Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Comics For Wednesday 17th of January

 

Early in the new year and already Image is dishing out a large list of interesting and varied titles. Beyond that this week has heaps of other great releases, find out about just a few below!

Ales Kot gives us a glimpse into a bleak somewhat near future like only he can. With haunting artwork by Danijel Zezelj, this is a story of love and hate and how two can be torn apart by idealism and subjective morality in Image's new DAYS OF HATE #1 (OF 12).

Nick Wilson was once a name everyone knew, he had super powers, he helped the world but when the powers went, so did his fame and now he's no more than a of a late-night show punchline. Nearly 30, 20 pounds heavier and constantly checking for 4:20pm, he's realised he needs a long look in the mirror. How can Nick rebuild his life in FURTHER ADV OF NICK WILSON #1 (OF 5).

Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy... it's a whole tub load of weirdness! ICE CREAM MAN #1 is a genre-defying comic book series featuring "one-shot" tales of terror, sorrow, wonder, and redemption.

One of last year's biggest sellers returns with it's next volume in LEGEND OF KORRA TP VOL 02 TURF WARS PT 2.


DC get's its very own Hulk in DAMAGE #1. Can DC's new hero, Ethan control the monster within or will it be too much!

Tensions and water levels rise in Matt Kindt's mind-bending undersea sci-fi murder mystery in its latest collection, DEPT H HC VOL 03 DECOMPRESSED.

Sam Keith spins a tale of paranoia like only he can in FOUR WOMEN TP. Told mainly in the claustrophobic confines of their vehicle, these four women comfort one another and learn more about each other as their ordeal continues, drawing ever closer to its inevitable conclusion.

Talented French comics artist Claire Wendling breathes life into a new world of imagination with her stunningly illustrated tale LIGHTS OF THE AMALOU TP.

The Ultimate Universe's Thor died defending the Multiverse but his hammer remains. Who wields it now? Will too many Thor's spoil the broth?
Catch up in MIGHTY THOR PREM HC VOL 04 WAR THOR.

One of the greatest military mights of our time. Catch a glimpse into the rise of General Ursus. Find out what fuels his hatred for mankind in PLANET OF THE APES URSUS #1.

To celebrate its 25th-Anniversary, the Eisner Award-winning series STRANGERS IN PARADISE XXV #1 is back with an all-new story beginning with this #1 issue!

Perfect for the collectors shelf Shirow Masamune's cyber-punk classic Ghost in the Shell gets a boxed collection in GHOST IN SHELL DLX COMP BOXED SET.

The dream team Brubaker and Phillips continue their vigilante's journey into madness as he comes to terms with the truth about the demon on his shoulder in KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 03.

Popular anime RWBY's world gets bigger with these never before revealed adventures of Ruby, Weiss, Blake & Yang before they came together as a team in RWBY GN.

Richard Corben follows up 2014's Spirits of the Dead with a new collection of original short stories in SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE HC.

A captivating parable and timeless tale of love, passion, violence, and humor in the spirit of 1001 Nights and Aladdin-but one that blasts the conventional clich├ęs to bits! More European goodies hitting our shelves with TALES FROM THE AGE OF COBRA TP.

Dark and unabashed THREE ROOMS IN VALERIES HEAD TP blends British humor and universal regret in a series of vignette's, told through the mind of Valerie she imagines that her ex-boyfriends bodies are all in a mummified state in her basement and each day she brings one upstairs to discuss what went wrong.

Ever had that sinking feeling when you look at the shelf and a hype series you've been told to read has no number ones left? Fear not we've you covered as some popular titles are BACK IN STOCK with 2017 biggest selling singles returning to the shelves.
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #1 (OF 8) 4TH PTG
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #2 (OF 8) 3RD PTG
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #3 (OF 8) 2ND PTG
DARK NIGHTS METAL #1 (OF 6) 3RD PTG
DARK NIGHTS METAL #2 (OF 6) 3RD PTG
DARK NIGHTS METAL #3 (OF 6) 2ND PTG

And there you go. As good a week as any! If you've spotted an extra something you need us to reserve for you, just be sure to let us know before close of Tuesday for us to lock it in.
Also this week's All Star Lottery Secret Recipient has yet to show, so there is still two days to get yourself a $50 gift voucher just for picking up your order before Wednesday!



