above.

- The all-star team returns: Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, Tom Luth, and Stan Sakai.  Eisner and Harvey Award-winning creators and an Eisner Award-winning title! Item      SRP: $3.99

Condolences to Mark Evanier who lost the love of his life, Carolyn Kelly, to cancer this past month. Carolyn was the daughter of Walt Kelly, creator of Pogo

 

ALIENS DEFIANCE TP VOL 02   MAY170060

(W) Brian Wood (A) Stephen Thompson (CA) Massimo Carnevale

Colonial Marine Private Zula Hendricks is AWOL and on a mission to prove her mettle by eradicating the Alien species. She must battle xenomorphs, fend off space pirates, and elude the insidious Weyland-Yutani corporation that wants their freighter back, all while facing rehabilitation from an old war injury. Collects Aliens: Defiance #7-12. SC $19.99

 

 

COLDER OMNIBUS TP   MAY170064

(W) Paul Tobin (A/CA) Juan Ferreyra

Declan Thomas, the former patient of an insane asylum that was destroyed in a fire, has the strange ability to step inside a person's madness-and sometimes cure it. He hopes to one day cure his own, but time is running out, as a demonic predator pursues him. Collects the entire Colder series.

- Written by Eisner Award winner Paul Tobin (Bandette)!

- Art by Green Arrow's Juan Ferreyra! SC  SRP: $24.99

 

DARK NORTH HC MAY170065

(W) Martin Dunelind (A) Peter Bergting (CA) Lukas Thelin

Originally crowdfunded in 2015, this illustrated prose/art book fusion features five unique tales ranging from Norse mythology to science fiction. The Dark North showcases artwork by Scandinavia's leading illustrators and concept artists Peter Bergting, Henrik Pettersson, Joakim Ericsson, Magnus Olsson, and Lukas Thelin, prose by Martin Dunelind, and a foreword by author and filmmaker Clive Barker! HC     SRP: $34.99

Just realized that if you changed the "N in North to an "H", you've saith the pubishr's 

 

BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW #1

(W) Mike Mignola, Scott Allie (A) Laurence Campbell (CA) Duncan Fegredo

Before they were vanquished by the BPRD, Lovecraftian monsters created a Hell on Earth. Now Liz Sherman leads a crew through monster-infested ruins on the most important rescue mission of her life. As society tries to rebuild, strange cults vie for influence, and a demon emerges to lead the way ...    SRP: $3.99

Of course if you already have BPRD on your list, you'll automatically get this latest arc. No worries.

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++DC COMICS

 

DARK DAYS THE CASTING #1

(W) Scott Snyder, James TynionIV (A) Jim Lee & Various (CA) Jim Lee, Scott Williams

The Joker's surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman's carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman's warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss? The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!   40pgs, FC      SRP: $4.99

 

 

BATMAN 66 MEETS THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1

(W) Lee Allred (A/CA) Michael Allred

In pursuit of the time-traveling criminal known as Universo, the super-powered kids from the 30th century travel back to the 1960s to enlist the aid of the "greatest teen superhero ever" - Robin, the Boy Wonder! But Batman's hard-boiled nemesis Egghead has stolen one of their unattended time bubbles and taken off to the Legion's own time period. Looks like Batman has to head to the future with one group of heroes while Robin stays in the swinging sixties with another. Holy time-travel paradox! 32pgs, FC $3.99

 

 

MAD ABOUT TRUMP TP   MAY170307

(W/A) Usual Gang of Idiots

MAD Dumps On Trump: A Brilliant Look At Our Brainless President is an all-out comedy assault on the most idiotic idiot to ever reach the White House (George W. Bush and visitors included)! In these 128 pages, President Trump is mercilessly mocked, relentlessly ridiculed and savagely satirized. The book features MAD's sharpest satiric shots at "The Donald," comically chronicling his rise from obnoxious businessman to really obnoxious reality show host to uber obnoxious "Commander-In-Tweet." Please note: MAD will not offer refunds on this book when Trump is impeached! (STL050865)

SC, 128pgs, FC    SRP: $12.99

DC's humorless description of this ostensibly funny book is so very indicative of how horribly heavy-handed American society has become. If the bumf foreshadows the content, it should prove to be just as hilarious as "Big Bang Theory".
And you know, because it doesn't sound all that funny, (about 50% as funny as a regular issue of Mad, I guess the  "Usual Gang of Idiots" has been replaced by a gang of half-wits.

 

 

AQUAMAN TP VOL 03 CROWN OF ATLANTIS (REBIRTH)   MAY170320

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Brad Walker & Various (CA) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy

Recovering and rebuilding after the "Deluge," Aquaman finds himself locked in a ferocious battle with Warhead, a monster awakened during Atlantis' war with the surface. Then, Deadwater makes a return! Collects AQUAMAN #16-24.SC, 216pgs, FC        $19.99

 

BATMAN TP VOL 03 I AM BANE (REBIRTH)   MAY170321

(W) Tom King (A) David Finch & Various (CA) David Finch

The man who has physically tested the Dark Knight like no one before is back to finally break the Bat for good. Can a battered, exhausted Batman fend off one of his greatest foes? Plus, catch up with Catwoman as she and the Dark Knight battle a collection of villains and plan for the future! Collects BATMAN #16-20, 23 and 24. SC, 176pgs, FC  SRP: $16.99

 

CYBORG TP VOL 02 DANGER IN DETROIT (REBIRTH)   MAY170323

(W) John Semper Jr. (A) Will Conrad & Various (CA) Will Conrad

With a fearsome high-tech terror cell threatening to invade the country, Cyborg participates in the creation of an experimental cybernetic female counterpart-code name Variant-whose abilities might exceed his own! But when the process ravages her memories, Cyborg must retrieve crucial national security secrets from her mind before it's too late. What's on the line? Control of the nation's most powerful nuclear weapons that could start a new world war! Collects CYBORG #6-13.  SC, 192pgs, FC     SRP: $19.99

 

GREEN ARROW TP VOL 03 EMERALD OUTLAW (REBIRTH)   MAY170324

(W) Ben Percy (A) Otto Schmidt & Various (CA) Juan Ferreyra

In this volume, green arrows fly-and people are dying! But when the media and police point their fingers at Green Arrow, it's up to Ollie and Black Canary to find the real killer of high-profile Seattleites. Their prime suspects? A who's who of archers including Emiko Queen and a deadly Green Arrow villain not seen in years! Collects GREEN ARROW #12-17. SC, 152pgs, FC      $16.99

 

HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 03 QUEST FOR HOPE (REBIRTH)   MAY170325

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Ethan Van Sciver & Various (CA) Rafael Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona

In the latest collection of the hit series, Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner are on a quest to find Saint Walker and restore the Blue Lantern Corps while Guy Gardner deals with a personal grudge. The events lead straight into "The Prism of Time" in which a mysterious time traveler threatens the future of the Green Lantern Corps! Collects issues #14-21. (STL050587)

SC, 192pgs, FC    SRP: $19.99

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP VOL 01 THE EXTREMISTS (REBIRTH)   MAY170326

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Ivan Reis & Various (CA) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado

The new Justice League of America is here - and now, in these stories from issues #1-6 of the new series, they're going to meet the Extremists - self-proclaimed saviors from another Earth, they thirst for peace, prosperity and total submission to the will of their leader, Lord Havok! How can the newly assembled JLA stop this group of misguided maniacs before the Extremists unleash their own unique- and dangerous - brand of law and order on our chaotic world? SC, 168pgs, FC    SRP: $16.99

 

Speaking of chaos, does Hal Jordan belong to a group of lanterns or cars? A GLC was a model of Mazda car (also known as the Mazda3), while a Mazda was a brand of General Electric incandescent (tungsten filament) light. So maybe this should be called "Hal Jordan and the bulbs" or Hal and the Car" (The Car (or Le Car), of course was a type of Renault, now known as the Renault 5.)

 

SUPERMAN TP VOL 03 MULTIPLICITY (REBIRTH)   MAY170327

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Ivan Reis & Various (CA) Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert

All around the Multiverse, Supermen are going missing- someone is collecting them! Joining forces, the collective of Men of Steel must find a way to escape their cells and defeat their captor. Plus, Superman meets Swamp Thing! Collects SUPERMAN #14-17 and ANNUAL #1.   SC, 144pgs, FC    SRP: $16.99

 

WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 03 THE TRUTH (REBIRTH)   MAY170328

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Liam Sharp

As Wonder Woman picks up the pieces of her shattered psyche in the wake of "The Lies," Barbara Ann Minerva walks into the devil's lair to defend her_or is she being led into a trap? And Diana, Steve and Etta come face to face with their newest foes-the deadly group known as Poison! But what do they have to do with the plot to unravel Wonder Woman's life? Collects WONDER WOMAN #13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25.   SC, 176pgs, FC         $16.99

 

 

BATMAN ARKHAM CLAYFACE TP   MAY170329

(W) Bill Finger & Various (A) Bob Kane & Various (CA) Guillem March

Clayface, one of the most recognized villains in Gotham City, is the star in this new best-of collection featuring stories from Detective Comics #40, 298 and 478, Outsiders #21, Secret Origins #44, Batman #550, Catwoman #4, Gotham Knights #23 and 69-71 and Batman Villains Secret Files #1.   SC, 280pgs, FC      SRP: $19.99

 

BATGIRL STEPHANIE BROWN TP VOL 01   MAY170330

(W) Bryan Q. Miller (A) Lee Garbett & Various (CA) Stanley Lau

Stephanie Brown is Batgirl - and now, she must learn to balance school and crime-fighting or face the wrath of Barbara Gordon! With guest appearances from Batman and Robin and villains like Man-Bat and Scarecrow, Batgirl steps up to the mantle! Plus, Batgirl must stop a nanovirus that will turn the citizens of Gotham City into mindless techno-zombies! Collects BATGIRL #1-12. SC, 296pgs, FC SRP: $29.99

 

BATMAN SHADOW OF THE BAT TP VOL 02   MAY170331

(W) Alan Grant (A) Norm Breyfogle & Various (CA) Brian Stelfreeze

Follow Bruce Wayne through Gotham City's underworld, a crazed carnival, the streets of London and even into the deep, dark recesses of the Batman's mind in these 1990s stories! Collects BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #13-24 and BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT ANNUAL #1. In stories that tie into the "Knightquest" epic, Jean-Paul Valley, formerly known as Azrael, takes over as Batman to battle Scarecrow and more!   SC, 352pgs, FC SRP: $29.99

 

BATMAN THE GOLDEN AGE TP VOL 03   MAY170333

(W) Bill Finger & Various (A) Bob Kane & Various (CA) Michael Cho

In these classic tales from the 1940s, the Dynamic Duo faces off with The Joker, the Conjurer, the Penguin, Two-Face, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and more! Collects BATMAN #8-11, DETECTIVE COMICS #57-65 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #4-6.   SC, 384pgs, FC $29.99

 

BATMAN SUPERMAN TP VOL 06 UNIVERSES FINEST   MAY170334

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Tom Taylor (A) Robson Rocha, Doug Mahnke (CA) Yanick Paquette

The final days of Superman are here! Batman and Superman are working to prepare the world for the loss of the Last Son of Krypton, but nothing can prepare the planet for what's to come. The superheroes will find friends and foes as they traverse the Earth in a desperate last attempt to save the Man of Steel! Collects BATMAN/SUPERMAN #28-32, plus never-before-published stories originally slated to appear in BATMAN/SUPERMAN #33-34 and ANNUAL #3!    SC, 224pgs, FC      SRP: $19.99

 

 

WONDER GIRL ADVENTURES OF A TEEN TITAN TP   MAY170335

(W) Robert Kanigher & Various (A) Ross Andru & Various (CA) Nicola Scott, Doug Hazlewood

The adventures of Wonder Girl are collected for the first time! These stories include appearances by Wonder Woman, the Teen Titans and more from the pages of WONDER WOMAN #105 (1959), THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #60, TEEN TITANS #22, ADVENTURE COMICS #461, WONDER WOMAN #105 and 113, WONDER WOMAN: DONNA TROY #1 and WONDER GIRL #1.    SC, 168pgs, FC   SRP: $14.99

 

 

DEADMAN BY KELLEY JONES COMPLETE COLL TP   MAY170336

(W) Mike Baron (A) Kelley Jones & Various (CA) Kelley Jones

Deadman has gone from supernatural hero to insane spirit of evil, and with a tide of demons threatening humanity, his true power can only be unlocked if he faces the secret within him that has driven him mad. Collects DEADMAN: LOVE AFTER DEATH #1-2 and DEADMAN: EXORCISM #1-2, plus stories from ACTION COMICS WEEKLY #618-621 and 623-626.    SC, 272pgs, FC SRP: $24.99

 

EARTH 2 SOCIETY TP VOL 04 LIFE AFTER DEATH   MAY170337

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Bruno Redondo, Vicente Cifuentes (CA) Bruno Redondo

Earth-2 is dead! Following a climactic battle with Ultra-Humanite and his super- powered army, a handful of the Wonders awaken in a twilight limbo. Are they the only ones to have survived? Has their desperate gambit to save their world ended in total disaster? In the wreckage, the surviving heroes have failed in their effort to save the world. As they struggle to accept the disaster they have caused, something in the phantom mist begins to hunt for them. In the Ghost World, no heroes can be allowed to exist. Collects EARTH 2 SOCIETY #17-22. SC, 136pgs, FC  $14.99

 

 

LOONEY TUNES GREATEST HITS TP VOL 03 BEEP BEEP   MAY170340

(CA) David Alvarez, Mike DeCarlo

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz, Tweety Bird and all your other favorite Looney Tunes are at it again! Will Elmer E. Fudd ever catch that wascally wabbit? Will Wile E. Coyote finally catch the Road Runner? Will Pepe Le Pew get the girl? Don't miss all the action with this third collection of the greatest adventures from the Looney Tunes! Collects LOONEY TUNES #47-53. (STL045401)

SC, 144pgs, FC    SRP: $12.99

Heh. There are a couple of titles listed in the Overstreet main guide that never failed to amuse me whenever I had to look up a price for them. One is Dell (or Gold Key's) "Roadrunner, which Overstreet redirects with "See Beep Beep"...
The other is the Johnny Cash bio-comic, which redirects as "See Hello I'm" (which was the way Cash would start his performances).

And as the mind wanders, I'm reminded of the time Mary and I, along with one of her friends, went to Ottawa, to a yearly exhibition they had, basically a big country fair. Wandering around the grounds, we happened upon a free show: Johnny Cash, along with the Carter Family, Statler Bothers, and all his usual troupe. Pretty good show. Not the greatest I've ever seen (that would be Leonard Cohen), but pretty good.
Anyways, after a few rides, cotton candy, livestock exposition, so on and so forth, it was getting dark, and we headed back to Montreal. Around 10 PM, we were stopped by a holstein on the 417. In those days, when you were pulled over, you went and sat in the police car with the cop until you got your ticket and went on your way. I did that while Mary and Joy waited in my car. There was no real problem, just a headlight out of adjustment in my new (2-week old) Datsun. Cop asked me where I was coming from.
"Ottawa. Went to the Ex."
Cop: "Oh yeah? Didja see Johnny Cash?
Me: "Yep."
Cop: "Where were you sitting?"
Me:"About half way up, on the left."
Cop: "We were right down front, in the middle. Great show, eh?"
Me: "Pretty good, especially the Statlers."
Cop (singing): "Smokin' cigarettes and watching Captain Kang Aroo..."
We went on chatting and singing for about a half hour when the cop suggested I'd best be on my way. I got back to my car, and found my two passengers in the midst of a mini panic attack- I'd disappeared a long time ago, and here they were stuck late at night in the middle of nowhere...
And off we went. All's well etc.
Just one of my favorite "stopped by a cop" stories, inflicted on you thanks to DC Comics and Looney Tunes Greatest Hits Vol 3...

 

TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE TP VOL 02   MAY170346

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andy MacDonald

After months on the run from the twisted project that created them, Cyborg, Terra, Beast Boy and Garth are near the breaking point, barely surviving on what they can steal, squatting in the ruins of an abandoned subdivision. But as they reach their lowest ebb, their creator, Dr. Niles Caulder, is ready to make his move-and they're about to learn that they weren't the only kids to go through Caulder's twisted process! There are more children with powers out there, and unlike our heroes, they were raised to be the living weapons Caulder wants all his Titans to be! SC, 144pgs, FC  SRP: $16.99

 

NEW TEEN TITANS TP VOL 07   MAY170348

(W) Marv Wolfman, George Perez (A) George Perez & Various (CA) George Perez

From the retirement of Robin and Kid Flash to the birth of Nightwing and the introduction of Jericho to the ultimate betrayal of a Titan - "The Judas Contract" riveted readers during its initial run in the 1980s, and it still has fans talking today. This new title collects TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #42-48 and TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #3. b   SC, 224pgs, FC      SRP: $19.99

Another cop story: In the late 80's, Montreal's mayor was a guy named Jean Dore. His administration, amongst its assorted worthless (but expensive) acts passed a bylaw restricting display of any printed matter that might appeal to prurient interests. We, as it turns out, were illegally displaying certain books (most Harlequin romances, all Rosemary Rogers, Johanna Lindsay Jackie Collins etc. novels. The city sent cops around inspecting various book and magazine stores. "My" inspectors showed me a Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans issue depicting a scantily clad (of course) Starfire in chains. The cop pointed out that this really fell under the bylaw (as, technically, did any issue of the Gazette that contained an "escorts" classified ad), so I'd better clean up my act, they might be around to check again, in about five years, if Dore was still in power and felt a need for a cash grab.  The cops left with a very memorable comment giving their opinion of Jean Dore: "Maudit pussy mayor with his maudit pussy laws."