MARVEL
ALL NEW WOLVERINE #29 LEG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VENOM INC OMEGA #1 LEG
AMERICA #11
AVENGERS #676 LEG
BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #12 LEG
CHAMPIONS #16 LEG
DEADPOOL VS OLD MAN LOGAN #4 (OF 5)
DOCTOR STRANGE #384 LEG
GENERATION X #86 LEG
MIGHTY THOR #703 LEG WW
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #10 LEG
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #299 LEG
SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #4 (OF 5) LEG
STAR WARS #42
WEAPON X #13 LEG
X-MEN GOLD #20 LEG

DC COMICS
AQUAMAN #32
BATMAN #39
BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II #3 (OF 6)
BATWOMAN #11
BOMBSHELLS UNITED #10
DAMAGE #1
FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS #6
GREEN LANTERNS #39
HARLEY QUINN #35
INJUSTICE 2 #18
JUSTICE LEAGUE #37
NIGHTWING #37
SUPER SONS #12 SONS OF TOMORROW
SUPERMAN #39
TRINITY #17
WONDER WOMAN CONAN #5 (OF 6)

BOOM
ADVENTURE TIME #72
FENCE #3
JIM HENSON STORYTELLER FAIRIES #2 (OF 4)
KONG ON PLANET OF APES #3
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #23
PLANET OF THE APES URSUS #1
RUGRATS #4
STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #11
WWE #13

DARK HORSE
JENNY FINN #3 (OF 4)

DYNAMITE
JAMES BOND THE BODY #1
RED SONJA #12
WILL EISNER SPIRIT CORPSE MAKERS #5 (OF 5)

IDW
ASSASSINISTAS #2
OPTIMUS PRIME #15

IMAGE
ANGELIC #5
COPPERHEAD #18
DARK FANG #3
DAYS OF HATE #1 (OF 12)
EVOLUTION #3
FAMILY TRADE #4
FURTHER ADV OF NICK WILSON #1 (OF 5)
ICE CREAM MAN #1
KILL OR BE KILLED #15
MAGE HERO DENIED #5 (OF 15)
RUMBLE #2

MISC
BRILLIANT TRASH #3
JIMMYS BASTARDS #6
MIRACULOUS #19
MIRACULOUS #20
MIRACULOUS #21
PACIFIC RIM AFTERMATH #1 (OF 6)
ROBOTECH #6
SIMPSONS COMICS #242
STRANGERS IN PARADISE XXV #1
STREET FIGHTER RELOADED #5 (OF 6)
TICK 2017 #2
UNDER (STATIX) #2 (OF 2)
WRAPPED UP #4

TRADES
ANARKY THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP
BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY JOHN ROMITA JR
BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON SC
COMPLETE OKKO TP
DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 21 DVX
DEPT H HC VOL 03 DECOMPRESSED
DIRK GENTLY EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED GAME
FLOWERS OF EVIL COMPLETE ED TP VOL 01
FOUR WOMEN TP
GEORGE PEREZ SIRENS HC DIRECT MARKET EXC
GHOST IN SHELL DLX COMP BOXED SET
GIANT DAYS NOT ON THE TEST EDITION HC VOL 02
GOOD NIGHT PLANET HC
GREEN ARROW TP VOL 09 OLD TRICKS
HILO GN VOL 04 WAKING THE MONSTERS
KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 03
LEGEND OF KORRA TP VOL 02 TURF WARS PT 2
LIGHTS OF THE AMALOU TP
LITTLE SID HC PICTURE BOOK
MASS EFFECT DISCOVERY TP
MICHAEL ALLRED CONVERSATIONS SC
MIGHTY THOR PREM HC VOL 04 WAR THOR
NIGHTWING TP VOL 04 BLOCKBUSTER (REBIRTH)
ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE TP VOL 01
PAUL KIRCHNER AWAITING THE COLLAPSE SELECTED WORK
PUNISHER MAX TP COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 07
RWBY GN
SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE HC
SKYLANDERS SPYRO & FRIENDS HC
STAINED TP
STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION LEGACY TP VOL 02
SUPER POWERS BY JACK KIRBY TP
TALES FROM THE AGE OF COBRA TP
THREE ROOMS IN VALERIES HEAD TP
TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE LAST CITY TP
VALERIAN GN VOL 20 ORDER OF THE STONES
VALERIAN GN VOL 21 TIME OPENER
WARLORD OF MARS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02
X-MEN LEGION SHADOW KING RISING TP

MERCH
BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY JOHN ROMITA JR
DIRK GENTLY EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED GAME

BACK IN STOCK
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #1 (OF 8) 4TH PTG
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #2 (OF 8) 3RD PTG
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #3 (OF 8) 2ND PTG
DARK NIGHTS METAL #1 (OF 6) 3RD PTG
DARK NIGHTS METAL #2 (OF 6) 3RD PTG
DARK NIGHTS METAL #3 (OF 6) 2ND PTG

X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #2 (OF 2)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ALL STAR RECOMMENDS 2018 COMIC BOOK FORECAST


ALL STAR RECOMMENDS FOR JANUARY 9TH: THE 2018 COMIC BOOK FORECAST EDITION
 By Cameron Ashley

Forget comic books, if there is one recommendation I currently feel qualified to give, it is this: never move home at Christmas time with your five-month old child and overseas in-laws visiting. I return to you from a short stint in the Sanatorium, surrounded by boxes but with faculties renewed and crystal ball once more in hand.

2018 already looks bountiful on the comics front. It also looks a little heartbreaking, with two industry titans giving us their farewells to the medium and the final volume of a cult-smash project making its long-awaited arrival. This, the Golden Age of reprints and translated material, continues also with newly translated classic manga and work from Heavyweight European creators also forthcoming. It's a massive year already, so let's take a look at some of what awaits us, alphabetically with tentative release dates included.


ALACK SINNER: THE AGE OF DISENCHANTMENT
Carlos Sampayo & Jose Munoz
IDW
Due May

Will this follow up to one of 2017s most welcome reprints be called The Age of Disenchantment or The Age of Discontent as I've seen it listed both ways? We'll find out upon its release in May, but who cares anyway because its bound to be special. It took two years, give or take, from IDW announcing the return of Alack Sinner to English to actually hit store shelves, but 2017s volume one, The Age of Innocence, proved well worth the wait, easily one of the best releases of the year. Even if you're half as sick of detective stories as I am, you'll still find yourself captivated by Argentinian creators Sampayo and Munoz's take on 1970s New York and Sinner himself whose adventures prove, ultimately, to be meditations on violence, racism, greed and love. And the art. My God the art. Here readers will find the mid-point from Krigstein and Toth to Sin City-Miller and Eduardo Risso, but it's so much better and cleverer and lovelier than that sounds. In fact my only complaint about IDWs reprint is that the creators for some reason requested Sinner's tales be presented chronologically rather than by publication date, depriving us of seeing the remarkable growth in Munoz's art, the ever-creeping surrealistic flourishes, as they happened. A small quibble, really, for what is a comic that lives up to the mountainous critical hype that preceded its long-awaited return to English.



BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS/SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY OMNIBUS
Grant Morrison & Various
DC
Batman due July/Seven Soldiers due August

Are you, like me, an obsessed weirdo with mental problems who cannot handle the fact that your Morrison Batman comics are in, like, five different formats?? Hello..? Hello...?

Hmm.



Well thankfully for me DC are fixing this problem and easing my nervous ticks with the impending release of the Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus. Ahhh. I can breathe at last. Drawn by a slew of excellent artists (and Tony Daniel), Morrison's epic run on Batman was notable for its author's attempts to treat the entire backlog of Bat-adventures as canon, building to Bruce Wayne's inevitable nervous breakdown. But Batman being Batman, there's always a plan, even when you're as crazy as a guy screaming, "Why aren't these Morrison Batman comics all the same sizzzeee?" Ahem. Also worth mentioning here is that DC is also finally releasing Morrison and friends' quite wonderful Seven Soldiers of Victory in a single, very large book. Huzzah.


BLOODSTRIKE
Michel Fiffe
Image (TBA)

Wait, what? In surely the year's most inspired piece of creative casting, Michel Fiffe brings his colour pencil set over to Image, ready to reanimate the corpse of yet another Rob Liefeld creation littering the comics character graveyard. Yes, Bloodstrike returns and actually will be readable for the first time in the title's history. All jokes aside, with his self-published Copra, Fiffe has proven ability to channel a classic superhero aesthetic into his own idiosyncratic style. It's so easy to rip off a certain pose or artistic style and pass it off with a cheeky wink and a nod. Not Fiffe though, who goes arthouse with his hero-homage. Expect the reinvigorated super-assassin team to return with visual homage aplenty, to both the titles original early-Image style and the preceding '80s Suicide Squad title (in many ways the proto-Bloodstrike) which Fiffe is so fond of, but in the process looking quite unlike anything else other than a Michel Fiffe comic. Should be fantastic.