 

 

SIXPACK & DOGWELDER HARD TRAVELIN HEROZ TP   MAY170349

(W) Garth Ennis (A) Russell Braun (CA) Steve Dillon

When John Constantine comes calling, Dogwelder finds himself face to face with destiny as the truth about his powers and origin suddenly seem to lie within his grasp. Could his journey of discovery be just what Sixpack needs to snap Section Eight out of its funk? Now the pair are off on the road trip from hell, leaving a trail of mayhem (and empty bottles and canine corpses) from Gotham City to Egypt to outer space. This title collects SIXPACK AND DOGWELDER  #1-6. SC, 144pgs, FC  SRP: $16.99

 

 

SUPER POWERS TP VOL 01   MAY170350

(W) Art Baltazar, Franco (A/CA) Art Baltazar

Aw yeah, the World's Greatest Heroes are back in a new all-ages tale-except for Batman! Superman helps out by cleaning up in Gotham City, where he discovers a clue that sends Wonder Woman into space to locate the lost Caped Crusader. Her journey brings her a step closer to Batman, but can she uncover the truth behind his disappearance? It's not going to be pretty-it involves Darkseid and Apokolips!    SC, 136pgs, FC    SRP: $12.99

 

 

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TP VOL 01 FINALS CRISIS   MAY170353

(W) Shea Fontana (A/CA) Yancy Labat

Preparing for high school exams is hard enough, but at Super Hero High, even the tests are super-tough! Principal Waller keeps an eagle eye on her students, drilling them in math, science, literature-and other subjects like flying and powers! And no one wants to fail, because Principal Waller hands out detention faster than a speeding bullet. In the first-ever all ages DC Super Hero Girls original graphic novel, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Poison Ivy are studying hard - well, maybe not Harley Quinn - when they are each abducted by a villain! Will they outsmart their captor, save Gotham, and still pass their finals? SC, 128pgs, FC  $9.99

 

Vertigo

 

AMERICAN WAY THOSE ABOVE AND BELOW #1 (OF 6) (MR)

(W) John Ridley (A/CA) Georges Jeanty

It's been a decade since the Civil Defense Corps was exposed as a fraud created by the U.S. Government for propaganda purposes. While most of the heroes who survived the catastrophe have retired or disappeared, the New American still carries on, trying to keep communities safe amid the social turmoil of the 1970s. But with the nation split in two over civil rights and the changing political landscape, this isn't easy. Some of the American's former colleagues are on opposite sides of the law: Amber Waves joined a group of domestic terrorists, while Missy, a.k.a. Ole Miss, has thrown her hat into the political ring. As the ground shifts beneath his feet and new threats arise, which side will the American choose? This sequel to the hit miniseries by the original team of writer John Ridley (Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave and creator of TV's American Crime) and artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse) moves the story forward in history, factoring in how real-life events might be affected by the presence of superheroes, and how those events change the heroes in turn. (STL049956)

MATURE THEMES

32pgs, FC (1 of 6)      SRP: $3.99

 

 

LOST BOYS TP (MR)   MAY170362

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Scott Godlewski (CA) Tony Harris

The stakes are raised in this nostalgic and unstoppable sequel to the '80s cult classic vampire film, The Lost Boys. Santa Carla, California, is on edge. The eccentric coastal town and haven for the undead was finally returning to "normal" after its last supernatural scuffle left the local coven's head vampire dead and gave newcomers Michael and Sam Emerson a housewarming both violent and bizarre. Now the brothers must team up with militant vampire hunters Edgar and Allan Frog when a new gang of ruthless, stunning, life-sucking nightcrawlers known as the Blood Belles emerges to collect Michael's love interest and their lost sister, Star. Collects THE LOST BOYS #1-6. SC, 144pgs, FC  SRP: $16.99

 

UNFOLLOW TP VOL 03 TURN IT OFF (MR)   MAY170363

(W) Rob Williams (A) Michael Dowling & Various (CA) Matt Taylor

It's the conclusion to UNFOLLOW in these tales from issues #13-18! First, learn how Akira plans to defeat Larry Ferrell's 140 experiment and move the world toward peace. Then, the last survivors of the original 140 meet for a final showdown with Larry Ferrell! And what will become of Rubinstein's mask when it returns home? SC, 144pgs, FC     SRP: $16.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++IDW PUBLISHING

 

TMNT USAGI YOJIMBO

(W/A/CA) Stan Sakai

The TMNT are teleported to a world of talking animals-the world of Usagi Yojimbo! When the samarai rabbit embarks on a quest to save Japan and the deadly Jei blocks his path, a Turtle team-up may be the only chance for survival! 48pgs, FC (1 of 1) $7.99

Isn't Usagi Yojimbo a ronin, rather than a samarai?

 

 

ROM VS TRANSFORMERS SHINING ARMOR #1

(W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A/CA) Alex Milne

Meet the universe's only Cybertronian Solstar Knight! Hundreds of years ago, Rom discovered Stardrive, the sole survivor of a doomed space probe. Stardrive committed herself to protecting the galaxy from the Dire Wraiths... but when the Decepticon called Starscream makes a deadly deal, Rom and the Transformers are forced into a collision course... with Stardrive caught between two worlds! 32pgs, FC  SRP: $3.99

 

 

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FROST GIANTS FURY TP   MAY170442

(W) Jim Zub (A) Netho Diaz (CA) Max Dunbar

Mighty giants stir across the land and before their crushing might, nothing is safe. Badly injured after their encounters in the Demiplane of Dread and now lost in the frozen northern reaches of the Forgotten Realms, the Baldur's Gate heroes will be tested like never before. Roll for initiative, a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure begins! (STL045309)

SC, 120pgs, FC    SRP: $19.99

 

 

DIABLO HOUSE #1

(W) Ted Adams (A/CA) Santiperez

Located along the sleepy coastal town of La Jolla, California, Diablo House lets you make your dreams come true - if you dare. Surf-bum and Diablo House host, Riley, takes us into his home and shares the stories of the people who let their desire come at the cost of all else. Inspired by the classic horror comics of the past!  32pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

 

SAUCER COUNTRY TP   MAY170496

(W) Paul Cornell (A/CA) Ryan Kelly

THEY'RE UP THERE... Meet Arcadia Alvarado, Governor of New Mexico and Presidential hopeful. She's dealing with immigration policy, budget cuts, an alcoholic ex-and she was abducted by aliens. Or was she? It's a strange road to the White House but Alvarado is determined to get there because she has information that could stop an alien invasion and save the world. Collects all 14 issues of the original series. (STL048645)

SC, 300pgs, FC    SRP: $29.99

 

 

DREAD GODS #1

(W) Ron Marz (A) Tom Raney, Bart Sears (CA) Tom Raney

Ominous Press launches with the first of three limited series set in a science-fiction/fantasy universe of epic heroes and insidious villains. In DREAD GODS, gods in a fantasy world discover they're actually monsters in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Acclaimed creators Ron Marz and Tom Raney join with art master Bart Sears to usher in adventure like no other! Includes a backup tale by Bart Sears, and a wealth of added content. 48pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

 

COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS TP BIRTH OF A MEDIUM   MAY170513

(W) Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey

The inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga is presented in comic book form! The award-winning Action Philosophers team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey turn their irreverent-but-accurate eye to the stories of Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Fredric Wertham, Roy Lichtenstein, and more! Reprinting the classic series in bold new color!   SC, 144pgs, FC    $19.99

Roy Lichtenstein? What stories of Roy Lichtenstein? He wasn't a comic book (or comic strip artist. He was an oil on canvas "fine" artist working in the pop art field. Frankly I didn't have much use for him until I saw an original something he'd done (I don't even remember what it was) at MOMA in New York. It just dominated the room in a way few others can do.
Nonetheless, as I've plugged the ubiquitous Fred VanLente's stuff before, I'll do it again now. No doubt Van Lente (who seems meticulous in his research), references Lichetenberg in the correct context, while the bumf writer blows it.

 

RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE SCORE TP   MAY170514

(W) Richard Stark, Darwyn Cooke (A/CA) Darwyn Cooke

"The Score" is a high-octane trip across America, as Parker assembles a dozen of the best caper men he can find to knock over his most audacious target yet: an entire town. They scheme, they prepare, and they execute with military precision unaware that the whole thing is about to blow up in their faces. Long considered a high watermark in the Parker series, this new graphic adaptation brings the original to violent, double-crossing life.  SC, 6x9, 160pgs, FC      SRP: $17.99

 

 

TIME & VINE #1

(W/A/CA) Thom Zahler

A grade school history teacher, looking for a respite from her life's problems, finds the ultimate escape when the owner of a local winery reveals its secret to her: drink the right glass of wine in the right tasting room, and travel back in time to the year it was bottled. Together, they'll journey through the history of the 200-year old winery-as well as their own. 48pgs FC    SRP: $4.99

 

D4VE TP VOL 03 D4VEOCRACY   MAY170520

(W) Ryan Ferrier (A/CA) Valentin Ramon

After conquering 34RTH as the greatest robot war hero, then saving it from invading aliens, D4VE's next campaign gets political! In the wake of a robo-political assassination, D4VE begins a presidential campaign. A hip new app startup has other plans for the robot society, however, and creates the perfect political rival. The third arc of the acclaimed D4VE series returns in D4VEOCRACY.  SC, 100pgs, FC   SRP: $17.99

 

 

NIGHT OWL SOCIETY TP   MAY170523

(W) James Venhaus (A/CA) Pius Bak

High school loner David Foxworth's best friend is killed by a local mob boss, and the police won't do anything about it. With nothing but his allowance and an overdeveloped sense of right and wrong, David gathers a group of fellow outsiders and misfits and decides to take matters into his own hands. By night they sneak out to disrupt the mob's business and by day they maintain their perfect GPAs. They are The Night Owl Society. But, one of them is hiding a secret that could destroy the team. Will they survive without getting killed or grounded? (STL045317)

SC, 100pgs, FC    SRP: $17.99

 

 

SPACEBAT & THE FUGITIVES GN BOOK 01   MAY170529

(W/A/CA) Chris Sheridan

Spacebat, the galaxy's greatest misfit, is pressed into service by three children to battle robots, psychics, and even the very laws of nature to stop a mad scientist, his army of ill-mannered robots, and (worst of all), a universe-bending machine. (STL045342)

SC, 10x7, 120pgs, FC    SRP: $14.99

 

 

KORGI SHORT TALES

(W/A/CA) Christian Slade

Korgi: Short Tails is a 48-page comic book collecting all seven Korgi stories from Free Comic Book Day, together with a brand-new adventure called "Cloud Cat." A robot loses its head, finger-puppets battle, a dragon learns to breathe fire, and Sprout the Korgi (of course) stuffs himself with delicious treats! Slade's lovingly detailed pen-and-ink drawings bring his fantasy world to life in small slices, all bound up within a new fully-painted cover.   48pgs, B&W   SRP: $4.99

 

 

JEROME K JEROME BLOCHE HC   MAY170548

(W) Alain Dodier & Various (A/CA) Alain Dodier

 By day, the 20-year-old wanna-be sleuth Jerome translates detective novels, while by night he's enrolled in Professor Maison's correspondence course for private eyes. And when fifteen people in Paris have been killed by poisoned darts, Jerome gets his first case, capturing a flamboyant assassin who uses a blowgun. Unfortunately, things get off to a rocky start when the professor appears to be victim number sixteen! Translated in English for the first time. HC, 9x11, 56pgs, FC      SRP: $14.99

 

 

HAP & LEONARD SAVAGE SEASON TP   MAY170549

(W) Joe R. Lansdale (A/CA) Jussi Piironen

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for all women. Leonard is a gay, black Vietnam vet. Together, they stir up more commotion than a firestorm. But that's just the way they like it. When Trudy, an ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam. That's when things get interesting...SC, 128pgs, FC    SRP: $17.99

 

SKYLANDERS SPYRO & FRIENDS QUARTERLY FULL BLAST

(W) Ron Marz, David Rodriguez (A) Jack Lawrence, Various (CA) Jack Lawrence

oin Spyro and his fellow Skylanders as they embark on all-new adventures! Stealth Elf, Eruptor, Jet-Vac and all your favorites are here; ready to battle Kaos and all the various vile villains of the land! (STL049266)

48pgs, FC   SRP: $4.99

 

 

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS THE MISFITS TP   MAY170559

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Jenn St Onge (CA) M. Victoria Robado

Their songs may be better, but the Misfits have lost their label and nobody will touch them in the music business. On the ropes and desperate to get back on top, they're forced to consider the worst case scenario- A MISFITS REALITY TV SHOW. Though it promises the chance to get them back in the spotlight, it comes with a heavy, privacy-destroying price. (STL045312)

SC, 120pgs, FC    SRP: $19.99

 

 

MICKEY MOUSE DARKENBLOT TP   MAY170579

(W/A) Andrea Castellan & Various (CA) Lorenzo Pastrovicchio

Mickey Mouse faces off against high-tech horrors in this latest comic book adventure! The future is now! The high-tech city of Avantgarde has a cutting-edge robot police force-but it's just become the Phantom Blot's deadly private army! Can Mickey brave high-tech horrors to stop his old foe? Or will Avantgarde decide Mickey is part of the problem? Omigosh! Collects IDW's Mickey Mouse issues #16-18.    SC, 6x9, 124pgs, FC    SRP: $12.99

 

WALT DISNEY CHRISTMAS COMICS HC   MAY170583

(W) Frank Reilly (A) Floyd Gottfredson & Various (CA) Various

A delightful book for Disney fans of all ages. The Disney Christmas newspaper strip debuted in 1960 with "Peter Pan's Christmas Story," in which Captain Hook tries to sabotage Christmas. It was such a success that new stories were created yearly, each self-contained, each featuring characters from another animated movie, and each leading up to Christmas Eve and Santa off to deliver his presents. The "Disney-villain-wants-to-spoil-Christmas" plot was exploited with inventive variations each year. Stories include "Cruella's Very Furry Christmas," "Snow White's Christmas Surprise," "Dumbo and the Christmas Mystery," "Cinderella's Christmas Party," "The Three Little Pigs' Christmas Story," and many more. All 28 special holiday stories are collected for the first time. HC, 11x9, 228pgs, FC  $39.99

 

TANGLED THE SERIES ADVENTURE IS CALLING TP   MAY170586

(W) Scott Peterson, Various (A) Ivan Sharvin & Various (CA) Diogo Saito

Heed the call for adventure with all favorites from Disney's new hit animated show! Gorgeously illustrated stories starring Rapunzel, navigating her new life in the kingdom of Corona, with Eugene at her side! But will she be able to be a princess, make her family happy, and ALSO follow her heart? SC 72pgs FC $9.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++IMAGE COMICS

 

MOONSTRUCK #1

(W) Grace Ellis (A) Shae Beagle, Kate Leth (CA) Shae Beagle

A NEW ONGOING SERIES from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! The first arc also includes an additional short story with artist KATE LETH!

Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal...werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes!

But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie's dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who's going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?? These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming July 19 from Image Comics.    32pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

 

SACRED CREATURES #1 (MR)

(W) Pablo Raimondi, Klaus Janson (A/CA) Pablo Raimondi

When the supernatural forces maintaining the fragile balance of power in this world start to unravel, Josh Miller, a young college grad and expecting father, is caught in the middle of a vast conspiracy threatening to tear apart the foundations of humanity as we know it. As myth and reality collide, Josh finds himself on the frontline of a battle against an enemy dating back to the beginning of time itself.

Comic legends KLAUS JANSON (Daredevil, Dark Knight Returns) and PABLO RAIMONDI (X-Factor, Book of Doom) present SACRED CREATURES, their first-ever creator-owned series, with a monster-sized first issue featuring 66 pages of color art!  72pgs, FC   SRP: $4.99

 

 

GENERATION GONE #1

(W) Ales Kot, Andre Araujo (A/CA) Andre Araujo, Chris O'Halloran

America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job.

What happens when you're poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Skins + Unbreakable = GENERATION GONE, sort of- if you also include multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss...and survival. GENERATION GONE is for every kid struggling out there. It's about what it means to be young in the USA, 2017. MATURE THEMES   56pgs, FC  SRP: $4.99

 

 

BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE TP   MAY170610

(W/A/CA) Becky Cloonan

BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE collects BECKY CLOONAN's award-winning trilogy: WOLVES, THE MIRE, and DEMETER, with lush colors by LEE LOUGHRIDGE and a sketchbook/illustration section. These stories cast a spell of hypnotic melancholy, weaving their way through medieval landscapes of ancient curses and terrible truths that will haunt you long after you've set them down.

SC, 128pgs, FC    SRP: $14.99

 

 

CURSE WORDS TP VOL 01 (MR)   MAY170612

(W) Charles Soule (A/CA) Ryan Browne

A wizard has appeared in present-day New York! His name is Wizord, and he's here to save us all from dark magical forces bent on our destruction.

He's the best wizard of all time! Or...he's not, and he's lying to everyone, and secretly is the dark magical force, but wants to hang out in our world for a while because it's so much nicer than the hellhole he comes from.

Secrets, and spells, and talking koalas-CURSE WORDS is a gonzo dark fantasy from CHARLES SOULE (Daredevil, Letter 44, Star Wars) and RYAN BROWNE (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS).

Collects CURSE WORDS #1-5    SC, 168pgs, FC     SRP: $9.99

 

 

GOD COUNTRY TP (MR)   MAY170624

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Geoff Shaw

SOUTHERN BASTARDS meets American Gods in a high-stakes fantasy series that masterfully blends high-octane action and jaw-dropping worldbuilding.

In GOD COUNTRY, readers meet Emmett Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia. Emmett isn't just a problem for his children-his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home-as well as the surrounding West Texas town-a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage.

An enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He's now the only man who can face these otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star Stateà

In GOD COUNTRY, salvation is a double-edged sword. "So much fun to watch creators find that next level. Go, Cates, go!" -BRIAN  BENDIS Collects GOD COUNTRY #1-6  SC, 184pgs, FC     $14.99

 

 

LAZARUS X PLUS 66 #1 (OF 6) (MR)

(W) Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann (A) Steve Lieber (CA) Michael Lark

In the wake of "CULL" and setting the stage for "FRACTURE," the sixth storyline of the critically acclaimed LAZARUS, this series takes us into the year +66 with six separate stories. Casey Solomon has caught the eye of the Lazarus, but gaining the Family's attention can be as much a curse as a blessing. Will Dagger Selection destroy Casey, or will survival mean something worse?   40pgs, FC (1 of 6)     SRP: $3.99

 

 

MAGE HERO DENIED #0

(W/A/CA) Matt Wagner

MATT WAGNER returns with the third and final volume of his epic fantasy trilogy-MAGE: THE HERO DENIED. This long-awaited conclusion follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick, who, after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard, discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur. The story picks up several years after the fateful climax of THE HERO DEFINED and finds Kevin beginning to once again doubt the virtue of his actions and the course of his destiny.

This introductory, half-sized issue #0 continues MAGE's tradition of an "Interlude" short-adventure, bridging the gap between this series and the previous storyline. It also acts as a perfect jumping-on spot for new readers. (STL050660)

16pgs, FC   SRP: $1.99

 

MAGE HERO DISCOVERED TP VOL 01   MAY170640

(W) Matt Wagner (A) Matt Wagner, Sam Kieth (CA) Matt Wagner

The first of two volumes reprinting the classic early issues of creator MATT WAGNER's epic fantasy trilogy. THE HERO DISCOVERED reveals the fledgling adventures of the reluctant everyman hero, Kevin Matchsick. After encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard, Kevin soon discovers that he is more than he ever imagined.

This seminal work has found an enduring popularity with readers for decades and marks creator MATT WAGNER's emergence as a powerful story-teller. With the release of the final part of the MAGE trilogy, this series will spark interest with new readers and older fans alike. SC, 224pgs, FC    $19.99

Frankly, I don't know if this is a new TPB or not. There's nothing in the bumf to indicate that it isn't a new collection, but Mage has been around so long and has always been done in "natural TPB arcs, that it makes it kinda hard to believe it isn't a package we've seen before.

 

OTHER SIDE SPECIAL ED HC (MR)   MAY170642

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Cameron Stewart

THE OTHER SIDE SPECIAL EDITION is a hardcover collection of the Eisner-Award nominated miniseries that started it all for writer JASON AARON (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, THE GODDAMNED, Scalped)! With amazingly visceral artwork from CAMERON STEWART (MOTOR CRUSH, Fight Club 2) and vivid colors from DAVE McCAIG (American Vampire), THE OTHER SIDE tells an unforgettable Vietnam War story from the point of view of two young soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

THE OTHER SIDE SPECIAL EDITION will not only showcase this powerful war story but also include loads of extra materials straight from the files of both writer and artist. CAMERON STEWART was so committed to this project that he traveled to Vietnam to do preliminary research, and this collection will feature pictures, drawings, and journal entries from that trip.