CAPTAIN HARLOCK: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION/SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION
Leiji Matsumoto
Seven Seas
Harlock due April/Yamato due Oct

How are Seven Seas pulling this off? Not only content to bring us the early adventures of Go Nagai's Devilman (see below), They've snatched up English rights for both of Leiji Matsumoto's heavyweight creations: Captain Harlock: Space Pirate and Space Battleship Yamato. If you didn't get around to Kodansha's two-volume presentation of Matsumoto's Queen Emeraldas, I suggest you start there as it's the perfect primer of Matsumoto's striking work. His expanses of space feel endless, his ship consoles seem to blink from the darkness of his surrounds, his characters are bouncy, lively always and in Harlock, he found the perfect rogue with which to liven up his dense space operas. From the publicity: "After a mysterious sphere collides with Tokyo, legends seemingly born of the ancient Mayan civilization appear. In truth, however, the beings are alien invaders known as the Mazone, plant women who wandered the earth in bygone ages--and have now returned to make it theirs. With a ragtag crew of renegades at his side, only the space pirate Captain Harlock has what it takes to save the planet." Translated by Zack Davisson, who really must be living his dream right now, quality is assured along with the boundless adventure on offer.



But that's not all! Seven Seas are coming for your wallet and your reading time in 2018. The entirety of Matsumoto's Space Battleship Yamato, possibly the ultimate comics space opera, due October, is of course better known to us as Star Blazers and it is collected into a single volume. Seriously, what a year.


DEVILMAN THE CLASSIC COLLECTION
Go Nagai
Seven Seas
Due March

Translator Zack Davisson has his fingerprints all over 2018s best classic manga reprints, kicking off in March with massive, 600+ page volumes of Go Nagai's horror classic, Devilman. I'm not sure how many volumes will be considered "classic" by publisher Seven Seas but Nagai kicked off his epic about a human imbued with the powers of a devil (with which he fights literal devils) in 1972, wrapping up the original run roughly a year later, only to return from 79-81 after anime kept his creation well and truly alive. It's influential stuff, becoming something of a pop culture phenomenon in its native Japan, unsurprising given Nagai's Tezuka-goes-blood-and-guts style. Fun stuff and a much-needed return to print for this beloved character's earliest adventures. Curse you, Seven Seas!


DIE LAUGHING
Andre Franquin
Fantagraphics
Due April

April promises to break some budgets, but do ensure you at least give some thought to Andre Franquin's Die Laughing. Considered arguably the best draftsman of all time, Franquin's Die Laughing has been in the works at Fantagraphics for years and, as with many comics on this year's list, finally appears in 2018. Franquin, noted mainly for his gag-filled Spirou and Fantasio and Gomer Goof comics (both published these days by the UK's Cinebook) goes dark here, very, very dark. Modern life is skewered by the late Belgian genius in strips that sound like Mad magazine gone utterly nihilistic. Sure to be cruel, it's also bound to be beautiful, with images like this, which show Franquin at his inky best, his satire at its darkest:



THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN VOLUME FOUR: THE TEMPEST
Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill
Top Shelf/Knockabout
Due June

This would be a notable inclusion solely for the fact that it's the final volume in Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's largely excellent The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. However, given that Alan Moore, indisputably the most highly-regarded writer to ever grace the medium (whatever you may think of the old curmudgeon) will retire from comics with its publication, it becomes more of an actual "event" than anything else this year, no matter what the Big Two try and tell you. Given that artist O'Neill, the man whose very style was once banned by the Comics Code Authority, is also calling time on his long and incredible career, I'm not sure how that prior statement can even be disputed. Skipping ahead to the far future, this final six-issue League story promises to wrap thing up with characters new and old from the series' time-jumping adventures.


LONE WOLF & CUB GALLERY EDITION
Goseki Kojima & Kazuo Koike 
Dark Horse Comics
Due May

It is frequently difficult to resist the lure of the oversized "art edition" book. Pioneered by IDW's Scott Dunbier ("Artist's Edition"), both Fantagraphics ("Studio Edition") and Dark Horse ("Galley Edition") have also jumped aboard to wave giant hardcovers filled with high quality scans of original comics artwork under the noses of process nerds worldwide. This one right here though is a real standout, presenting the gorgeous, forty-year-old Lone Wolf & Cub artwork of Goseki Kojima (from scripts by the brilliant Kazuo Koike) at a size which readers have never even come close to seeing before - particularly if you've got the original Dark Horse run of Lone Wolf (as I do) which were books a little larger than your palm. Adding to the appeal is pages presented in the original Japanese as well as English, something else English readers have probably never seen before. Kojima was a consummate draftsman and a thorough researcher and the chance to get as close as possible to his original art boards is a tantalising one. Bring this on.




MASTER RACE AND OTHER STORIES
Bernard Krigstein
Fantagraphics
Due January

I am quite behind on collecting the beautifully designed, black and white EC Comics reprints that Fantagraphics have been serving up for the past few years, but the latest instalment, each compiled by artist, is a total must-own-now. Bernard (or simply "B.") Krigstein was one of the medium's most gifted visual storytellers, fabulously cinematic and moody at all times even when faced with the cramped, multi-panelled, heavily captioned stories he crafted for EC Comics in the 1950s. Master Race and Other Stories collects the titular tale (one of the finest EC ever published, smashing the mould for what artists could achieve with such tight narrative restrictions) and many more genre-spanning tales by the master, many either unpublished or never reprinted. The care Fantagraphics puts into this line ensures Krigstein's art will look its sharpest. Out shortly after this column hits (supposedly), get in store to order.


MORT CINDER
Alberto Breccia & Hector German Oesterheld
Fantagraphics
Due July

Wandering through time and across the world is poor Mort Cinder, who rises from the grave each time he is murdered. If this is a familiar premise, DC's Resurrection Man is what's ringing the bell, but make no mistake on which is the original- Mort Cinder dates back to 1962. Oesterheld writes this one, he of The Eternaut fame (look Oesterheld up - he has quite the life story), but the star of the show is undoubtedly artist Alberto Breccia, whose work was simply decades ahead of its time. Amazing stuff:




MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS CHAPTER 2
Emil Ferris
Fantagraphics
Due February

Look, let's be real for a moment. The only comic released in 2017 that will still be talked about with any real relevance in a decade's time is the first volume of Emil Ferris' My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. With the second, concluding, volume arriving shortly, it's just as likely Ferris' astonishing ballpoint artwork and beautiful writing steals the year once again. If you've yet to read My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, I envy you and recommend holding off for the concluding volume's arrival to ensure you don't have to endure even a sliver of the twelve-month wait the rest of us have. An absolute, top-of-the-list must-buy. I can't really say any more than that.


PAPER DOLLS
Kerascoet
NBM
Due February

Long delayed, cancelled even at one point as it was simply too expensive for publishers NBM to bring into English, Paper Dolls by the French husband and wife art team Kerascoet finally arrives this February and it is limited to 1000 numbered copies. Yikes. Giant, intricately designed, Paper Dolls showcases the gorgeous art the duo produce and if you're familiar with their work on Beauty, Miss Don't Touch Me, Beautiful Darkness, Satania and more, you know we're in for a treat. The advance word from NBM promises the book will lift "the veil on the immensity and diversity of their work in comics, animation and advertising showing sketches, studies, paintings, even work on textile." Poised to be possibly the year's loveliest book, Paper Dolls also may prove to be the most fun, armed as it is with bonus cut outs, stickers and more.


POOCHYTOWN
Jim Woodring
Fantagraphics
Due July

Not only the final Frank book, but also the final comic that the incomparable Jim Woodring will ever make, Poochytown seeks to wrap up the surreal adventures of Woodring's anthropomorphic critter's travails through the world of the Unifactor and will apparently do so with fairly shocking event. Troubling, but as long as Pupshaw and Pushpaw make it unscathed, I'll be fine. The idea of Woodring ending his time in comics is a terribly sad one - Frank has been with us since 1996 - and underneath all those trippy sequences lies some pretty heavy symbolism. Few comics have reworked old archetype into something startlingly unique and visually immersive as Jim Woodring's and for the first time, the arrival of a new Frank book is a sad one. Not to be missed.