Collects THE OTHER SIDE #1-5    HC, 144pgs, FC  SRP: $19.99

 

SOLID STATE TP   MAY170645

(W) Jonathan Coulton, Matt Fraction (A/CA) Albert Monteys

From musician, singer-songwriter, and internet superstar JONATHAN COULTON comes the graphic novel accompaniment (in square-bound, 10" x 10" format) to his new concept album, SOLID STATE.

Two guys, connected by a name and hundreds of years, somehow stand at the end of man's beginning, and the beginning of man's end. But...it's funny? Also kind of a nightmare. But mostly funny? A funny science FACTion nightmare about the end of everything, but how that's all kind of okay.  Teaming up with MATT FRACTION, the writer of SEX CRIMINALS, and the award-winning Spanish artist ALBERT MONTEYS, COULTON's SOLID STATE is a tech mashup where  getting all we ever wanted might just be a terrible idea. SC, 10x10, 128pgs, FC  SRP: $19.99

 

STREET ANGEL GANG HC   MAY170648

(W) Jim Rugg, Brian Maruca (A/CA) Jim Rugg

What if Kal El had been found by the Warriors instead of the Kents? The deadliest girl alive accidentally joins a super violent street gang. Are the Bleeders the family Jesse never had, or is Jesse the child they never wanted? What?

Free snacks at the gang tryout party! Also, SCANDAL-one of the Bleeders is a spy!    HC, 40pgs, FC SRP: $19.99

 

 

BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 05   MAY170652

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Andrei Bressan, Adriano Lucas

Born during a time of endless war, Rya will do anything to give her child a better future. Whether that's on Earth or back on Terrenos, she fights for that future alongside her new family. Even as they all start to realize something's not right with Mikey!  Collects  #21-25. SC, 112pgs,  $12.99

 

BLACK ROAD TP VOL 02 A PAGAN DEATH (MR)   MAY170660

(W) Brian Wood (A) Garry Brown, Dave McCaig (CA) Garry Brown

Having located Bishop Oakenfort on the extreme northern coast of Norssk, Magnus the Black moves in on this rogue Vatican outpost with the intent to shut it down. But as formidable a Viking warrior as Magnus is, he is still one man versus a fortress. The epic conclusion to the story started with volume one's "THE HOLY NORTH."

Collects BLACK ROAD #6-10. SC, 120pgs, FC SRP: $14.99

 

BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 06 (MR)   MAY170662

(W) Rick Remender (A) Matteo Scalera (CA) Moreno DiNisio

After years adrift in the chaotic Eververse, the McKay family finally reunites in their home dimension. But it's far from the happy end they expected. To save all there is and ever will be, the Dimensionauts need to cut deeper into the Onion than ever before!  RICK REMENDER & MATTEO SCALERA present the sixth chapter of the runaway pulp sci-fi smash hit BLACK SCIENCE!

Collects BLACK SCIENCE #26-30    SC, 136pgs, FC SRP: $14.99

 

HORIZON TP VOL 02 REMNANT (MR)   MAY170686

(W) Brandon Thomas (A) Juan Gedeon, Mike Spicer (CA) Jason Howard

Zhia Malen has delivered the first crippling blow to Earth. Now, Chicago braces for a super storm as she kicks off the next phase of her invasion. But the connection between her world and Earth runs deeper than she imagined, making this planet hostile to EVERY species in the galaxy. Collects HORIZON #7-12   

SC, 128pgs, FC    SRP: $14.99

 

KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 02    MAY170693

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser (CA) Sean Phillips

Brubaker and Phillips' bestselling series keeps on hitting, as our vigilante hero goes deeper into the darkness, and the NYPD begin to realize there's a masked man killing bad guys all over town. Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything this award-winning team has done before. Collects KILL OR BE KILLED #5-10 SC, 160pgs, FC   $14.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++MARVEL COMICS

So Marvel's next big thing is going to be "Legacy". Basically, when they saw what a roaring success DC's "New 52" was back in 2011, and having no fresh ideas of their own, they did what Marvel always does (or at least pretty much always has done since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby let go of the creative reins), copy the "Distinguished Competition". DC's stunt turned out to be a "slow flash" in the pan, over a relatively short period of time, alienating more fans than it was creating, while Marvel killed off just about everyone in the "original Marvel Universe, then resurrecting them a few months later, often multiple times. This didn't just alienate fans, it killed them. Now, at the recent C2E2 show, Marvel admitted that they blew it in a big way, and now they're going to bring back the Marvel Universe that everyone knew and loved for so many years, much like DC has been trying to do with "Rebirth". Furthermore, they'll not be copying DC's "Rebirth #1-2-3-4 etc., but aside from a few one shots called "Legacy" and "Generations", if a title finished with (say) #342 before they killed it, when it resumes under "Legacy, it'll do so with #343 and continue from there, using so-called "legacy" numbering.. Only a nitpicker would sneer and claim that this is just a copy of what DC did with Action and Detective Comics, but it's not like legacy numbering was original to them: IDW, for one, did it several years ago with books like Walt Disney Comics & Stories, Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck,  and Mickey Mouse. So you can't accuse the House of Ideas of stealing from the Burbank boys on this one. For us, we'll be issuing question sheets for each and every one of these things, with the grouping "LG". If you're already taking a couple of Spiderman titles, you'll be asked if you want  "Amazing Spiderman LG" etc.

These stunts are always a pain in the neck, but let's hope that this time there's gain with the pain, and that the switchover, to borrow a catchphrase from Avi Arad's erstwhile boss, will make Marvel  great again!

 

Now this month's stuff isn't "Legacy", so just carry on as normal, okay?

 

ASTONISHING X-MEN #1

CHARLES SOULE (W) - JIM CHEUNG (A/C)

Variant Cover by ARTGERM

Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Character Variant Cover by TERRY DODSON

Villain Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN

REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY JIM LEE

Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN  TYLER CHRISTOPHER

ONLY THE X-MEN CAN SAVE US!

An ancient evil is attacking the world's most powerful minds. It will have them by the time you finish this sentence, and a moment later, it will have us all. A band of X-MEN discovers the truth behind the threat, but there is no time left. PSYLOCKE, OLD MAN LOGAN, BISHOP, ARCHANGEL, FANTOMEX, ROGUE and GAMBIT will attempt to save a world that hates and fears them. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE THE X-MEN.

From blockbuster writer CHARLES SOULE and joined by a roster of superstar artists beginning with JIM CHEUNG. ASTONISHING X-MEN. It's the X-book you need.

32 PGS./Rated T+ à$4.99

 

But some of it runs towards the "Generations thing...

SPIDER-MEN II #1 (of 5)

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) - SARA PICHELLI (A)

Cover by Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor

Variant Cover by Daniel Acu±a

Connecting Variant Cover by Jes_s Saiz

VARIANT COVER BY KADIR NELSON

VARIANT COVER BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

VARIANT COVER BY TBA

THIS IS IT, TRUE BELIEVERS!

The moment five years in the making is finally here! The first time Peter Parker and Miles Morales met ended with a question - WHO IS THE MILES MORALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE?! Now that the Miles you know and love is with Peter in the Marvel Universe, you're finally going to get that answer to who the OTHER Miles Morales is! And that's just the tip of the iceberg as Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Peter Parker and Miles Morales!

32 PGS./Rated T+ à$3.99

 

 

DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 & 2 (of 5)

CULLEN BUNN (W)  DALIBOR TALAJIC (A)

Covers by DAVE JOHNSON

ISSUE #1 - Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH

ISSUE #1 - Variant Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

ISSUE #1 - VOLUME 1 VARIANT COVER BY TBA

ISSUE #2 - Variant Cover by SALVA ESPIN

Remember the time Deadpool went a little TOO crazy and killed the entire Marvel Universe? Well, this isn't that. This is a DIFFERENT time. Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talajic (A.K.A. the creators behind DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE) have reunited for ANOTHER tale of Deadpool taking out all of your faves in the most horrific ways possible! It's gonna hurt him more than it hurts you-and you're gonna love it!

32 PGS. (EACH)/Parental Advisory     $3.99 (EACH)

 

MARVEL'S THOR: RAGNAROK PRELUDE #1 (of 4)

WILL CORONA PILGRIM (W) - J.L. GILES (A)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK'S MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE DEBUT!

BRUCE BANNER has been trying to put the past behind him as he learns to control the powerful beast inside him. But as GENERAL ROSS continues to hunt the fugitive Banner, it's only a matter of time before the HULK will smash! Join us for part one of our lead-up to 2017's cinematic event Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok with this brand-new comic adaptation of the smash hit The Incredible Hulk!   32 PGS./Rated T     $3.99

MARVEL'S THOR: RAGNAROK PRELUDE #2 (of 4)

WILL CORONA PILGRIM (W) J.L. GILES (A)

HULK VS. ABOMINATION!

- GENERAL ROSS' obsession with the HULK will have dire consequences including the emergence of a powerful villain that may prove too much for his forces-or the Hulk!

- It's a showdown in New York City, and the next step on the road to Ragnarok!   32 PGS./Rated T      $3.99

 

 

SPIDER-MAN: MASTER PLAN #1

ROBBIE THOMPSON (w) - NATHAN STOCKMAN (a/C)

Variant Cover by RON LIM

Variant Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

CRIME DOES PAY!

- Everything's going perfectly for PETER PARKER -he's got some time off and landed tickets to the hottest Broadway show in town - which means there's another shoe ready to drop somewhere

- Join everyone's favorite web-slinger in an all-new story against his classic foe THE CRIME MASTER!

- Also including a special reprinting of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2, featuring the first appearance of THE VULTURE!

40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+     $3.99

 

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TELLTALE SERIES #1 (OF 5)

FRED VAN LENTE (W) - Salva Espin (A)

Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM

GAME VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

An all-new prequel to the interactive episodic game Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series! A group of cultists have taken over the planet Titan, turning it into a proverbial hive of scum and villainy, all worshipping its most infamous native son, the cosmic tyrant Thanos!  Luckily for the Guardians of the Galaxy, it's also the target of their newest heist! Hired by a mysterious buyer, our band or ragtag misfits will have to get in and get out without being sliced and diced by a planet full of crazies. Easier said than done! Join Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket and Groot on an action-packed, laugh-filled adventure that's not only being created in conjunction with Telltale, but also leads directly to the new smash hit game!

32 PGS./Rated T      $3.99

 

 

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INCREDIBLE HULK VOL. 11 HC

Written by LEN WEIN

Penciled by HERB TRIMPE & SAL BUSCEMA

Cover by GIL KANE

Hulk is the strongest! Why? Because it's hard not to be when you go from strength to strength with artists Herb Trimpe and Sal Buscema! Trimpe defined the Incredible Hulk in an artistic tenure stretching from 1968 to 1975. When Sal Buscema took over the reins, not only did the series gain a great talent, but one that, unbelievably, would have a tenure longer than even Trimpe's! Add to that Len Wein writing some of his greatest Hulk stories, and you've got a bona fide Marvel Masterworks! The adventures include Hulk smashing his way through the Mole Man, the Gremlin, the Shaper of Worlds, Doc Samson, the Abomination-and, of course, the never-ending military machinations of Gen. Thunderbolt Ross! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #184-196 and material from GS HULK #1 and MVL TREASURY EDITION #5.  272 PGS./Rated T     $75.00

 

UNCANNY INHUMANS VOL. 2 HC

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Penciled by CARLOS PACHECO, KIM JACINTO, R.B. SILVA, & others

Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

War is hell for the Uncanny Inhumans! First, CIVIL WAR II rocks the Marvel Universe, and the Inhumans are central to the conflict! As one of their own is blessed - or cursed - with the ability to predict the future, disastrous events are set in motion, and tensions between Inhumans and humankind reach a boiling point. Meanwhile, Maximus the Mad seizes the moment to make matters worse! Then, fresh from that conflict, the Inhumans go to war with the X-Men - in a battle that only one side can survive! And in the depths of Black Bolt's Quiet Room, a plan is hatched that will decide Inhumanity's future-and shadowy forces move against Queen Medusa in the wake of her battle against Tony Stark. Big changes are coming for the Inhumans! Collecting UNCANNY INHUMANS #11-20 and ANNUAL #1.  264 PGS./Rated T+     $34.99

 

 

X-MEN GOLD VOL. 1: BACK TO BASICS TPB

Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM

Penciled by KEN LASHLEY, ARDIAN SYAF & R.B. SILVA

Cover by ARDIAN SYAF

SPECIALLY PRICED FIRST VOLUME!

In the wake of war with the Inhumans, the X-Men are at a crossroads. Where do they go from here? Luckily, one beloved X-Man has the answer! Xavier's dream comes full circle as Kitty Pryde returns to lead the team into a golden future! Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Rachel Grey and Old Man Logan renew their mission to protect a world that hates and fears them as the next chapter in the saga of the X-Men begins! But a revamped Brotherhood of Evil Mutants isn't far behind - and when their rampage through New York City begins, some surprisingly familiar faces will be among their ranks! Who has turned their backs on the X-Men-and why? Collects X-MEN GOLD (2017) #1-6.144 PGS $15.99

 

 

X-MEN BLUE VOL. 1: STRANGEST TPB

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Penciled by JORGE MOLINA, MATTEO BUFFAGNI & JULIAN LOPEZ

Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS

SPECIALLY PRICED FIRST VOLUME!

Like a bolt from the blue, the original five X-Men reunite - like never before! And this time, Jean Grey is in charge! Cyclops, Iceman, Angel and Beast follow her into action, bringing mutant criminals to justice and restoring a heroic sheen to their team. But how well can they do that when their new mentor is their one-time archenemy? That's right - Magneto has joined the original X-Men! And not everyone can put old rivalries aside. The X-Men encounter the new Marauders, Mister Sinister and the delights of Madripoor - but with tensions rising, can the team come together to be a cohesive force for good? Or will ulterior motives and personal quests derail the enterprise? At the end of the day, who can be trusted? Collects X-MEN BLUE #1-6.  144 PGS.       $15.99

 

 

WEAPON X VOL. 1: WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION PRELUDE TPB

Written by GREG PAK

Penciled by GREG LAND & MAHMUD ASRAR

Cover by GREG LAND

For years, the Weapon X program engineered the deadliest mutant killers on the planet. Now it's back, under the control of a shadowy new director - and it's out to eradicate Homo superior, not recruit them! Weapon X has unleashed an army of cyborg killers, and among its targets are Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Domino and Warpath! But the key to achieving the Program's master plan could be none other than Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk! What is the sinister secret of the mysterious new "Batch-H" experiment? The worlds of Weapon X and the Totally Awesome Hulk collide - and the results will be explosive! The stage is set for an incendiary epic that could only be called "Weapons of Mutant Destruction"! Collects WEAPON X  #1-4 and TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #19. 112 PGS./Rated T+       $15.99

 

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN VOL. 4: IVX TPB

Written by JEFF LEMIRE with MARC GUGGENHEIM, GREG PAK & CULLEN BUNN

PENCILED BY ERIC KODA, VICTOR IBANEZ & ANDREA SORRENTINO WITH KEN LASHLEY,

IBRAIM ROBERSON, LEONARD KIRK & GUILLERMO ORTEGO

COVER BY DAVID YARDIN

Extraordinary X-Men versus Uncanny Inhumans! The X-Men have learned that the Terrigen Mist - the source of the Inhumans' powers, but lethal to mutants - has reached an irreversible saturation point. Earth is on the verge of being rendered uninhabitable to mutantkind. And now the X-Men see no other option than to strike against the Inhumans to ensure their own survival. But one X-Man doesn't take the decision lightly. Storm has literally led her teammates through hell and back, but will she command them in battle against their longtime friends and allies? What will war mean for Forge, Old Man Logan, Magik and Jean Grey? And if the X-Men come out the other side, what will be the cost? One Extraordinary era ends as another begins! Collects EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #17-20 and X-MEN PRIME. 128 PGS. ...$16.99

 

UNCANNY X-MEN: SUPERIOR VOL. 4 - IVX TPB

Written by CULLEN BUNN & ANTHONY PIPER

Penciled by EDGAR SALAZAR, KEN LASHLEY & ANTHONY PIPER

Cover by KEN LASHLEY

The X-Men confront the Inhumans in the most uncanny conflict of all! Since the discovery that the Terrigen Mist - the key to unlocking an Inhuman's hidden potential and powers - is lethal to mutants, the X-Men and Inhumans have been locked in a cold war. But now things are heating up, and about to boil over, as the X-Men are forced into drastic steps to ensure the future of their species! But when Magneto goes too far, what will be the repercussions of his dramatic actions when the battle ends? When she left his team, Psylocke vowed that if Magneto stepped out of line, she would end him. Is she about to make good on that promise? Plus: A dead X-Man returns, and so does Domino! Collects UNCANNY X-MEN (2016) #16-19 and ANNUAL #1. 128 PGS.   $16.99

 

ALL-NEW X-MENVOL. 4: INEVITABLE

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS, SINA GRACE & REX OGLE with MARC GUGGENHEIM, GREG PAK & CULLEN BUNN

PENCILED BY MARK BAGLEY, PACO DIAZ, CORY SMITH & ANDREA BROCCARDO WITH KEN LASHLEY, IBRAIM ROBERSON,LEONARD KIRK & GUILLERMO ORTEGO

Cover by MARK BAGLEY

Since the discovery that the Terrigen Mist - the key to unlocking an Inhuman's hidden potential and powers - is lethal to mutants, the X-Men and Inhumans have been locked in a cold war. But as the Terrigen seeps into the earth and reaches an irreversible tipping point, the X-Men are spurred into action to ensure the future of their species! For Jean Grey, that means taking out the Inhumans' deadliest weapon: Karnak! But when Cyclops learns the truth behind his adult counterpart's quest to destroy the Inhumans, there'll be hell to pay! As the dust settles on the war, the original five X-Men will be reunited once more - but will they walk into their all-new future together or apart? Plus: Date night for Idie, and Dani Moonstar returns! Collects ALL-NEW X-MEN #17-19, ANNUAL #1 and X-MEN PRIME.136 PGS.    $17.99

 

 

MAN-THING BY R.L. STINE TPB

Written by R.L. STINE

Penciled by GERMAN PERALTA, DANIEL JOHNSON, CHRISTOPHER MITTEN, & MORE

Cover by TYLER CROOK

Marvel's melancholy muck-monster as you've never seen him before - courtesy of beloved author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street)! After so many years of somber silence, Man-Thing has found his voice - and taken Hollywood by storm! But when an ancient evil threatens his old swamp stomping ground, Man-Thing will have to choose between his new life and celebrity, and the world he used to call home. An old ally pays a visit, but everything else is out to get Man-Thing - including crocodiles, bats and mosquitos, oh my! Can the balance of the swamp be restored, or will the cause of this calamity be beyond Man-Thing's control? Plus: Bone-chilling bonus horror tales from the master himself, R.L. Stine! Reading this will give you goosebumpsàbut beware - for whoever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing's touch! Collects MAN-THING (2017) #1-5.112 PGS.     $15.99

 

 

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL TPB

Written by CULLEN BUNN & CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

Penciled by LUKE ROSS & CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

Cover by ROD REIS

Raised on hate, fear and anger - steeped in the ways of darkness - and trained to kill! Darth Maul's time as apprentice to Darth Sidious has long been cloaked in shadows; now, at last, his tale of revenge is revealed! It's a story of rage unleashed as Darth Maul prepares for his first encounter with the hated Jedi. But when a Jedi Padawan is captured by sinister forces, why is Maul so determined to find her? And what's the role of the band of bounty hunters that includes Cad Bane and Aurra Sing? Get to know the galaxy's deadliest Zabrak like never before!