PRISON PIT VOLUME 6
Johnny Ryan
Fantagraphics
Due July

All manner of atrocity surely awaits readers in the concluding volume of Johnny Ryan's hyper-violent, wrestling and manga-inspired Prison Pit. Volume 6 of the cult hit is three years in the making, capping off what surely must be seen as a pretty stunning success for the cartoonist. An animated adaptation and a merchandise bonanza later, Ryan's...um..."anti-hero," Cannibal F@#kface, faces one final epic brawl on the landscape populated by violent alien criminals that he's trapped in. How over the top will this final volume get? Off the charts would be my guess, but whatever the case, Prison Pit's conclusion is sure to be the year's most offensively hilarious read.



SABRINA
Nick Drnaso
D&Q
Due May

Nick Drnaso's debut graphic novel, Beverley, was a standout for me in 2016, a supremely accomplished effort from a newcomer whose thin lines and sterile environments matched the frequent iciness of his character’s interactions. Back at publishers D&Q again this year, Drnaso's follow up, Sabrina, ups the ante. Featuring an airman in the US airforce drawn into the mystery of the titular Sabrina's disappearance, encountering "modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens," it's a premise that may cause some sighs. I know, I know, it's the kind of thing I would probably roll my eyes at too, but Drnaso's work leans toward the Ballardian and I expect an uncomfortable, clever examination of the "fake news climate" rather than some tossed-off references to Twitter and how shallow we all are in a desperate attempt to make the comic relevant. I guess I'm saying, trust me. If you don't, go take a look at 2016's Beverly and remember that excellent comic was Drnaso's first.



SLUM WOLF
Tadao Tsuge
NYRC
Due May

Okay, in 2018 can we please show some more love to New York Review Comics who is consistently putting out incredible reissue after reissue of long lost comics gold? Sure, there are a number of companies doing this, but few with the design and willingness to take go the extra mile with presentation. Two different paper stocks? Sure. Massively oversized? Why not. There's almost a recklessness here that rivals Fantagraphics go-for-broke presentation aesthetic. Anyway, on tap for this May is Slum Wolf by the brilliant Tadao Tsuge. Long delayed, this collection assembles stories the alt-manga master created in the sixties and seventies. Tsuge's last collection Trash Market showed readers the real life grime of Japan at the time and Slum Wolf would appear to up the ante, focussing as it does on "punks, vagrants, gangsters, and other lost souls..." Like Trash Market before it, Slum Wolf is translated and edited by the excellent Ryan Holmberg, a man who has forgotten more about obscure Japanese comics than you or I could ever learn. Again: what a time this is for comics. Seriously.



TOTAL JAZZ
Blutch
Fantagraphics
Due February

Blutch is back! Exploring the music and sub-culture of the jazz scene is the French artist's newest arrival in English, which is great if you love jazz and almost as great even if you don't. Blutch possesses a striking, singular artistic voice and a beautifully inky line and it's just possible that this collection of vignettes and shorts, drawn in a variety of styles ("as improvisational as Coltrane and Mingus," Fantagraphics promises) will be the perfect introduction to his craft for the new reader. Can't wait.



X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN TREASURY EDITION
Ed Piskor
Marvel
Due April

Alright! This is what I've been holding off for. Ready to shelve right next to your volumes of Ed Piskor's beloved Hip Hop Family Tree is the collection of the cartoonist's massively-praised X-Men project which sandwiches almost the entire continuity of everyone's favourite mutants into one smartly-cartooned package. It's pretty cool to see such a unique project strike such a large vein in the fanbase - it feels like the kind of thing Marvel would do back in the Jemas/Quesada days (how strange that I now look back at that period with nostalgic pangs). Hopefully Grand Design spurs the publisher on to take greater chances with its creators once again as, from simply a visual standpoint, X-Men: Grand Design looks utterly unlike anything else from the supposed House of Ideas. Its success proves that projects like Grand Design and the similarly lauded Lethem/Dalrymple Omega The Unknown comic of a few years back should not be outliers in Marvel's immense catalogue. 