Collects DARTH MAUL #1-5.   112 PGS.     $16.99

 

 

NOVA VOL. 1: RESURRECTION TPB

Written by JEFF LOVENESS & RAMON PEREZ

Penciled by RAMON PEREZ

Cover by RAMON PEREZ

Richard Rider is back! And when he makes his roaring return to the Marvel Universe, it changes everything for Sam Alexander! How will the young Nova cope with his predecessor's unfathomable homecoming? Is Earth big enough for two Nova-helmet-wearing protectors? Strap in, True Believer, you've never seen a Nova book like this before! Action meets romance as Sam goes on a date with the new girl in school, while Rich reconnects with an old flame: the Guardian of the Galaxy called Gamora! But all the while, the truth of Rich's time in the Cancerverse is festering in the background - and it is dangerous! It's the comeback you've all been waiting for - but will it be a happy ending, or a terrifying new beginning? Collects NOVA #1-7.  160 PGS. $19.99

 

 

UNSTOPPABLE WASP VOL. 1: UNSTOPPABLE! TPB

Written by JEREMY WHITLEY

Penciled by ELSA CHARRETIER

Cover by ELSA CHARRETIER

SPECIALLY PRICED FIRST VOLUME!

Nadia spent the entire first half of her life a captive of the Red Room, but now this teenage super scientist is spreading her wings! Hank Pym's daughter has a lot of time to make up for, and she's determined to change the world. With Jarvis at her side, she's on a mission to bring together the girl geniuses of the Marvel Universe - starting with Lunella Lafayette, the miraculous Moon Girl! But Nadia didn't count on evil scientists, man-eating giant rats or Devil Dinosaur- or the lethal lady wrestlers known as the Grapplers! And even as Nadia's recruiting drive continues, the Red Room is on her trail - and they'll pull out all the stops to get her back! Can the geniuses of GIRL find ways to save Nadia from being dragged back to the bunker?

 Collects UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1-4, and ANAD AVENGERS #14.120 PGS. ...$12.99

 

 

MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 1: ALIEN NATION TPB

Written by MARGARET STOHL

Penciled by RAMON ROSANAS & EMILIO LAISO

Cover by ELIZABETH TORQUE

Behold the mightiest, fightiest super hero around! Carol Danvers has been to the depths of outer space and back, but that still hasn't prepared her for her newfound status as the greatest there is. She returns to her helm as Alpha Flight commander with the world cheering her on - but has Captain Marvel become someone she no longer recognizes? She'd rather focus on the job, so when her crew discovers that a shady character is hunting for alien-refugee children, Carol jumps on the case. But an elusive enemy draws closer to destroying everything she and her Alpha Flight teammates have sworn to protect! Oh, how the mighty will fall! New York Times-best-selling author Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures, Black Widow: Forever Red) makes her comics-series debut with a blockbuster Marvel story! Collecting MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #0-4.  112 PGS./Rated T+ à$15.99

 

 

SLAPSTICK VOL. 1: THAT'S NOT FUNNY TPB

Written by REILLY BROWN & FRED VAN LENTE

Penciled by DIEGO OLORTEGUI & REILLY BROWN

Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

Steve Harmon was an average teenager with an average job as your average clown, living in average New Jersey. But after being zapped by weird and mysterious extra dimensional energy, Steve became Slapstick - a living, breathing cartoon character! Now, after joining - and then quitting - Deadpool's Mercs for Money, Slapstick is striking out on his own! Sure, he's gotta move back in with his parents, but he gets to team up with the Amazing Spider-Man and meet adorable (but deadly) little minotaurs, so there's that! And when he embarks on a very personal mission, Slapstick will have to work with far stranger allies - like the War D.O.G.S., America's Best Friends! But can these patriotic pups help Steve get to Dimension Ecch, where a throne of games awaits him? Collecting SLAPSTICK (2016) #1-6.   136 PGS.    $17.99

 

 

BULLSEYE: THE COLOMBIAN CONNECTION TPB

Written by ED BRISSON & MARV WOLFMAN

Penciled by GUILLERMO SANNA & ALEC MORGAN

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

He's a ruthless hitman who never misses, a deadly foe who can turn any object into a lethal weapon! So why is the Marvel Universe's most dangerous assassin heading to Colombia to take aim at a drug cartel? Find out as Bullseye takes charge! But as the body count rises, the bull's-eye falls onàBullseye! Teodor and the Black Knife Cartel flip the script, ensnaring the lethal assassin in a no-win situation - and Joy wants the joy of killing Bullseye all to herself! If he doesn't find a way out of Colombia, this will be his last job! But when SHIELD comes a-calling, will that increase Bullseye's odds of survival - or finish him completely? Collects BULLSEYE #1-5.120 PGS.   $15.99

 

DEADPOOL: WORLD'S GREATEST VOL. 8 - 'TIL DEATH DO USà TPB

Written by GERRY DUGGAN, CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS & JOSHUA CORIN

Penciled by SALVA ESPIN, IBAN COELLO & SCOTT KOBLISH

Cover by REILLY BROWN & JIM CHARALAMPIDIS

You've never seen marital problems like this! It was a whirlwind romance - Deadpool traveled across the world with Shiklah, fighting all sorts of threats at her side and finally married her as a way to thwart the evil vampire lord Dracula! But the honeymoon is over, and reality has set in. Wade's bride is a demon succubus, the queen of a monstrous kingdom hidden beneath Manhattan. So when this monster metropolis declares war on the surface world, Deadpool's loyalties are divided between his husbandly duties and the role he's crafted for himself as a hero. Can Spidey and the Mercs for Money help him decide whose side he's on? Brace yourself for a domestic dispute that's really going to break some things up! Collecting DEADPOOL (2015) #28-29, DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY (2016B) #9-10 and SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #15-16.  136 PGS.   $17.99

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON VOL. 5 -END OF THE LINE TPB

Written by NICK SPENCER with LARRY HAMA

Penciled by DANIEL ACUNA & ANGEL UNZUETA with PAUL RYAN

Cover by DANIEL ACUNA

When Steve Rogers could no longer wield the shield, Sam Wilson stepped up as an all-new, all-different and very much all-his-own Captain America. The public was divided. And when a reinvigorated Steve returned to share the mantle, the protests grew louder. Sam just kept fighting on, the only way he knew how. But is the world big enough for two Caps? And as Sam is pulled into the shocking events of Marvel's next big event, will he - and the world - have to choose? At the end of the line, there's no way out! Plus: The classic first appearance of Sam's controversial pal, Rage! Collects CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #18-21 and AVENGERS (1963) #326.  112 PGS./Rated T+ à$15.99

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS VOL. 3 -EMPIRE BUILDING TPB

Written by NICK SPENCER

Penciled by JAVIER PINA, JESUS SAIZ & MORE

Cover by DANIEL ACUNA

He's a hero. An Avenger. A living legend. The Sentinel of Liberty. Mankind's greatest threat? It's the story that shocked the world - and you won't believe where it's going next. In the aftermath of war, Tony Stark and Carol Danvers turn to the one person they can trust: Steve Rogers, Captain America. Uh-oh! And when Zemo returns, can the new Masters of Evil be far behind? The secret story of Cap in World War II is told! The full extent of Madame Hydra's string-pulling is revealed! But only one man can lead Hydra into a new age of dominance and superiority - and the Red Skull believes he is that man! But Captain America has other ideas - ideas that will change the landscape of the Marvel Universe! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #12-16 and CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH #1.  152 PGS./Rated T+     $19.99

 

SILK VOL. 3: THE CLONE CONSPIRACY TPB

Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON

Penciled by IRENE STRYCHALSKI & TANA FORD

Cover by HELEN CHEN

Silk is drawn into THE CLONE CONSPIRACY! And with a variety of folks mysteriously dead no more, she's about to face a Spider-Woman who's come back from the grave! New U has made J. Jonah Jameson's dreams come true. First his late wife, Marla, was returned to him, and now his adopted daughter, Mattie Franklin, is alive again as well! It should be a time for celebration, but Cindy Moon is feeling anything but festive - especially since her boss' entire resurrected family is setting off her spider-sense! And since Mattie used to be Spider-Woman, what will she make of Silk? The situation seems destined to bring heartbreak - but if Cindy Moon can survive that, then Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, may have an interesting proposition for her. Is the world ready foràSilk, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.?!

Collecting SILK (2015B) #14-19.   136 PGS./Rated T      $17.99

 

MIGHTY THOR VOL. 2: LORDS OF MIDGARD TPB

Written by JASON AARON

Penciled by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN, RAFA GARRES & FRAZER IRVING

Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

The legend continues with Thors new and old! Loki spins a special ages-old tale of a young Odinson in action against a hulking great enemy. You wouldn't like this Viking when he's angry! But what incredible impact will this yarn from the past have on the present? Prepare for corporate espionage, Marvel-style,{{Marvel style: Probably means the spy rides around in a truck that has a flashing "INCOGNITO ESPIONAGE AGENT" sign on it.}} as some of the world's most powerful and evil conglomerates go to war - with Thor caught in the middle! And as if Roxxon and the rest aren't enough trouble, Jane Foster must contend with a new enemy: S.H.I.E.L.D.! Whose side is Agent Roz Solomon on? Worse still, millions of lives will depend on the God of Thunder saving Roxxon's evil executive, Dario Agger! All this and Exterminatrix and Silver Samurai?!

Collects MIGHTY THOR (2015) #6-12.  160 PGS.      $19.99

 

UNCANNY AVENGERS: UNITY VOL. 4 - RED SKULL TPB

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Penciled by KEVIN LIBRANDA, PEPE LARRAZ & RODRIGO ZAYAS

Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

The Avengers' Unity squad is on the verge of collapse after debilitating wars with Ultron and the Hand. Exactly the wrong moment for the Red Skull to strike! When the Skull springs his trap, Avengers Mansion will become a house of horrors! As the Avengers are tortured by their own worst fears and past failures, what sacrifices will they be forced to make to break free of the Red Skull's diabolical deathtrap? Rogue attempts a bold gambit! Deadpool gets help from a few pals! And it's lights out for a team member! Not everyone finishes on their feet! The final fate of Charles Xavier's telepathic brain is revealed! Which Avenger will return?

 Collects UNCANNY AVENGERS #18-23.136 PGS.     $17.99

 

 

DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS TPB

Written by JOHN BARBER

Penciled by ANDREA BROCCARDO, DOMo STANTON & Jason Muhr

Cover by MICHAEL WALSH

The Master of the Mystic Arts and the One-Man War on Crime unite their unique talents! When mafia demons strike, it'll take the combined skills of Doctor Strange and the Punisher to stop them! But does this mean Stephen Strange will adopt Frank Castle's lethal ways? Or will the Punisher learn some new tricks? The Sorcerer Supreme works on being a little more grounded, while Frank expands his worldview in surprising new directions. But with monstrous mobsters on the rampage, this mismatched pair have their work cut out for them! The very different worlds of two of Marvel's most unique characters collide, and the fate of New York is at stake!

 Collects DR.STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS #1-4.

128 PGS./Rated T+      $15.99

 

 

DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER TPB

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Penciled by PERE PEREZ

Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY

Frank Castle has an unstoppable will - a powerful drive to punish those who do wrong, rooted in the tragic killing of his family. Wade Wilson has an unstoppable mouth - an unthinking knack for annoying everyone around him, rooted in thinking he's funny. Both men, however, are among the deadliest on the planet. And when they find themselves in disagreement over the criminal known as the Bank, they're in for one of the most brutal fights of their lives! Can Frank kill Wade over and over without dying once himself? Or will Wade bug Frank until he welcomes death? When the shells all hit the ground, will anyone truly win? (Besides the ammunition manufacturers, that is?) It's the Merc With a Mouth against the Gunman With a Grimace! Collecting DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER #1-5.   112 PGS./Parental Advisory     $15.99

 

 

INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN TPB

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by ALEX MALEEV

Cover by ALEX MALEEV

The award-winning creative team that turned Daredevil's life upside down sets its sights on Iron Man! But who is Tony Stark? Since learning he was adopted, this question has cast a shadow over his life. Now, it's time to uncover his true legacy - a journey that will carry Tony into new directions as both a man and an armored adventurer. Alongside unlikely quasi-ally Doctor Doom, Iron Man will discover answers to questions he never knew existed! But as a new international crime boss beats him at every turn, can Tony unravel the mystery of his past before deadly history repeats itself? Revelations will send him reeling - and even if Iron Man makes it out alive, his new standing in the Marvel Universe might be the death of him! Collecting INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #1-7.  160 PGS./Rated T+     $24.99

 

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MOTHER ENTROPY TPB

Written by JIM STARLIN

Penciled by ALAN DAVIS

Cover by ALAN DAVIS

Two celebrated talents take on the Guardians of the Galaxy! The Guardians owe everyone on Knowhere money, so they're forced to do a job for the local police. But that causes them to run afoul of Pip the Troll and a mysterious entity known only as Mother Entropy - and that's when the fun begins! Mother Entropy puts Pip and the Guardians to the test, to determine which of them will rule on her behalf in this plane of reality! But where does everyone's favorite Titan, Thanos, come in? And how about Gladiator and the Shi'ar? The final test will involve - what else - a no-holds-barred brawl at Starlin's Bar! Who will be the last Guardian standing to face a monstrous villain all on their lonesome?

Collecting GOTG MOTHER ENTROPY #1-5.136 PGS.     $17.99

"Two celebrated talents take on the Guardians of the Galaxy"? My money's on Starlin coming out the winner.

 

 

ROCKET RACCOON: GROUNDED TPB

Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG

Penciled by JORGE COELHO

Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

Rocket is grounded-literally! Along with his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket has found himself stuck in the last place he'd ever want to be: the backwards, no-class pit of a planet called Earth! It doesn't matter how-it doesn't matter who or what gets in his way-he's just gotta get off this mudball! Right now! But that's easier said than done, as Earth is a world filled with distractions - like Kraven the Hunter! Investigating poor, defenseless creatures being slaughtered in New York City, Rocket goes on the hunt - and finds a hunter! Will Rocket end up stuffed and mounted? Or locked up in a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison? Will his quest to escape Earth be sidetracked for good? Find out as the growling Guardian becomes Earth's bittiest hero! Collecting ROCKET RACCOON (2016) #1-5.  112 PGS.     $15.99

I wanna know how tough Rocket Raccoon is- How white is his white fur?
From my brief experience in the trade (we had seized about $250,000 worth of fur coats from a deadbeat and it was my job to warehouse, then ship them), I learned that raccoons hang out in trees, with the strongest ones on the highest branches. They don't come down when they have to pee, they just let it go. After a while, the weaker guys on the lower branches have been "hosed down" so often that their fur takes on a definite yellow hue. Which means the whiter your raccoon coat's stripes are, the more likely it is to be made from good, strong skins- or the more likely it is to be made from politically correct polyester.

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UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL V-3: TOTALLY IN CONTINUITY TPB  MAY170967

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS

Penciled by MYISHA HAYNES & GURIHIRU

Cover by GISELE LAGACE

Gwen Poole continues to make friends and influence people across the Marvel Universe! But what will Marvel's heroes and villains make of Gwen and her bizarre perspective on the world they live in? First up, Gwen gets hired to save a small town from a vampire! It's high stakes, but all is not as it seems. Then, her gaming skills are put to the test when she's captured by Arcade, and thrown intoàa world of fantasy roleplaying?! After that, Gwen will need a vacation. We hear L.A. is nice! Gwen heads to Hollywood, where she encounters Kate Bishop (the real Hawkeye), Ghost Rider and-dwarves?! Plus: Things get festive back home - but something's wrong with Christmas, and only Gwenpool knows it! Prepare for an unbelievably merry mix-up! Collecting UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #11-15 and material from GWENPOOL HOLIDAY SPECIAL: MERRY MIX-UP.

160 PGS./Rated T+     $19.99

 

SPIDER-MAN 2099 VOL. 6: APOCALYPSE SOON TPB   MAY170968

Written by PETER DAVID

Penciled by WILL SLINEY

Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

Spider-Man 2099 has learned the location of the Fist - the extremist anti-government offshoot of the Hand that put his fiancee in a coma - and he's ready to mount his attack! But it turns out he's not the only one investigating the radical group. Elektra Natchios, Marvel's deadliest assassin, has her own reasons for hunting these terrorists. Can Miguel trust this mysterious newcomer, or is she yet another obstacle in his quest for vengeance? And even if Spidey and Elektra team up, the Fist has upped the ante - calling in an ancient evil to help them bring about the end of the entire world! If that weren't bad enough, how about Electro 2099? Or Man Mountain Marko? How can the future Spider-Man prevent certain doom when Armageddon is written in the cards?

Collects SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) #17-21.    112 PGS./Rated T     $15.99

 

 

DEADPOOL 2099 TPB   MAY170969

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Penciled by SCOTT KOBLISH

Cover by SCOTT KOBLISH

Nothing can prepare you for the Deadpool of the year 2099! Leap decades into the future to discover the legacy of the regenerating degenerate. There's a new Merc, with a new Mouth - but who is she? What could make her want to inherit a codename from Wade Wilson? And are there still chimichangas in 2099? Some or all of these questions may be answered - and new ones will be posed! Find out if there's a Zenpool 2099, catch up with one of Wade's old teammates and choose your side in a battle for the right to be Deadpool in this collection of sci-fi shenanigans from the world of tomorrow!

Collects DEADPOOL (2015) #6, #12, #19 and #25.112 PGS.   $14.99

 

 

SIF: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB   MAY170972

Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK & KATHRYN IMMONEN

Penciled by RYAN STEGMAN, VALERIO SCHITI & PEPE LARRAZ

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

One of Asgard's greatest champions fights her way to true warrior's glory! When her gleaming homeland comes under attack, the sword-wielding Sif leads the battle charge - but her no-holds-barred zeal may be the very thing that brings its walls crashing down! Are the Nine Realms ready for Sifàthe Berserker?! When Sif finds herself on an unsuspecting Earth, with no patience for peace, she starts putting out fires with gasoline! Just ask the Superior Spider-Man! Controlling her rages won't be easy - particularly when a certain hammer-wielding, space-faring ex shows up! Can Sif and Beta Ray Bill get beyond their fiery past and rekindle the flame? Or will a cosmic crisis snuff it out forever? Get to know Sif like never before! Collecting SIF #1 and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (2011) #646-655.

248 PGS./Rated T+ à$29.99

Our back pages: Journey Into Mystery always evokes a little smile over something that happened around 1990: We'd bought a bunch of comics from a local guy for a biggish, kinda scary amount of money. A lot of Silver Age Marvels, including Amazing Fantasy #15, ASM #1, Daredevil # 1-2-3-4-5, Hulk (first series) #1-6, so on and so forth. Significant enough that I took a briefcase full of them to a con in Ottawa where I hoped to find a retailer who was buying, and I did. Pretty good deal, actually. Sold several in Ottawa, and back in Montreal put a dozen or so up on the wall. One day, a local chain store founder comes in, a guy primarily known as a mail-order seller. He once told me he only got into setting up brick & mortar stores to franchise them, and bugged me many times to become one of his. Having figured out the setup cost of one of his stores at around $15,000 (furnishings and inventory), I was a bit leery, considering his buy in price was 45 thou. I'll call him Harry Wiss just to cover my butt.
Anyways, one day Harry comes in, sees a Journey Into Mystery #83 (first appearance of Thor) up on the wall, and asks if he can buy it. Sure thing, and he writes a cheque for $275. Couple of months later he stopped by, and asked if I remembered the J-I-M, then told me he'd sold it for $1,000, showing me the letter from his customer (down in Albany) which read: "Dear Mr.Wiss: Enclosed please find my check for $1,000. Please send me one (1) copy of Journey Into Mystery #83 in strick mint condition."
Astounded, I said "Harry, that thing was in VG/VG+. How did you think you'd get away with passing it off as strict mint? He relied, "He can't even spell the grade he wants. You think he's going to recognize it?"

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HERO VOL. 4 TPB   MAY170973

Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK,

WARREN ELLIS & KELLY THOMPSON

Penciled by DAVID LOPEZ, LAURA BRAGA

& PAOLO PANTALENA

Cover by DAVID LOPEZ

Stellar combat and Secret Wars! Captain Marvel's time as an astronomical Avenger has seen her face off against some of the worst the galaxy has to offer, not least the Haffensye Consortium! They've been tracking Carol and Tic for weeks - and now they've finally caught up! Carol Danvers barely survived the last time she squared off against the Haffensye - is there any chance she could be so lucky again? Then, when the Multiverse ends, there is only Battleworld. And in the domain of Hala Field, the elite Carol Corps are the best of the best, who will take down anyone and everyone who threatens their Captain! Riding with them takes guts, guile and a whole lot of grit - so get ready to aim high, fly, fight and win! Collecting CAPTAIN MARVEL (2014) #12-15 and CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS #1-4.

184 PGS./Rated T+       $19.99

 

 

S.H.I.E.L.D.: HYDRA REBORN TPB   MAY170975

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, ELIOT R. BROWN, BOB SHARP, GREGORY WRIGHT & BARRY DUTTER

Penciled by M.C. WYMAN, GERALD DECAIRE, DON HUDSON, PAUL ABRAMS & JOHN HEEBINK

Cover by JIM CHEUNG & PAUL RENAUD

Director no more, Nick Fury is a plain ol' Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. - but that won't stop him from calling the shots! And there are plenty to be fired, because Baron Strucker has a new vision for Hydraàand S.H.I.E.L.D. As Strucker strikes and Fury faces treachery and betrayal from within his own ranks, he reunites with the Howling Commandos and Captain America - as well as a few faces he never thought he'd see again! And it all builds to a cataclysmic confrontation with Hydra that will usher in a whole new era for S.H.I.E.L.D. - and reveal the group's definitive secret origin! Plus: Nick crosses paths with Luke Cage, investigates a murder and flashes back to the Cold War. But how does a decades-old adventure affect the here and now? Collecting NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (1989) #36-47 and

FURY (1994) #1.  352 PGS./Rated T     $34.99

 

HEROES FOR HIRE BY ABNETT & LANNING: COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB  MAY170976

Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING

Penciled by BRAD WALKER, ROBERT ATKINS, TIM SEELEY, KYLE HOTZ & RENATO ARLEM

Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

"Hello hero, are you for hire?" With those words, Misty Knight enlists streetwise vigilantes to tackle the jobs no other super-team will. When she calls, people listen - including Falcon, Black Widow, Ghost Rider, Silver Sable, Moon Knight and Paladin! But while Misty takes control, the Puppet Master might be pulling strings of his own. Can Iron Fist and Punisher help her uncover the truth? The events of Fear Itself and Spider-Island call for some serious street-level do-gooding; luckily, Misty's little black book is crammed full of costumed contractors like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Satana, Shroud and Daimon Hellstrom! But when the manipulative Purple Man unleashes his Villains for Hire, she'll need a whole new recruitment policy: fight fire with fire! Collecting HEROES FOR HIRE (2011) #1-12, SPIDER-ISLAND: HEROES FOR HIRE and VILLAINS FOR HIRE #0.1 and #1-4.

416 PGS./Rated T+      $34.99

 

WOLVERINE BY DANIEL WAY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2    MAY170977

Written by DANIEL WAY & JEPH LOEB

Penciled by STEVE DILLON, KAARE ANDREWS, SIMONE BIANCHI & JON PROCTOR

Cover by JOE QUESADA

Continuing Daniel Way's blistering run - with a blockbuster assist by Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi! Completely shattered by recent revelations, Wolverine must now ask himself some hard questions: Can he continue on his quest? Should he? Logan finally remembers who he was, but who - and what - is he now? The answers involve Madripoor, Jubilee, old foes Cyber and Omega Red, and the deadly debut of Daken - the son that Wolverine never knew he had! Learn Wolverine's secret history with Black Widow, and gasp as a savage showdown with Sabretooth draws the manipulative mastermind Romulus out of the shadows! Plus: Ask "what if?" tragedy had turned Logan away from the path of the Wolverine - and on to that of an even more punishing vigilante! Collecting WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #6-15 and ANNUAL #1, WOLVERINE (2003) #50-55 and WHAT IF: WOLVERINE.   480 PGS.   $34.99

 

 

PUNISHER: SUICIDE RUN TPB   MAY170978

Written by STEVEN GRANT, CHUCK DIXON, LARRY HAMA & MORE

Penciled by HUGH HAYNES, GARY KWAPISZ, JOHN BUSCEMA, VAL MAYERIK & MORE

Cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN

Frank Castle stars in an explosive epic so big it took three titles to contain it! When the Punisher undertakes his most extravagant hit of all - collapsing an entire skyscraper on a group of crime bosses - he ends up dead himself! Or does he? With a vigilante vacuum on the streets, a host of psychopathic killers lays claim to the Punisher's crown - and iconic chest symbol! Take your pick from the skull-masked Hitman, jaded cop Lynn Michaels, postal worker Desmond Kline, media-savvy author Dean Swaybrick or British Frank-ophile Outlaw! Bullets fly as the pretenders take on criminals and each other, learning the hard way that to step into Castle's shoes is virtual suicide. But amid all the chaos, will the one, true Punisher make his return? Collecting PUNISHER (1987) #85-88, PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL (1987) #61-64 and PUNISHER WAR ZONE (1992) #23-25.   344 PGS      .$34.99

 

PUNISHER MAX: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 6 TPB   MAY170979

Written by JASON AARON, JONATHAN MABERRY, ROB WILLIAMS, VALERIE D'ORAZIO, PETER MILLIGAN,

CHARLIE HUSTON, DAVID LAPHAM, JASON STARR, JASON LATOUR, MEGAN ABBOTT, NATHAN EDMONDSON

& SKOTTIE YOUNG

Penciled by ROLAND BOSCHI, LAURENCE CAMPBELL, JUAN JOSE RYP, SHAWN MARTINBROUGH,

DALIBOR TALAJIC, CONNOR WILLUMSEN, MATTEO BUFFAGNI, FERNANDO BLANCO & MIRKO COLAK

Cover by ESAD RIBIC

Frank Castle's relentless war on crime continues! It's Christmas, and the Punisher is checking off names on his naughty list! Frank gets creative to snuff some snuff filmmakers! In the United Kingdom, he takes on Earth's hardest soldiers, the SAS, and unleashes his war wagon against a biker gang! But when a hitwoman releases a lurid tell-all, will the Punisher be her salvation, temptationàor damnation? Plus: Stories from the murky world that exists in the Punisher's shadow, starring an opportunistic psycho, a frantic father, a mild-mannered accountant and the young son of one of Frank's victims. When the Punisher is involved, there are rarely any happy endings. Collects PUNISHER MAX X-MAS SPL, PUNISHER: NAKED KILL, PUNISHER: GET CASTLE, PUNISHER: BUTTERFLY, PUNISHER: HAPPY ENDING, PUNISHER: HOT RODS OF DEATH, PUNISHER: TINY UGLY WORLD and UNTOLD TALES OF PUNISHER MAX #1-5. 376 PGS.   $39.99

 

NEW AVENGERS BY BENDIS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 7 TPB   MAY170980

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by NEAL ADAMS, MIKE DEODATO JR.,

WILL CONRAD, MICHAEL GAYDOS, CARLOS PACHECO, MICHAEL AVON OEMING & MORE

Cover by MIKE DEODATO JR.

Brian Michael Bendis concludes the epic saga of his New Avengers - and they go out fighting! First, the return of Norman Osborn pits the team against an even deadlier and more dangerous team of Dark Avengers! But even that can't prepare them for a world-rocking war with the X-Men! Will Luke Cage join the battle, or choose to stay with his wife and child? As the situation goes from bad to worse, Iron Fist must seek the secrets of the Phoenix! Three of Earth's Mightiest will be taken captive, but no jail can hold them for long - or can it? And when all looks dark, can the Illuminati succeed where the Avengers failed? Anyone who gets out alive will face an era-ending mystical force too big for even Doctor Strange to handle! Collecting NEW AVENGERS (2010) #16.1 and #17-34.   440 PGS.      $39.99

 

AVENGERS INITIATIVE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2 TPB   MAY170981

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE & DAN SLOTT

Penciled by STEVEN KURTH, HUMBERTO RAMOS, RAFA SANDOVAL, JORGE MOLINA, MAHMUD ASRAR & STEVE UY

Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

In the wake of the Skrull Invasion, the public has lost faith in the Initiative! What a time for Reptil to make his mark on the Marvel Universe! As storm clouds gather, the members of the black-ops Shadow Initiative must abduct one of their own - who has defected to Hydra! But Norman Osborn's Dark Reign changes everything. Where Camp Hammond once trained future Avengers, Camp H.A.M.M.E.R. now trains tomorrow's Dark Avengers! The new principals are Taskmaster and the Hood, and they're registering villains as heroes and spreading Norman's empire across the nation. But those who once made up the Initiative aren't about to let this happen. Hunted by the law, hidden from sight, a Resistance has formed - and its members are out to stop H.A.M.M.E.R. by any means necessary!

Collects AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #20-35, AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE SPECIAL and AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE FEATURING REPTIL.  456 PGS.    $34.99

 

AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION V 22: OPERATION GALACTIC STORM TPB   MAY170982

Volume #22 in the Avengers Epic Collections

Written by BOB HARRAS, ROY THOMAS, DANN THOMAS, MARK GRUENWALD, GERARD JONES, LEN KAMINSKI & TOM DEFALCO

Penciled by STEVE EPTING, DAVE ROSS, GREG CAPULLO, RURIK TYLER, JEFF JOHNSON, STEPHEN JONES,

PAUL RYAN, PAT OLLIFFE & RICHARD LEVINS

Cover by STEVE EPTING

The Kree/Shi'ar War! When two of the galaxy's most ancient and powerful races clash, it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to play cosmic peacekeeper! With Earth in the crossfire, the Avengers are drawn into the conflict - and end up as alien invaders on war-torn worlds of wonder! Assemblers East and West are embroiled in an epic too big for even two Avengers titles - one that will shake the team to its very foundations! Super heroes from three galaxies clash in a war filled with incredible action - including Thor vs. Gladiator of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard - and the Avengers will face repercussions that will haunt them for years! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #345-347, AVENGERS WEST COAST #80-82, QUASAR #32-34, WONDER MAN (1991) #7-9, IRON MAN (1968) #278-279, THOR (1966) #445-446, CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #401 and material from CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #398-400.   488 PGS.   $39.99

 

THOR EPIC COLLECTION V-17: IN MORTAL FLESH TPB   MAY170983

Volume #17 in the Thor Epic Collections

Written by RANDALL FRENZ, TOM DEFALCO, RON FRENZ, ROY THOMAS & MORE  Penciled by RICH YANIZESKY, RON FRENZ, GARY HARTLE, TONY DEZUNIGA, MIKE MIGNOLA, RON LIM, HERB TRIMPE, AL MILGROM & MORE

Cover by RON FRENZ

To spare a life, Thor makes the ultimate sacrifice! With the fate of his friend Eric Masterson in the balance, Thor steps in - and finds himself once again bonded to a mortal form! But which deadly foe will bring about such dire straits? Could it be Quicksand? The maniacal Mongoose? A new Executioner? Or as an untethered Asgard drifts into the Negative Zone, Annihilus? As a new era begins for Thor, another legendary hero returns: Zounds, it's Hercules! It will take the combined might of these godly friends, plus She-Hulk, to face not one but two Dooms! In another heavyweight bout, Thor takes on the Juggernaut - with the New Warriors lending a hand! Plus: The High Evolutionary! Doctor Strange! The Thing! Tales of Asgard! Beta Ray Bill! And Ulik joins the Wrecking Crew! Collecting THOR (1966) #401-418 and ANNUAL #14.488 PGS.   $39.99

 

DEFENDERS EPIC COLLECTION  V-7: ASHES, ASHES TPB   MAY170984

Volume #7 in the Defenders Epic Collections

Written by J.M. DEMATTEIS with DON PERLIN & STEVEN GRANT

Penciled by DON PERLIN with SAL BUSCEMA & AL MILGROM

Cover by BRENT ANDERSON

The Defenders face threats Satanic, Seussian and everything in between! Marvel's greatest non-team will take you on adventures made with their own special brand of action and interpersonal drama, topped by a heaping helping of the absurd! In this Epic Collection, the Defenders battle the cosmic Over-Mind, the alternate-Earth Squadron Supreme, the fan-favorite Elf with a Gun, the Avengers, and even themselves! Patsy Walker's relationship with Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan, will flower, while classic Defenders - Hulk, Namor and the Silver Surfer - will return! Out of it all, the New Defenders - featuring Iceman, Angel, Beast and Moondragon - will rise, and nothing will be the same. Same as it ever was! Collects DEFENDERS (1972) #110-125 and AVENGERS ANNUAL #11. 440 PGS.   $39.99

 

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ACTION LAB

 

 

MIRACULOUS ADVENTURES #1

(W) Bryan Seaton, Nicole D'Andria (A/CA) Brian Hess

The first original illustrated story based on Zag Entertainment's Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. When Adrien outplays a lacrosse player, Hawk Moth akumitizes him. Becoming Replay, he gains the ability to control time around him. Will Ladybug and Cat Noir be fast enough to defeat him? Or will he stop their heroics once and for all?   32pgs, FC    SRP: $3.99

 

 

AMERIKARATE TP VOL 01 (MR)   MAY171003

(W) Brockton McKinney & Various (A/CA) Devin Roth

AmeriKarate is the story of Sam, a war hero who wants to lead a normal life, but is thrust into protecting America from an evil ninja invasion. When he meets a fellow karate fanatic in the form of CIA agent Cynthia W, the chemistry can be cut with a katana! Will they be able to overthrow the megalomaniacal super-ninja, Neon - or will their sparks ignite a karate-fire that'll consume them both?

 Collects #1-4 of the series SC, 128pgs, FC     $14.99

 

 

COUGAR AND CUB TP   MAY171004

The courageous Cougar is Megaville's friskiest superhero, tossing crooks left and right with her loyal sidekick, the cunning Cub. But when a slow night on the prowl leads to a one night stand, their perfect partnership is plunged into peril! Can our delicious duo mend their fractured friendship and defeat Megaville's roster of outrageous supervillains?!? Plus, visit Cougar and Cub in their natural habitat as we take you on a trip through comic book history with five frenzied flashbacks! SC, 160pgs, FC       $14.99

 

 

DOLLFACE TP VOL 01 (MR)   MAY171011

(W) Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton (A/CA) Dan Mendoza

Meet Lila, a 17th-century soul that has been transported into present time and into the body of a life size, ball jointed doll. Created by a couple of MIT students trying to use technology and a 3D printer to create the perfect woman, Lila uses this second chance at life to hunt the witches that killed her.  Collects issues #1-4 of the runaway hit SC, 128pgs, FC    SRP: $14.99

I wish these assholes would stop calling books that sell pipsqueak numbers "runaway hits"runaway hits". It reflrcts poorly on the books themselves.

 

ZOMBIE TRAMP ORIGINS #1 (MR)

(W/A/CA) Dan Mendoza

The impossible to find, long out of print original series, in full color for the first time! Revisit the powerful origin story that launched a modern cult classic as high priced Hollywood call girl, Janey Belle, gets set on her fateful path to become Zombie Tramp! This is a remastered reprinting of the first series that was never before released in single issues to the direct market. Features a new cover by series creator Dan Mendoza, as well as all new Sexy and Gory variants (each with risque variants), plus a "replica" variant (featuring a recreation of the rare first issue cover), and a blank sketch variant! The definitive collector edition! Item SRP: $4.99

 

 

OBLIVION TP (MR)   MAY171041

(W) Tim Seeley (A/CA) Romina Moranelli

A sequel to the acclaimed Full Moon space western that introduced the world to "cowboys and aliens!" The backwater planet Oblivion has fallen on hard times, but everything's about to get harder for Marshall Zack Stone with the arrival of Lyz Azorr, the daughter of notorious outlaw, Red Eye!  (AUG161075)

MATURE THEMES

128pgs, FC  SRP: $11.99

 

 

PUPPET MASTER TP VOL 01 OFFERING (MR)   MAY171042

(W) Shawn Gabborin (A/CA) Michela Da Sacco, Yann Perrelet

Charles Band's long running cult classic horror film series makes its way to the comic page! When a group of friends set out to use the abandoned Bodega Bay Inn as a party spot, they find out first hand that the bizarre local folklore is more truth than fantasy as an army of twisted autonomous Puppets have their way with the trespassing teens! The Puppets are back, and they're out for blood! (STK678580) (JUL150893)

MATURE THEMES

SC, 96pgs, FC     SRP: $9.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ADAPTIVE BOOKS

 

HYPE GN    MAY171043

(W) Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray (A) Javier Pina, Alessio Nocerino (CA) Javier Pina

In this action-packed thriller from the creative team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, a super-hero who can only work for 45 minutes a day learns what it means to be human. The United States military has a secret weapon: an individual who wields the superhuman abilities of immense intellect, speed, power, and strength. The cost? His power only lasts forty-five minutes a day. As Noah Haller works to solve the world's complex problems, he struggles to achieve the emotional balance and understanding that comes naturally to most humans. Scientist Amanda Marr aids him in his journey, but loyalties are tested as a terrorist group threatens the world with a deadly pathogen. (STL048804) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Available only in the United States, Canada, and U.S. Territories.

SC, 7x10, 64pgs, FC     SRP: $12.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++AFTERSHOCK COMICS

 

UNHOLY GRAIL #1

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Mirko Colak

Arthur Pendragon was the king of all Britain. His story is legendary. Merlin. The Lady of the Lake. Excalibur. Camelot. The Knights of the Round Table. But these stories are bright lies painted over the truth. Here is presented the gospel of Arthur's bloody rise to power and his unholy reign. The legend of King Arthur is not the stuff of legends, but the fuel of nightmares.

As Arthur descends into darkness, is there any lingering hope that he still might do something good?