YELLOW NEGROES AND OTHER IMAGINARY CREATURES
Yvan Alagbe
NYRC
Due April

Not going to lie, I don't know a whole lot about this one but I have been keeping an eye on its pending arrival for about a year now. Looking a little like Steve Pugh and Al Davidson going fully experimental, Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures comes to us, like all NYRC releases, with advance praise from all over the place. Focussing on immigrants to Paris, this title may pair very well with last year's sorely neglected Run For It by Marcello d'Salete (which concerned itself with Brazilian natives fleeing their colonialist masters). Alagbe, never before translated into English, brings us the loves and conflicts of immigrants and their struggles to assimilate in their new home. A mixed race couple and a power-tripping cop feature prominently, brought to life by Alagbe's lively brush. With it's racial theme up front and squarely in the reader's face, the book has been described as "provocative," but it's also quite likely exactly the comic 2018 needs. Created between 1994-2011, Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures should be considered strongly for your pre-orders - NYRC never steers us wrong.

That's it!

See you soon. Love your comics.





Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Comics For Wednesday 10th of January


Easing into the new year is made a little easier with new comics, right? Well let's start the week on the right foot with this week's latest releases.

A good old Earth shattering event brings together every division of the Avengers in this epic weekly event starting with AVENGERS LH #675 LEG.

Did you dig the original Old Man Logan? Rising-star writer ETHAN SACKS and Star Wars stalwart artist MARCO CHECCHETTO flesh out the original dystopian future story with this prequel of everyone's favourite aging Avengers rascal, OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 (OF 12) LEG.

Harley Quinn finds a magic lamp, what could go wrong!? Especially with an infinite amount of wishes in HARLEY QUINN BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR #1.

Catch up on one of the strangest zombie apocalyptic tales to hit the shelves with the manga hit,
 I AM A HERO OMNIBUS TP VOL 05.

Tom King's electrifying series that really put him on the map gets the special edition treatment it deserves in the hardcover collection. Collecting the original series plus all the behind the scenes goodies from the director's cut in VISION HC.

A time spanning saga brings the two crews of the Battlestar Galactica together for the first time. Don't expect this first meeting to be friendly as no one has any idea how they got there in
BSG VS BSG #1 (OF 6).

When roaming warriors Atlas and Axis return to their village they discover it to have been ransacked by Vikings. Now they go on a perilous journey to save their friends. It's Asterix and Obelix as dogs in ATLAS AND AXIS (STATIX) #1 (OF 4).

This over-sized trade paperback collects the complete COWBOY NINJA VIKING DLX ED TP. Following the counter intelligence agent with multiple personalities, funnily enough a Cowboy, a Ninja and a Viking, as he tries to take down others like him.

The origins of the Harvesters are finally revealed as war breaks out across the galaxy in the next chapter of Jeff Lemire's epic sci-fi, DESCENDER TP VOL 05 RISE OF THE ROBOTS.

What would you do if an oppressive army lead by a Captain that can burn things to ash burns down your village? Well Agni is one of the "blessed", with the power of instantaneously regenerate, as he rises from the ashes eternally ablaze to seek his revenge in FIRE PUNCH GN VOL 01.

Hellboy joins other Bureau agents in a series of far-flung mysteries to uncover the horror and intrigue of a growing occult Cold War. Mignola also reunites with legendary artist Richard Corben for the short story "The Mirror." HELLBOY AND THE BPRD 1954 TP.

A surreal, trippy adventure about a bar where newly dead people await their fate surrounded by interlopers from hell. Check out LIMBO LOUNGE HC for a weird journey.

Once a year robots fly down to bond with sky cadets to help defend the Earth from aliens known as the Sharg. MECH CADET YU TP VOL 01 DISCOVER NOW follows a new cadet chosen by accident on an exciting new adventure. It's Pacific Rim meets Iron Giant.

Pick up WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 06 IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2 for the next step in this critically acclaimed comic as it reaches it's most dramatic arc yet.

Get some more Stranger Things in your life with STRANGER THINGS 7IN AF ASST featuring Eleven and Hopper in all their dolly glory.

And there it is. Great books for you even great readers. Let us know if there is anything extra you need us to stash bother close Tuesday and we'll get it sorted for you.
Until the next time we see you, stay rad and stay cool!