From writer Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool) and artist Mirko Colak (Punisher) comes a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics. (STL048787)

7x10, 32pgs, FC   SRP: $3.99

 

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY

 

 

LAND THAT TIME FORGOT FROM EARTHS CORE #1

(W) Mike Wolfer (A) Gene Magora (CA) Mike Wolfer

Two of Edgar Rice Burroughs' greatest science fiction series meet at last, as the lost continent of Caspak from THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT and PELLUCIDAR, the prehistoric world at the Earth's core, collide in one colossal crossover! Stranded in time on the remote island continent of Caspak, Bowen Tyler, his future granddaughter Abby, the Galu warrior woman See-Ta, and the evil Baron von Schoenvorts and the crew of the German U-33 submarine have had their hands full fighting for survival against the rampaging dinosaurs of Caspak, as well as each other. But they are all about to be thrust into a war of worlds unlike anything ever seen, as the insidious inhabitants of Pellucidar find their way to the surface world, right in the heart of Caspak. The goal of the telepathic, prehistoric Mahars is the total subjugation of Caspak, a land that they seek to claim as their new kingdom, and with an invasion force of giant ants and an army of corpse-like, cannibalistic, subterranean creatures, they just might succeed! Officially licensed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., this is a series that any lover of dinosaurs, science fiction, lost worlds, and high adventure must not miss! The Land That Time Forgot: 32pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

CAVEWOMAN ITS A GIRLS LIFE #1 (MR)

(W/A/CA) Devon Massey

When Cavewoman best friend Carrie Fulton decides that Meriem has spent most of her life fighting tooth and nail to survive in the savage jungle, she vows to make sure Meriem has all of the experiences she missed out on in town. Join Carrie, Meriem, and Mona Lansing as they paint the town red and have the time of their lives. Shopping spree! Slumber party with pizza! Pillow fights! Bar hopping! Flirting! Bikini contest in their Oasis outfits! Look out Marshville, it's Ladies' Day and Night Out and Meriem has some catching up to do!   24pgs, B&W      SRP: $3.99

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ANTARCTIC

 

 

TREMENDOUS TRUMP (ONE SHOT)

(W) Alfred Perez (A) Ben Dunn, Brian Denham

Orange is the new Green! When an ordinary billionaire businessman accidentally suffers a massive overdose of ego-boosting and internet access, he becomes seven news feeds, one thousand tweets of unstoppable political fury: The Tremendous Trump! He's "hyuge", and the angrier he gets, the more bigly he gets, until he's the best, believe us. (STL050207)

32pgs, FC   SRP: $4.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ARCHIE PUBLICATIONS

 

 

ROAD TO RIVERDALE TP VOL 03   MAY171148

(W) Mark Waid & Various (A) Fiona Staples & Various (CA) Francesco Francavilla

Read the stories that inspired the new CW television series! Road to Riverdale Volume 3 features stories from Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie & Me. SC, 136pgs, FC    SRP: $14.99

 

 

ALL NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE YOUR PAL ARCHIE #1

(W) Ty Templeton (A) Dan Parent, Ty Templeton (CA) Dan Parent

Classic-style Archie makes his return in this all-new, all-ages comic from Ty Templeton and Dan Parent!  7x10, 32pgs, FC $3.99

 

ARCHIE CROSSOVER COLLECTION TP   MAY171154

(W) Alex Segura & Various (A) Gisele Lagace & Various (CA) Various

Get ready for this star-studded event as icons from music, film and sports visit Riverdale! You'll be star-struck reading this collection! SC, 7x10, 136pgs, FC     SRP: $14.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ASPEN MLT INC

 

 

LOLA XOXO VOL 2 #1    RES

(W/A/CA) Siya Oum

The best-selling Aspen series from creator Siya Oum returns!

In the epic first volume, the tough-minded Lola learned the brutal reality of the apocalypse within the confines of the ruthless Wasteland Trading Company led by the treacherous Edgar and his posse! However, the true challenge lies ahead, as her desire to be reunited with her lost parents still burns greater than ever! (STL016604)

RES. from Previews Vol. XXVI #7 (JUL161277)  32pgs, FC      $3.99

 

LOLA XOXO WASTELAND MADAM TP VOL 01   MAY171162

Siya Oum's apocalyptic Wasteland grows in this action-packed spinoff mini-series!

She was once a woman with a promising future and the love of her life by her side. But, following the nuclear holocaust that eviscerated the city of Chicago, the "Wasteland Madam" has evolved into a ruthless leader, responsible for protecting a band of survivors from the threat of annihilation. However, that's easier said than done in the Wasteland-where the law of the land is enforced by blood!

Spinning out of Siya Oum's popular Lola XOXO title, this fully collected Wasteland Madam series includes a complete cover gallery and a whole lot more!   SC, 112pgs, FC  SRP: $9.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++AVATAR PRESS INC

 

 

WAR STORIES TP VOL 05 (MR) (C: 0-1-2)   MAY171178

 

(W) Garth Ennis (A/CA) Tomas Aria

The war rumbles on in this fifth collection of Garth Ennis' masterpiece. Included are: the three part "Send A Gunboat", the men of the Royal Navy's gunboat squadrons defend England's coast against Nazi raiders. The little boats are fast, heavily-armed and deadly- and terribly vulnerable. And the enemy is never far away, as the commander of one vessel finds when his German opposite number takes a dangerous interest in him and his crew. Also the four-part "Vampire Squadron. " In the dark days of winter, 1940, a handful of pilots show up at a remote Royal Air Force base in rural England. Some are British, some are Poles, Czechs, French, Australians, Canadians- the orphans of Nazi-occupied Europe and the children of the Empire. No other squadron wants them; they don't even like each other much. Which is unfortunate, because they're about to take to the deadly night skies at the height of the Blitz- Hitler's dreadful aerial onslaught on the cities of Britain.  Collects War Stories #16 - 22 of the ongoing series. SC, 160pgs, FC  $19.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++BLACK MASK COMICS

 

 

KIM AND KIM LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD #1 (MR)

(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A) Eva Cabrera (CA) Tess Fowler, Matt Wilson

The Fighting Kims finally get the bounty of their lives and Kim D reconnectes with an ex-girlfriend, so of course everything immediately goes catastrophically wrong. This high-flying, rad AF tale of exes and woes is the first in a four-part follow-up to 2016's summer favorite. Awesome!    32pgs, FC    SRP: $3.99

 

 

DREGS TP VOL 01 (MR)   MAY171198

(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) Eric Zawadzki

A gentrified city. Its homeless population restricted to six square blocks called The Dregs. When people start disappearing, a drug-addled homeless man obsessed with detective fiction becomes addicted to solving the mystery. Equal parts Raymond Chandler and Don Quixote set in a thriving metropolis that literally cannibalizes the homeless, The Dregs is the first homeless meta noir ever made. Collects issues 1-4.  chaos after the mysterious disappearance of the Pirate Queen Anne Bonnie, and danger lurks over every crest. Join Ariana aboard her stolen magical pirate ship on her quest to become the world's greatest pirate. Along the way she'll make new friends - and enemies - and learn what being a pirate really means. Set sail for adventure in the first 6-issue arc of Anne Bonnie. And when she's through, the Sea will never be the  SC, 7x10, 180pgs, FC   $14.99

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++BOOM! STUDIOS

 

 

GO GO POWER RANGERS #1

(W) Ryan Parrott (A/CA) Dan Mora

The untold, personal story of what happens to Jason, Kim, Trini, Zack, and Billy following in the days after they first became Power Rangers.

Fighting evil is hard, but surviving high school may be even harder-welcome to real life in Angel Grove. (STL049089) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Boom Power Rangers - Not Available in select Asian countries (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong & others).

SC, 32pgs, FC     SRP: $3.99

 

 

SISTERS OF SORROW #1 (MR)

(W) Kurt Sutter (A) Courtney Alameda (CA) Jae Lee

Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC) brings this all-new original tale of revenge and recovery to comics with novelist Courtney Alameda (Shutter) and breakthrough artist Hyeonjin Kim.

By day, Dominique, Greta, Misha, and Sarah run a nonprofit women's shelter. At night, they each don a nun's habit and move through Los Angeles hunting down violent abusers who have escaped justice.

Their increasingly public vigilantism has earned them the nickname Sisters of Sorrow, and has drawn the ire of L.A.'s notorious anti-crime task force.   32pgs, FC    SRP: $3.99

 

 

WAR FOR PLANET OF THE APES #1 (OF 4)

(W) David Walker (A) Jonas Scharf (CA) Mikhail Borulko

San Francisco lies in ruin, as the war for survival between man and ape rests on the shoulders of one solitary soul. Prequel to the upcoming Fox film!   32pgs, FC (1 of 4)      SRP: $3.99

 

 

CLIVE BARKER HELLRAISER OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 (OF 2)  MAY171244

(W) Clive Barker & Various (A) Stephen Thompson & Various (CA) Tim Bradstreet

Clive Barker returns to tell a new chapter in the official continuity-a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobitesà and Pinhead! Over 500 pages, collecting Clive Barker's Hellraiser #1-20 and Hellraiser Annual #1. SC, 528pgs, FC P: $39.99

 

 

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA & ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK TP   MAY171254

(W) Greg Pak (A) Daniel Bayliss (CA) Felipe Massafera

Prepare for the road trip of a lifetime! Jack Burton and Snake Plissken haul the Pork-Chop Express across the dystopian planes of America to stop their worlds from coming to an end in the John Carpenter-sanctioned crossover event that will shake the pillars of heaven and prove once and for all that Snake Plissken lives on. SC, 160pgs, FC   SRP: $19.99

 

 

HERO SQUARED OMNIBUS TP     MAY171255

(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A/CA) Joe Abraham

Milo's just another slacker in our world, but on a parallel universe, he's legendary superhero Captain Valor. When Valor is accidentally transported to our world, he moves in with Milo... but he didn't travel alone. His arch-nemesis Calignous is the alternate reality version of Milo's girlfriend Stephie, and an army of mutated penguins behind her! SC, 464pgs, FC   $39.99

 

KONG OF SKULL ISLAND TP VOL 02   MAY171256

(W) James Asmus (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Nick Robles

After an endless onslaught of horrors plague the tribes, Ewata embarks on a journey to find the source of these attacks and face the god of this island in the authorized origin of Kong. Collects  #5-8. SC, 112pgs, FC      SRP: $16.99

 

 

 

JONESY TP VOL 03    MAY171270

(W) Sam Humphries (A/CA) Caitlin Rose Boyle

Jonesy has moved in with her mom, away from her issues in Plymouth! But she can't run forward...and before she knows it, her problems are gonna catch up! Collects issues #9-12. SC, 112pgs, FC  SRP: $14.99

 

MUNCHKIN TP VOL 06 (OF 6)    MAY171271

(W) Sam Sykes & Various (A) Len Peralta, Ian McGinty (CA) Mike Luckas

Join Spyke and Flower as they go to any lengths to get some loot. This includes (but is not limited to) outsmarting foes, learning kung fu, venturing into wonderland, and battling legendary monsters all in the name of stacking up that gold. Collects issues #17-20.    SC, 112pgs, FC (6 of 6)    SRP: $14.99

 

 

ADVENTURE TIME SUGARY SHORTS TP VOL 03    MAY171281

(W) Zack Smith & Various (A) Brad McGinty & Various (CA) Victoria Maderna

Collecting stories by amazing comic creators from around the world, Sugar Shorts stars all your favorite characters from Fionna the Human to Billy the Hero. This collection contains so much sugary goodness it's almost too sweet to handle. (STL049250) (C: 1-1-2) NOTE: Available only in the United States, Canada, and U.S. Territories.   SC, 7x10, 144pgs, FC      SRP: $19.99

 

AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL TP AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL   MAY171282

(W) Zachary Clemente & Various (A) Andy Hirsch, Kate Leth (CA) Katy Farina

Join Gumball, Darwin, and friends on their wacky side adventures that will delight any fan of The Amazing World of Gumball! Features stories by an eclectic mix of comics' finest established and up-and-coming talents, including Andy Hirsch (The Baker Street Peculiars), Kate Leth (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!), and Anne Szabla (Bird Boy).  Available only in the United States, Canada, and U.S. Territories.  SC, 128pgs, FC      SRP: $14.99

 

REGULAR SHOW TP VOL 09    MAY171283

(W) Ulises Farinas (A) Laura Howell (CA) Philip Murphy

Will Mordecai and Rigby break free of the franchises' grasp, or will they spend their lives dodging straight-to-DVD sharks and explosions?! Collects issues #33-36 of the hit Cartoon Network series. Available only in the United States, Canada, and U.S. Territories.   SC, 7x10, 112pgs, FC    SRP: $14.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++CHAPTERHOUSE COMICS

 

 

AGENTS OF PACT TP VOL 01 FLEURS DE CONFLIT

(W) Kalman Andrasofszky, Blake Northcott (A) Federica Manfredi, Caroline Nolasco (CA) Bella Rachlin

Don't miss this collected edition of Agents of P.A.C.T! With Captain Canuck missing and a new extraterrestrial menace wreaking havoc across Canada, Manon DesChamps, director of P.A.C.T., the paranormal investigation arm of CSIS, must form a strike team of super-agents to step in and contain the disaster. Fan-favourites Kebec and Redcoat join newly-powered Marla Ritchie in this explosive first arc. Can this fledgling team unite and prevent further destruction, or will their competing motivations prove too much for the Agents of PACT? SC, 7x10, 112pgs, FC    $16.99

 

 

SPIRIT LEAVES TP VOL 01  MAY171358

(W/A/CA) Rossi Gifford

The first volume in the Acclaimed Series from Rossi Gifford! Scottish-born Rossi Gifford's debut series has been hailed as"a beautifully rendered surreal adventure" by Ramon Perez, and a "dynamic and involving with a gorgeous color palette" by Dave Gibbons. Freya, an albino deer girl training tobe a shaman, sets off to the mystical forest to find out what is causing an imbalance. Along the journey, she meets a wolf boy looking for the same entity, and they agree to find it together. This volume collects the complete 5-issue series plus extras! Featuring a new Forward from Dave Gibbons   SC, 7x10, 128pgs, FC  SRP: $16.99

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++CINEBOOK

 

LUCKY LUKE TP VOL 65 GHOST HUNT MAY171362

(W) Lo Hartog Van Banda (A/CA) Morris

Lucky Luke is hunting spectres! In the Old West, there's nothing strange about a stagecoach getting robbed. But a stagecoach vanishing without a trace... Hired to protect the next coach and its important passengers, Lucky Luke finds himself teaming up with a particularly irritated Calamity Jane, as something of hers was on the missing vehicle. The two of them soon begin hearing rather unpleasant rumors: whispers that the disappearance was caused by a mysterious ghost!  SC, 8x11, 48pgs, FC   $11.95

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++D. E./DYNAMITE

 

BETTIE PAGE #1

(W) David Avallone (A) Colton Worley (CA) Terry Dodson

She's more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she's sweeter than Honey West. She put the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified. Dynamite, David Avallone and Colton Worley are proud to present The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, in handy comic book form. (STL050519)

32pgs, FC   SRP: $3.99

 

 

CENTIPEDE #1

(W) Max Bemis (A) Eoin Marron (CA) Francesco Francavilla

Based on the classic Atari game!

When a terrifying creature from beyond the stars attacks his planet, Dale's journey begins. But he is not out to save his world. It is already too late for that. As the lone survivor, the only thing he wants is revenge!

Writer Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever, Foolkiller) and artist Eoin Marron (Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original) bring you a tale of survival and vengeance like never seen before. 32pgs, FC    $3.99

 

 

GREEN HORNET 66 MEETS SPIRIT #1 (OF 5)

(W) Fred Van Lente (A) Bob Q (CA) Mike Allred, Laura Allred

Another challenge for THE GREEN HORNET, his aide KATO, and their rolling arsenal, THE BLACK BEAUTY! On police records a wanted criminal, THE GREEN HORNET is really Britt Reid, owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. Reid and Kato have traveled to Central City to participate in the futuristic World's Fair, to get the skinny on the "Newspaper of Tomorrow," a device capable of predicting headlines before events happen! But isn't that a dangerous power for the press to wieldà and say, who's that blue-suited skulker in the shadows?   32pgs, FC (1 of 5) SRP: $3.99

 

 

ASH VS AOD #1

(W) Chad Bowers, Chris Sims (A) Mauro Vargas (CA) Tyler Kirkham

"The name is Ash, but you can call me Mr. Williams!"

Ash found out the hard way that major corporations frown upon the dismemberment of Deadites on company property. Go figure! But a change in career won't stop him from being The Chosen One!

Writers Chad Bowers & Chris Sims and artist Mauro Vargas put Ash Williams exactly where we need him-in the public school system! (STL050381)

32pgs, FC   SRP: $3.99

 

 

JAMES BOND KILL CHAIN #1 (OF 6)

(W) Andy Diggle (A) Luca Casalanguida (CA) Greg Smallwood

When a counterespionage operation in Rotterdam goes catastrophically wrong, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a plot to smash NATO. Someone is assassinating allied agents, and 007 is the next target in the kill chain. Having kept the peace for decades, the old alliance is collapsing, pitting MI6 against its former ally - the CIA! Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents the return of writer Andy Diggle (James Bond: Hammerhead, The Losers, Green Arrow: Year One) and artist Luca Casalanguida (James Bond: Hammerhead) as they plot the return of James Bond's oldest and deadliest foe: SMERSH!   32pgs, FC (1 of 6)     SRP: $3.99

 

 

JUSTICE INC FACES OF JUSTICE #1 (OF 4)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Joe Gentile (A) Alex Shibao (CA) Tom Mandrake

No man is above the law! When the FBI discovers evidence that incriminates Richard Benson in a brutal murder, the Avenger finds himself arrested and subjected to an intense investigation by the Bureau's best agents! Now the Justice, Inc. team must spring into action to save their leader, and discover if there's a sinister plot at play...  or could the Avenger actually be guilty of such a heinous crime? 32pgs, FC (1 of 4)    SRP: $3.99

 

 

SKIN & EARTH #1 (OF 6)

(W/A/CA) Lights

Skin & Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveal a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where corporations rule, this adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery begins here!

Written and drawn by alt-pop phenomenon Lights, Skin & Earth ties directly into her next full length album, released in Fall 2017 on Warner Bros Records. 32pgs, FC (1 of 6)  SRP: $3.99

 

ARMY OF DARKNESS XENA FOREVER AND A DAY TP   MAY171439

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Elliot Fernandez, Diego Galindo (CA) Reilly Brown

Xena, Warrior Princess, has toppled nations through the force of her will. She's captained the most deadly pirate crew ever to sail the seas. She even turned her back on her past, seeking redemption for her darker acts alongside her partner Gabrielle. And yet, despite her propensity for defeating all odds, her thousand-strong army has fallen to an implacable and ancient evil. Her only recourse? To use the dreaded Necronomicon to summon Ash Williams - the wise-ass, butt-kicking, smooth-talkin' demon-killer from the future - for aid! But how can Xena save the world when that chainsaw-wielding knucklehead's every temporal mishap threatens to unravel time itself?

Cult favorite media sensations Army of Darkness and Xena, Warrior Princess collide in a wildly hilarious adventure written by Scott Lobdell (Red Hood and the Outlaws, Uncanny X-Men), with art by Eliot Fernandez and Diego Galindo! SC, 7x10, 144pgs  FC   $19.99

 

 

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA GODS & MONSTERS TP   MAY171440

(W) Karl Kesel (A) Alec Morgan, Dan Schkade (CA) Alec Morgan

The reimagined Battlestar Galactica, beloved by sci-fi fans for its gripping drama and tense action, returns with an all-new tale! Gaius Baltar, the Galactica's resident genius and self-serving narcissist, believes he was chosen by God - and now moves closer to being one himself when he constructs a living Cylon Centurion. Is it his greatest achievement or biggest mistake? Will it hunt down hidden Cylons within the fleet, or join them? Commander Adama, Starbuck, Apollo, and others throughout the fleet debate the merits of having this new  threat among them, with one frightful thought simmering beneath the surface: will the Cylon's history repeat itself? SC, 7x10, 136pgs, FC   $19.99

 

 

FLASH GORDON KINGS CROSS TP   MAY171448

 

(W) Jeff Parker, Jesse Hamm (A) Jesse Hamm, Grace Allison (CA) Roger Langridge

Ming the Merciless wants to claim Earth as the crown jewel of his empire! His latest scheme? Teleporting a continent from his homeworld of Mongo into the Pacific Ocean, thereby unleashing its monstrous beasts into our seas and causing catastrophic tidal waves to devastate our naval defenses! It's up to Flash Gordon, the fearless daredevil who has unraveled the tyrant's previous schemes at every turn, to once again rally his friends in defense of the Earth. Join intrepid reporter Dale Arden, eccentric scientist Dr. Zarkov, Mandrake the Magician, two iterations of The Phantom, Jungle Jim, and the timelost hero Prince Valiant in the wildest adventure on  any world! SC, 7x10, 128pgs, FC  $19.99

 

 

INTERTWINED TP (MR)   MAY171462

(W) Fabrice Sapolsky (A/CA) Fred Pham Chuong

A murder. A mysterious league of protectors operating in the shadows. A legacy to protect. A city to save from filth, corruption and gangs. A girl who has to pose as a man to protect herself and her heritage. A young student lost in a concrete jungle he never chose to... Welcome to the world of Intertwined. It's 1971 and for Juan Jin, life is about to become hell! He didn't ask to be a hero. He didn't ask to go to Chinatown. He only wanted to follow the way of Wing Chun, the Kung Fu style he masters brilliantly... but destiny had other plans for him. Intertwined tells a hero story from an immigrant perspective for the first time.

Give in to Kung Fu Noir with this volume collecting issues #1-6 and loaded with tons of bonuses including: additional pages of art, a never printed before story and exclusive art from some of the best artists in the industry!   SC, 7x10, 160pgs, FC  $19.99

 

 

KISS DEMON TP   MAY171482

(W) Amy Chu, Erik Burnham (A) Eman Cassalos (CA) Kyle Strahm

Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) teams with co-writer Erik Burnham (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters) and artist Eman Cassallos (Vampirella) to explore the secret history of KISS, the world's greatest rock 'n roll sensation, in this mind-blowing prequel to her critically acclaimed "Kiss: The Elder" saga!

Before the underground city of Blackwell, before the cybernetic enforcers known as the Keepers of the Peace, there was the MUSIC. In a small town in Iowa, three young KISS fans - Sam, Milo, and Kimi - meet at a concert and form their own band. When Sam's obsession with KISS, and especially The Demon, takes a new and potentially dangerous twist, what's meant to change their lives might change the fate of the world! SC, 7x10, 104pgs, FC $15.99

 

 

RED SONJA WORLDS AWAY TP VOL 01   MAY171516

(W) Amy Chu (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Nick Bradshaw

The barbarian She-Devil with a Sword faces a whole different world - New York City - in this new adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Kiss) and drawn by Carlos Gomez (The Dresden Files). Somewhere deep underground, strange and powerful demons clad in metal armor attack and roust Red Sonja from a deep magical sleep. Confused and weaponless, she must find a way to defeat these mysterious creatures, escape from her solitary prison, and make her way to the surface to discover where she is, and why the evil Kulan Gath summoned her there! SC, 7x10, 144pgs, FC    $19.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++DEVILS DUE /1FIRST COMICS, LLC

 

 

LORD OF GORE TP   MAY171536

(W) D.B. Stanley (A/CA) Daniel Leister

The Headsman. Medieval executioner. Horror franchise star. Slasher icon. For nearly thirty years, the Headsman has been terrifying moviegoers, and steadily building a body count. He carried the torch, when Freddy, Jason, and Michael faded from the spotlight. For screenwriter Danny Graves, it was a career-making assignment. Little did he know that it would end with a madman in a mask threatening to destroy his life, and murder everyone he's ever loved. From startling new scribe, D.B. Stanley, and horror maestro, Daniel Leister (Hack / Slash vs. Army of Darkness) comes your new, favorite nightmare. SC, 7x10, 112pgs, FC  S   $18.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++DIAL BOOKS

 

 

COSMIC COMMANDOS GN VOL 01    MAY171537

(W/A/CA) Chris Eliopoulos

In this graphic novel adventure from the illustrator of the Ordinary People Change the World series, a pair of different-as-can-be twin brothers accidentally bring their favorite video game to life - and now they have to find a way to work together to defeat it. Jeremy and Justin are twins, but they couldn't be any more different from one another. Jeremy is a risk-taker who likes to get his hands dirty, and Justin prefers to read, focus, and get all his facts right before jumping in. But they do have one important thing in common: they both love video games. When Jeremy wins a cereal-box charm that brings his favorite video game to life, villains and all, he finds that he's in waaaay over his head. Justin knows everything there is to know about the rules of the game - he read the handbook, of course - and Jeremy isn't afraid to try new things. Can these two mismatched brothers work together to beat the video game that has become their life? SC, 6x9, 192pgs, FC     SRP: $13.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION

 

 

RETURN OF THE PRINCE GN    MAY171538

(W/A/CA) Junko

At his sister's wedding, Satake Kou is reunited with his cousin Fumihiro, who used to be dumb and fat as a child. Now that Fumihiro has transformed into a charismatic prince, Kou is undeniably self-conscious, but has no idea of Fumihiro's high regard toward him since they were little. Fumihiro's admiration has turned into something entirely different now. How will Kou respond to Fumihiro's feelings? Adachi has been friends with Ritsu since they were children. Suddenly, Ritsu starts acting completely different, and the reason for that change seems to be Ritsu's new sempai, a troublesome guy. Adachi slowly realizes that he feels more than just friendship towards Ritsu... but is it too late? (STL048800) (C: 1-1-2) NOTE: Not available in Japan.

MATURE THEMES

SC, 6x8, 200pgs, B&W    SRP: $12.95

 

 

NO PANTIES NO PROBLEM GN VOL 01 (MR) (C: 1-1-2)   MAY171539

The romantic comedy's story begins when the pretty, mild-mannered student council president announces a new dress code regulation, "underwear are banned." (STL048803) (C: 1-1-2) NOTE: Not available in Japan.   SC, 6x8, 200pgs, B&W  SRP: $12.95

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

 

 

GIL JORDAN TEN THOUSAND YEARS HELL HC (C: 0-1-2)   MAY171601

(W/A/CA) Maurice Tillieux

Ten Thousand Years in Hell marks a sharp departure from the moody, urban detective style of Fantagraphics's previous Gil Jordan graphic novel by Tillieux, Murder By High Tide. Instead, the title story is a rollicking prison-escape yarn set in South America. The second story, "Boom and Bust," features one of Tillieux's patented spectacular car crashes. Tillieux's masterful graphics remind the reader why he was considered one of the top Franco-Belgian cartoonists of his time and, indeed, of any time. RES. from Previews Vol. XXII #12 (DEC121114)

HC, 8x11, 96pgs, FC     SRP: $19.99

Resolicited FIVE YEARS LATER? Who does this Maurice Tillieux character think he is- Neal Adams?
Come to think of it, when Adams shipped his Crazyman #2 five years late, he didn't bother resoliciting, just shipped on the original orders. They're non-cancellable, you know.
It wasn't too long after that when Neal found out that while distributors and retailers were contractually obligated to take his long overdue crap, they were under no pressure whatsoever to order it in the first place, and (as the story went), he was relegated back to drawing commercial work like the ubiquitous chef on pizza boxes.

Whoops, sorry. Turns out the Gil "Jordan" stuff was all published back in the late 1950's- early 60's, so Tillieux can't really be blamed for its lateness, especially considering he became "late" himself in a car crash on the way back from Angeloume in 1978.
Mea culpa.

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++GEMSTONE PUBLISHING

 

BIG BIG OVERSTREET PRICE GD VOL 47   MAY171625

 

(W) Richard M. Overstreet (CA) Billy Tucci

Artist Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion) indulges his humorous side with the first-ever Overstreet cover featuring The Tick! Created for comic book dealers, serious collectors and historians, The Big, Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide is an oversized, spiral-bound limited edition of the Overstreet Guide which only includes the pricing sections and the lists of top comics. In other words - it has no ads and no articles - just copious amounts of pricing and other pertinent data. Since 1970, the Guide has been the "Bible" of comic book collecting enthusiasts!    SC, 8x11, 800pgs, B&W SRP: $47.50

In price guides, which by the very nature of print versus technology, are outdated by the time they hit the printing press (let alone our shelves), accuracy is till important. At least getting a fair idea of prices (on a give-or-take basis) is helpful. Getting the name of the author is, on the other hand, of no concern. Thus we have "Richard" Overstreet writing this one, while Robert Overstreet did the other 46...
Which brings us to Bob Shields, who was part of the crew here from 1990 to 1993 or so: One of those years, for a couple of weeks, Bob was getting regular calls from Overstreet himself, asking about the collectability of baseball card pack wrappers. Not the cards themselves, just the wrappers. I presume this was Overstreet feeling out a new project, one that ultimately started and finished in the same place- nowhere, and that someone had given him Bob's name as an ephemera expert up there in Montreal. Bob was indeed knowledgeable about a multitude of things, especially random collectibles. So for a brief moment we were almost official Guide advisors, kinda sorta.

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++GRAPHIC INDIA PTE. LTD

 

GRANT MORRISONS 18 DAYS TP VOL 04 RISING SON   MAY171638

From legendary creator Grant Morrison (Avatarex, All Star Superman, Batman & Robin, The Invisibles) comes the fourth volume in his epic creation, 18 Days! The battlefield grows deadlier as we explore how the war has affected the next generation through the eyes of Arjuna's son, Abhimanyu. Follow the young warrior's epic adventure as he learns about the consequences of war while being hunted by Emperor Duryodhana's deadliest assassins! SC, 7x10, 156pgs, FC SRP: $14.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++HERMES PRESS

 

PHANTOM PRESIDENT KENNEDYS MISSION #1

(W) Ron Goulart (A) Sean Joyce, Malena Molina (CA) Scott Brooks

The year is 1962, and the Phantom returns in a new adventure! There's a possible world war with Russia looming on the horizon, and newly minted President John F.Kennedy calls upon his old friend Kit Walker for help! In this all-new Phantastic adventure, veteran Phantom script writer Ron Goulart returns with artist Sean Joyce, a new comer to the Phantom and to comic books, but no newcomer to the art world! This five book story arc (each issue to be released every month and a half) has something for every Phan - history with JFK, Russian femme fatales, espionage, lost U.S. astronauts on a secret mission, Singh pirates, and, of course The Phantom, Diana, and Devil! Journey back to the swingin' 1960s with The Phantom!    7x10, 32pgs, FC   SRP: $3.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++KEENSPOT

 

IMMORTAL #1

(W) Rob Potchak (A/CA) Owen Gieni

From Rat Queens artist Owen Gieni and Immortal creator/writer Rob Potchak comes an epic sci-fi/fantasy series more than two decades in the making! When you're seven-hundred years old, you think you've seen everything. This is the case for the immortal Elisa, once a 16th-century noblewoman who partied with Nostradamus. Now her everlasting life marches on in present day 1997, where she's a sword-swinging adventurer who moonlights as a librarian, and she's about to discover that there are always new things to discover!

   32pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++LION FORGE

 

 

CATALYST PRIME SUPERB #1

(W) David Walker, Sheena C. Howard (A) Ray-Anthony Height & Various (CA) Ray-Anthony Height

Teenager Kayla Tate is forced to move back to her hometown Youngstown, Ohio, an "Event" designated Level 5 impact zone. Compared to her new life, returning to Youngstown is a step backwards. She has a strained relationship with her childhood friend, Jonah Watkins, school is a nightmare, and everyone is talking about the mysterious superhero and Internet sensation, "Cosmosis", and his nighttime battles.  32pgs, FC $3.99

 

 

CLOUDIA & REX #1 (OF 3)

(W) Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas (A/CA) Daniel Irizarri

A lushly rendered supernatural fantasy that follows two girls and their mother who find themselves in the middle of a vast, supernatural exodus. On their journey Cloudia is bestowed the powers of hundreds of different gods, but even those don't help her come to terms with the death of her father. (STL049564)

28pgs, FC (1 of 3)      SRP: $3.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ONI PRESS INC.

 

RICK & MORTY POCKET LIKE YOU STOLE IT #1 (OF 5)

(W) Tini Howard (A/CA) Marc Ellerby, Katy Farina

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It is a new comic book miniseries based on the popular Adult Swim television series and inspired by the Pocket Mortys mobile game! In this five issue series, Morty is on a quest to free himself (and all the other Mortys) from the clutches of Ricks, who collect Mortys and force them to battle one another for schmeckles and glory. Along the way, he'll discover the grisly history of Morty battling, the dastardly lengths that Ricks are willing to stoop to in order to win, and perhaps- the strength in himself that's needed to free the Mortys once and for all?    32pgs, FC (1 of 5) SRP: $3.99

 

KAIJUMAX SEASON 3 #1

(W/A/CA) Zander Cannon

New Season! New jumping-on point! Ah, KAIJUMAX Prison... that cesspool of corruption in the South Pacific! Tensions among the city-destroying convicts have eased after a month-long lockdown and Electrogor's capture, and now the kaiju gangs have begun vying for power again, all-out-attacking their rivals, trading addictive smog and dioxin, and abusing weaker inmates. The Creature from Devil's Creek, after a long time as the low mon in the Cryptid hierarchy, stumbles upon some information that makes him think it doesn't have to be like this. Also: Mind-controlled murders! Pre-smartphone navigation fails! And some VERY old timey religion? 32pgs, FC    SRP: $3.99

 

INVADER ZIM TP VOL 04   MAY171724

(W) Eric Trueheart & Various (A) Warren Wucinich & Various (CA) Warren Wucinich

ZIM has plans to take over planet Earth. Schemes! Designs! Machinations! Uh... other words that mean "plans"! And in this volume of the critically acclaimed comic series, these "plans" are plentiful, horrifying, and only half as terrible as usual! From taking over a local restaurant to proving to Dib that he's the master of fear, ZIM will rule the world, one way or another! Or not at all. Or only on Tuesdays? SC, 128pgs, FC    $19.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++PAPERCUTZ

 

GUMBY #1   MAY171732

(W) Ray Fawkes, Kyle Baker (A) Jolyon Yates & Various (CA) Rick Geary

Gumby, Pokey and the gang are back with new adventures for the first time in over ten years! Newly reimagined stories bring the magic of the classic clay boy to a new generation. First, moon creatures invade the toy store where Gumby lives! Gumby and his friends must muster up the courage to contain these foes. Also featuring more stories of the flexible green gumbino told by top storytellers like Ray Fawkes and Kyle Baker! 32pgs, FC  SRP: $3.99

 

HARDY BOYS ADVENTURES GN VOL 03   MAY171733

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Paulo Henrique Marcondes, Tim Smith

Four exciting adventures take the Hardy Boys across the globe to solve dangerous mysteries! The fate of the world lies in the library? It does when Frank and Joe need to provide security for the children of visiting delegates. What lengths will someone go to make the most explosive radio show of all? Tune in! What happens when the Hardy Boys are split up? Danger looms. And, what is Amelia Earhart doing flying around? The Hardy Boys are on the case! SC, 5x8, 384pgs, FC SRP: $15.99

 

 

MY FIRST SMURFS TP VOL 01   MAY171736

(W/A) Peyo

A special "My First..." edition of the Smurfs story that started it all. When a strange purple fly bites one of the Smurfs, a full-on purple epidemic develops in the Smurf village! After being bit, a Smurf turns purple, all he can say is "GNAP!" and he goes berserk! The purple Smurf runs amok through the Smurf Village biting other Smurfs on their tails, causing them to turn purple and act crazy too! Soon there are more purple Smurfs than blue Smurfs in the village. It's up to Papa Smurf to find a cure! Plus two other classic Smurfs stories. Papercutz "My First ..." editions are specially priced to make it easy to try out some of our most popular series. Get a complete graphic novel for the price of a comic book and discover the world of the Smurfs!

SC, 7x9, 64pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

ONLY LIVING BOY GN VOL 05 TO SAVE A SHATTERED WORLD MAY171738

(W) David Gallaher (A/CA) Steve Ellis

Desperate to stop the Dreaded Lord Baalikar from stealing the transformative powers of the Chrysalis, young Erik Farrell assembles the endangered tribes of his new homeworld to liberate the Hive City. Enemies become allies as Morgan and Phaedrus stage a dangerous rescue, while Princess Thea makes a decision that will forever alter the fate of the Patchwork Planet.

David Gallaher and Steve Ellis bring their best-selling series to a dramatic close in this startling finale of The Only Living Boy. SC, 72pgs, FC     SRP: $8.99

 

SISTERS GN VOL 03 HONESTLY I LOVE MY SISTER   MAY171746

(W) Cazenove (A/CA) William Maury

Being a little sister is a full time job for Maureen! One minute she is playing pranks, teasing, and pestering her sister, Wendy, as a good little sister should. The next minute, she is consoling the inconsolable, attempting to mend Wendy's broken heart. Moments like these will resonate with sisters of all ages! Available in softcover and hardcover editions. SC, 7x9, 96pgs, FC  SRP: $9.99

 

ZODIAC LEGACY GN VOL 03 AGE OF BRONZE   MAY171748

(W) Stan Lee, Stuart Moore (A/CA) Paulo Henrique Marcondes

It's a heavy-metal battle when Maxwell-head of the Vanguard organization with the evil powers of Zodiac-sends an army of robots against Steven Lee, the teenaged Tiger, and his team. Using their new and mysterious powers of the ancient Zodiac, Steven and his teammates must work together like never before to defeat the robot invaders!SC, 6x9, 64pgs, FC SRP: $7.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++RED 5 COMICS

 

 

AFTER EDEN #1 (OF 4)

(W) Scott Chitwood (A/CA) Rod Thornton

They are alone on an uninhabited planet with no survival skills. Supernatural forces torment their every move. Their relationship has been destroyed. They are Adam and Eve, and the fate of the human race not only depends on them surviving, but falling in love again! 32pgs, FC (1 of 4)   SRP: $3.95

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++SCOUT COMICS

 

 

HEAVENLY BLUES #1

(W) Ben Kahn (A/CA) Bruno Hidalgo

People live. People die. The "good" are pleasantly escorted off to Heaven; while the rest unceremoniously rots in Hell. Hell - a world where torture isn't retribution, it's just hazing. Isaiah Jefferson fancied himself a dashing rogue; the greatest thief of the Great Depression, but a cruel betrayal left him dead in the dirt. Erin Foley was a scared grifter desperate not to be another child fed to the violent maw of the Salem Witch Trials. When they're given the chance to leave Hell and spit in the face of judgment, can they face their demons and become the master thieves they were meant to be? Heavenly Blues reunites the team behind Shaman to deliver a mystical heist mash-up from beyond the grave. 32pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++SEVEN SEAS

 

 

ABSOLUTE DUO GN VOL 01   MAY171776

(W) Takumi Hiiragiboshi (A/CA) Shinichirou Nariie

Tor Kokonoe has entered a prestigious high school dedicated to training its students to wield Blaze - individualized weapons that a student manifests. The future of a student is often shaped by the form their weapon takes, and when Tor's appears as a shield, suddenly he's the odd man out. But that's when the Duo system comes in, a program where students are paired up. Teamed up with a silver-haired girl named Julie Sigtuna  {{and let's not forget her best friend- Jackie Healthysalmon}}, Tor's adventures at Koryo Academy are just beginning! SC, 180pgs, B&W    $12.99

 

 

AKASHIC RECORDS OF BASTARD MAGICAL INSTRUCTOR GN VOL 01 MAY171777

(W) Tarou Hitsuji (A/CA) Aosa Tsunemi

Taking place in a fantastical realm of magic and mythology, Akashic Records of the Bastard Magical Instructor follows a young girl named Sisti as she trains to become a powerful magic user against all educational odds. Sisti is a young magic-user in training who attends prestigious magical academy where she hopes to be trained by the best of the best. However, when her instructor suddenly retires, his replacement is anything but what Sisti had hoped for - lazy, incompetent, and always late! Can Sisti still learn magic and unravel the mystery of Sky Castle with such a terrible teacher to lead her? SC, 180pgs, B&W $12.99

 

 

DONT MEDDLE WITH MY DAUGHTER GN VOL 01 (OF 3) MAY171783

(W/A/CA) Nozomu Tamaki

From the creator of Dance in the Vampire Bund comes a sexy spin on the superhero genre! Don't Meddle with my Daughter is the newest series from creator Nozomu Tamaki. Featuring a cape-crusading, mother-daughter super hero duo, known as The Eighth Wonder, this series is a superhero spoof that readers won't want to miss. When her daughter makes her debut as a superhero, Athena must leave the comforts of retirement and return to fighting crime so she can keep her daughter safe. Are the combined skills of these superpowered women enough to combat what the world has in store for them?   SC, 5x7, 192pgs, B&W (1 of 3)    $12.99

 

 

NIRVANA GN VOL 01  MAY171785

(W) ZOWLS (A/CA) Sayuki

Faith and heroism will take on fate in this brand new action fantasy series! Hitose Yachiyo has always striven to be helpful, volunteering and sacrificing her time and energy in respect of her late Mother's memory. When the opportunity arises to travel overseas as a relief volunteer, Hitose is quick to accept. But when her plane crashes, she suddenly awakens to find herself in a strange world of magic and mysticism. In a realm where reincarnations and fate dictate the lives of those with in it, Hitose must discover how to get home, and why a mysterious keepsake from her Mother may be more important than she ever imagined.    SC, 6x9, 180pgs, B&W      SRP: $12.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++SPACE GOAT PUBLISHING

 

 

HOWLING #1

(W) Micky Neilson (A) Jason Johnson (CA) Yvel Guichet, Carlos Eduardo

The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen #1 picks up where the cult-classic 1981 film left off: Three weeks have passed since Chris Halloran revealed on national TV that werewolves walk among us. No one believed him. Now Marsha Quist has returned for revenge - and now there is no colony to hold back her blood lust. For fans of Evil Dead 2, The Walking Dead, and Silver Bullet. 32pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

REVENGE OF EVIL DEAD 2 TP   MAY171799

(W) Ian Edington & Various (A) Kevin West & Various (CA) Vincenzo Riccardi

Evil Dead 2's 30th Anniversary! The complete collection of all seven issues of the Revenge of Evil Dead 2 series, containing Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Hitler, Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Dracula, Evil Dead 2: Revenge of the Martians, Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Jack the Ripper, Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus, and Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Evil Ed Parts 1 and 2! 140pgs, FC      SRP: $22.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++STORM KING PRODUCTIONS

 

TALES OF SCI FI VAULT #1 (OF 3)

(W) John Carpenter & Various (A) Andres Esparza (CA) Nick Percival

The first story of John Carpenter's monthly anthology series Tales of Science Fiction. When the moon-bound crew of Gaia stumbles across an enormous alien vessel, more technologically advanced than their own, priorities change. The mystery deepens when the crew discovers the name of the vessel along the hull written in English: "Vault." 28pgs, FC (1 of 3)      SRP: $3.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++TITAN COMICS

 

 

ROBOTECH #1

(W) Brian Wood (A) Marco Turini (CA) Stanley Lau

Harmony Gold's cult '80s television series Robotech returns or all-new adventures!

Comic written by Brian Wood (DMZ, Briggs Land, Northlanders) and illustrated by Marco turini!

TV episodes now available on Crackle, Amazon Prime & Netflix!

Live-action film being developed by Sony Pictures!

Comic features classic characters Rick, Lisa, Minmei, Roy, Claudia, and Gloval!

New comic series will delight original fans and newcomers alike!

With annual conventions, over 200,000 fans on Facebook,

New toys and merchandise, Robotech fans are passionate supporters of this amazing cult franchise!    32pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

 

DOCTOR WHO SUPREMACY O/T CYBERMEN TP   MAY171825

(W) George Mann, Cavan Scott (A) Alessandro Vitti

For the Cybermen's 50th Anniversary...YOU WILL BE DELETED!

Exiled from Gallifrey at the very end of Time, Rassilon, fallen leader of the Time Lords, has been captured by the last of the Cybermen. Now the Cybermen have access to time travel. With it, every defeat is now a victory. Every foe is now dead -- or Cyberised.    SC, 7x10, 120pgs, FC  SRP: $16.99

 

TORCHWOOD CLASSICS TP VOL 02   MAY171827

(W) Nick Abadzis & Various (A) Paul Grist & Various

Captain Jack Harkness and the rest of the Torchwood team face a series of strange and terrifying cases that test their abilities!

Includes previously uncollected web-comics! 104pgs, FC          $16.99

 

 

SHERLOCK BLIND BANKER TP   MAY171828

(W) Stephen Thompson (A) Jay

Collection of the brilliant manga adaptation of the fanatically followed tv show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit). SC, 7x10, 112pgs, FC     $12.99

 

WARHAMMER 40000 TP VOL 02 REVELATIONS   MAY171853

(W) George Mann (A) Tazio Bettin, Enrica Eren Angiolini

By superstar writer George Mann (Warhammer 40,000 novels; Dark Souls), with art by Tazio Bettin! SC, 7x10, FC  SRP: $16.99

 

 

ASSASSINS CREED REFLECTIONS TP VOL 01   MAY171868

(W) Ian Edginton (A) Valeria Favoccia (CA) Sunsetagain

Mini-series written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Valeria Favoccia! Featuring fan-favorite Assassin's Creed game characters Alta_r, Ezio Auditore, Edward Kenway, Connor, and more!

SC, 7x10, 112pgs, FC    SRP: $16.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING

 

 

KIRBY 100 HC LTD ED   MAY171933

LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER! The party starts here! TwoMorrows and the Jack Kirby Collector magazine celebrate Jack Kirby's 100th birthday in style with the release of KIRBY100, a full-color visual holiday for the King of comics! It features an all-star line-up of 100 comics pros who critique key images from Kirby's 50-year career, admiring his page layouts, dramatics, and storytelling skills, and lovingly reminiscing about their favorite characters and stories. Featured are Bruce Timm, Alex Ross, Walter Simonson, John Byrne, Alan Davis, Joe Sinnott, Steve Rude, Adam Hughes, Wendy Pini, John Romita Sr., Dave Gibbons, P. Craig Russell, and dozens more of the top names in comics. Their essays serve to honor Jack's place in comics history, and prove (as if there's any doubt) that Kirby is King! This double-length book is edited by John Morrow and Jon B. Cooke, with a Kirby cover inked by Mike Royer. DELUXE LIMITED HARDCOVER EDITION includes 16 pages of Kirby's 1960s Deities concept drawings, not found in the softcover edition. HC, 8x11, 240pgs, FC   $45.95

KIRBY 100 SC   MAY171932

SC, 8x11, 224pgs, FC    SRP: $34.95

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1

(W) Jody Houser (A) Stephen Segovia, Barry Kitson (CA) Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

A SPECTACULAR SUMMER EVENT! This summer, every second counts when acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One), explosive artist Stephen Segovia (Ninjak, Action Comics), comics legend Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four), and special surprise guests push Faith into a centuries-spanning fight for existence alongside the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universeàpast, present, and future!

Faith "Zephyr" Herbert - former member of Unity, current Harbinger Renegade, and Los Angeles' #1 superhero - is the universe's last, best chance at survival! Centuries from today, a devious artificial intelligence has unleashed a blistering attack on the very foundations of time àone that is unwriting history from beginning to end! Now, with her options exhausted, Neela Sethi, Timewalker - the self-appointed protector of what is and will be - has returned to the 21st century to recruit Earth's greatest champions of today and tomorrow to oppose this existential threatàand she needs Faith to lead them! But why Faith? And why now?

This July, fly to the farthest edges of the future in a death-defying race to save time itself as Faith leads the charge alongside Valiant's greatest heroesàand becomes a new legend for the ages!    32pgs, FC    SRP: $3.99

 

 

BLOODSHOTS DAY OFF #1

(W) Eliot Rahal (A) Khari Evans (CA) Kano

Even killing machines need a day off!

For the first time in over 30 years, two nanite-enhanced soldiers once controlled Project Rising Spirit - codenames: "Tank Man" and "Viet Man" - have finally earned their freedom and some government-sanctioned downtime, courtesy of Uncle Sam. After enduring a lifetime of war, blood, and fore, all these two semi-retired commandos want is a little vacation. But how long can this pair of highly trained tourists unwind and enjoy the sights of New York City... before they find trouble in the city that never sleeps?

Leave the selfie stick at home as rising star Eliot Rahal (Divinity III: Escape from Gulag 396, The Doorman) and Harvey Awardnominated artist Khari Evans (Harbinger, Harley Quinn) give these old soldiers the danger-filled day off they deserveàand celebrate Bloodshot's silver anniversary with an action-packed tribute to the original BLOODSHOT #12! (STL049422)

32pgs, FC   SRP: $3.99

 

MAY171976

RAPTURE #3

(W) Matt Kindt (A) CAFU (CA) Mico Suayan

Beware the lords of the Deadside!

Ninjak and Shadowman have launched an all-out assault against Babel - the ancient being determined to breach heaven - on the dark and decaying battlefields of the Deadside. But are the combined might of sword and shadow enough to stop this biblical force of nature...or will they need the help of an ancient and weary warrior whose power transcends their understanding? And as oblivion inches ever closer to Earth, Tama the Geomancer and Punk Mambo must step out of the darkness and halt Babel's forces from infiltrating the land of the living as Valiant's Shadowman-driven standalone event fight on!    32pgs, FC  SRP: $3.99

 

NINJAK TP VOL 06 THE SEVEN BLADES OF MASTER DARQUE   MAY171987

 

(W) Matt Kindt (A) Stephen Segovia, Marc Laming (CA) Ryan Bodenheim

Darque destinies!

Master Darque - the sadistic lord of death and resurrection - yearns to be free once again, but first he must fight for his life. Darque is a target, his powers are weak, and his enemies know it. Now, Darque's own former pupil and Ninjak's ruthless arch-nemesis - the lethal assassin known as Roku - has gathered the Shadow Seven together again for the sole purpose of putting Darque down for good. And the only thing holding their uneasy alliance together is a mysterious benefactor from the shadows... someone who also goes by the name Darque...Everything has led to this... Out of the ashes of BOOK OF DEATH, Ninjak and Master Darque will collide in a punishing circle of death, destruction and hellfire!

Join New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity III: Stalinverse) and blistering artists Marc Laming (Planet Hulk) and Stephen Segovia (Unity) here for a steel- hardened jumping-on point that will leave Valiant's seven-time Harvey Award-nominated series forever scarred! SC, 160pgs, B&W      SRP: $19.99

 

GENERATION ZERO TP VOL 02 HEROSCAPE   MAY171988

(W) Fred Van Lente (A) Diego Bernard, Javier Pulido (CA) Juan Jose Ryp

Zeros to heroes!

Generation Zero managed to survive their first mission, and now duty has called on them to venture deep inside a perilous dimension only known as the Heroscape to see the world through a new set of eyes! They'll discover their friends' biggest secrets, their enemies' darkest fears, and their town's sinister connection to this imagination-fueled reality. But just because the Heroscape is imaginary, doesn't mean it can't kill you... And, from anime-inflected zombie hordes to psychedelic sci-fi warriors, all of Rook, Michigan's most deeply buried fantasies are about to come roaring out of your daydreams!

Dream big because New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (Ivar, Timewalker) and acclaimed artists Javier Pulido (Daredevil) and Diego Bernard (X-O Manowar) are gearing up to send Valiant's temperamental teenage time-bombs blasting out of the suburbs and into their most grisly adventure yet! (STL045450)

SC, 112pgs, FC    SRP: $14.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++VAULT COMICS

 

 

ALIEN BOUNTY HUNTER #1 (OF 5)

(W) Adrian Wassel, David M. Booher (A/CA) Nick Robles

Ben Madsen is a bounty hunter from Arcadia. Yeah, he knows how that sounds, but the job has its perks. He's got time to take care of his aunt, a community that loves him, and the transition from USMS made sense. Following a newsworthy takedown, Madsen is offered a bail he can't ignore. It's attached to a ridiculously dangerous-sounding fugitive, but aren't they always? Unfortunately for Madsen, his mark is not from Arcadia, and the city he'll be tracking him throughà well, nobody knows it exists. Penned by award-winning writer Adrian Wassel (The Gifted) & David M. Booher (Powerless) with art by Nick Robles (Clockwork Angels), Vault Comics brings you an original sci-fi franchise, produced by Mark Wahlberg and created by Stephen Levinson.

28pgs, FC (1 of 5)      SRP: $3.99

 

 

ZOJAQAN #1

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Nathan Gooden, Vittorio Astone (CA) Nathan Gooden

Grieving mother Shannon Kind awakens on a primordial world, mysteriously wielding the power to shape its destiny. Will she be this world's savior - or its destroyer? From New York Times-bestsellers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Batman & Robin Eternal, Joyride) and Nathan Gooden (Powerless) comes a fantasy epic that's equal parts Red Sonja, Dune, and Slaughterhouse Five. Can you survive ZOJAQAN? 44pgs, FC      SRP: $3.99

 

 

HEATHEN TP VOL 01   MAY171994

(W/A/CA) Natasha Alterici

From critically acclaimed creator Natasha Alterici (Gotham Academy) comes an Nordic fantasy adventure that defies conventions and expectations. Aydis is a viking, a warrior, an outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin. Collects the first four issues! SC, 112pgs, FC    $15.99

 

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++VERTICAL COMICS

 

 

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM WING GN VOL 01 MAY171996

(W) Katsuyuki Sumizawa (A) Tomofumi Ogasawara, Yoshiyuki Tomino

One of the biggest anime/manga properties of all time returns with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. "The Glory of Losers" retells the original WING story by incorporating elements of the anime and its recent light novel adaptations. Following the actions of five fighters and their mobile suits (large robots made for destruction), Gundam Wing is a heavily political, dramatic action work that is centered around a war between Earth and its surrounding colonies. SC, 6x9, 220pgs, PC    $12.95

 

There are still a handful of folks shopping here who were around back in the early 1990's who would remember Bob Shields. We know there are, because every once in a while someone asks if we're in touch. Well, we were. Although he left in 1993, when he and I were at loggerheads once too often and he decided to call it a day, we'd run into each other from time to time. It was nice to get our relationship back to a personal (if more distant) level, without the differences in business philosophy in the way. About five or six years ago we were shocked when he told us he'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but had come through surgery for it just fine. Then, just a few weeks ago, Bob's daughter Pam stopped by to let us know he'd succumbed to thyroid cancer March 26. In accordance with Bob's wishes, there was no regular funeral, but Pam is planning a memorial. If any of you remember him, and want to attend the memorial, please drop us an e-mail, and as soon as Pam tells us, we'll let you know when and where it will be.

About that picture: It's a caricature of Bob back in the day, done by a fellow named Randy Duncan, who did a fair amount of "sports editorial" cartoons for the Gazette and several other Canadian newspapers. Randy used to hang out here a bit, and Bob sort of "commissioned a drawing of a few of us squeezing money out of some poor kid. While Bob "cartooned" quite nicely, in any actual photo of him I've ever seen he looked like he hadn't slept for about eight days... Still, in person, Bob very rarely looked even the least bit tired- he was always engaged, witty, and at least seemingly conversant with just about any topic one of his many many aquaintances (or even random strangers) wanted to chat about.
And an odd assortment of people they were too, from "Reverend Godzilla", a local member of the Church of the Subgenius, who once had Bob convinced that JR "Bob" Dobbs, prophet of the church was actually based on him, to an assortment of sports figures (mostly from the Habs and Expos), with a bunch of radio, television, and music industry types thrown in.
More than a few of them were quite nonplussed when asked to sign one of Bob's collection of Rick Zombo hockey cards. Nobody ever knew why Bob had this Zombo fixation, but we used to keep a few of them handy just in case a celebrity happened to wander in. Last I remember, he had a couple of dozen of them, none signed by Rick Zombo himself.
Heh. Just thought of this: Bob hated mayonnaise. My son Daniel loved to torment him simply by saying, "Mr.Bob? Mayonnaise!", to which Bob would always rely "Yuck"!".
I thank Bob for providing your yuck moment of the month:
"Guys? Jesse James!"

Another anecdote or two and we'll call it a day:
What we called "Bobmath" amused a lot of people: On any given day, 5+5 might add up to 8, 10, or 63, depending on what particular spirits were moving Bob at the moment.

Ladies. Ladies in their teens to ladies in their eighties- didn't matter to Bob- he was entranced by them and charmed them all. He was only tripped up in this enthusiasm once, as I recall, when a young woman named Alison turned out to be someone who might have been more appropriately named "Alice's son"...

And finally, the Stanley Cup riot in 1993:  Bob and I stood guard outside the store for about five hours that night. My weapon of choice for keeping rioters a safe distance away was a three foot length of steel pipe, while Bob's was a tennis racquet. He became quite adept at "returning the serve" of the odd beer bottle that came flying toward us, and while no-one would ever mix him up with Roger Federer or Serena Williams, he actually got a bit of applause from nearby celebrants when he'd make a particularly stylish riposte, his physical movements not in the least impeded by his prosthesis. (He'd lost a foot in a traffic accident.)

Enough, enough. I'll close by saying that 40-50 years ago there was a very talented folksinger around town named Bruce Murdoch. In correspondence with him a little while back, Bruce steered me towards a lovely piece he wrote when he was told that his friend Richie Havens had died.
Now I'm not a religious man by any means, and as far as I know neither was Bob, but the closing line of Bruce's song very much covers my feeling about Bob:

"I hope a band of heavenly angels
Came to take you home."


Here's Bruce (audio only):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MvU7winjcY