MARVEL
AVENGERS LH #675 LEG
CABLE #153 LEG
DAREDEVIL #597 LEG
DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #292 LEG
GWENPOOL #24 LEG
MS MARVEL #26 LEG
OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 (OF 12) LEG
OLD MAN LOGAN #33 LEG
PHOENIX RESURRECTION RETURN JEAN GREY #3 (OF 5)
PUNISHER #220 LEG
RUNAWAYS #5
SECRET WARRIORS #12 LEG
SHE-HULK #161 LEG
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #26 LEG
STAR WARS DARTH VADER #10
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #28 LEG
VENOM #160 LEG
X-MEN BLUE #19 LEG
X-MEN GOLD ANNUAL #1 LEG

DC COMICS
ACTION COMICS #995
BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #18
DEADMAN #3 (OF 6)
DETECTIVE COMICS #972
FLASH #38
GOTHAM CITY GARAGE #7
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #36
HARLEY QUINN #34
HARLEY QUINN BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR #1 SPC
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #22
MISTER MIRACLE #6 (OF 12) (MR)
NEW SUPER MAN #19
RAGMAN #4 (OF 6)
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #18
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #21
SUICIDE SQUAD #33
SUPERGIRL #17
SUPERWOMAN #18
TITANS #19
WILDSTORM MICHAEL CRAY #4
WONDER WOMAN #38

BOOM
GRASS KINGS #11
JIM HENSON POWER OF DARK CRYSTAL #10 (OF 12)
JUDAS #2 (OF 4)
MECH CADET YU #5
ROCKOS MODERN LIFE #2

DYNAMITE
DEJAH THORIS #0
BARBARELLA #2
BSG VS BSG #1 (OF 6)

IDW
SAUCER STATE #6 (OF 6)
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #15
SWORD OF AGES #2
TMNT ONGOING #78

IMAGE
COYOTES #3
ETERNAL EMPIRE #6
HEAD LOPPER #8
KINGSMAN RED DIAMOND #5 (OF 6)
PARADISO #2
PORT OF EARTH #3
ROSE #7
ROYAL CITY #9
SLEEPLESS #2
SLOTS #4
STRAY BULLETS SUNSHINE & ROSES #31
WITCHBLADE #2
YOUNGBLOOD #8

ONI
DAMNED #7

VALIANT
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #5
NINJAK VS VU #1 (OF 4)

MISC
ALTERS #9
ARCHIE #27
ARCHIES #4
ATLAS AND AXIS (STATIX) #1 (OF 4)
DOCTOR WHO 11TH YEAR THREE #13
FIGHTING AMERICAN #4
GHOST MONEY #6 (OF 10)
MONSTRO MECHANICA #2
PESTILENCE #6
SPONGEBOB COMICS #76

TRADES
ASSASSINS CREED UPRISING TP VOL 02
BATMAN BEYOND TP VOL 02 RISE OF THE DEMON (REBIRTH
BATMAN SHADOW OF THE BAT TP VOL 03
BLACK LIGHTNING YEAR ONE TP NEW ED
CABLE NEMESIS CONTRACT TP
CHILDREN OF WHALES GN VOL 02
COWBOY NINJA VIKING DLX ED TP
CURSE WORDS TP VOL 02 EXPLOSIONTOWN
DEADPOOL BY POSEHN & DUGGAN TP VOL 01 COMPLETE COL
DESCENDER TP VOL 05 RISE OF THE ROBOTS
DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA TP
DOCTOR STRANGE TP VOL 05 SECRET EMPIRE
DOCTOR WHO 10TH FACING FATE HC VOL 02 VORTEX BUTTE
DREAM OF THE BUTTERFLY GN VOL 01 RABBITS OF THE MO
FARSCAPE OMNIBUS SC VOL 01
FIRE PUNCH GN VOL 01
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO TP VOL 19
HARBINGER RENEGADE TP VOL 02 MASSACRE
HARLEY QUINN TP VOL 04 SURPRISE SURPRISE (REBIRTH)
HELLBOY AND THE BPRD 1954 TP
I AM A HERO OMNIBUS TP VOL 05
INCREDIBLE HULK EPIC COLLECTION TP FALL OF PANTHEO
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE COMP COLL TP
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS INFINITE TP
LAND OF THE LUSTROUS GN VOL 04
LIMBO LOUNGE HC
MAGE TP BOOK 02 HERO DEFINED VOL 03
MARVELS BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE TP
MECH CADET YU TP VOL 01 DISCOVER NOW PX
OVER GARDEN WALL ONGOING TP VOL
POSTAL TP VOL 06
SATELLITE FALLING TP
SHE-HULK TP VOL 02 LET THEM EAT CAKE
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO TP VOL 02
SUPERGIRL TP VOL 04 DAUGHTER OF NEW KRYPTON
THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON TP VOL 02 NEW PTG
VISION HC
WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 06 IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2
X-FILES (2016) TP VOL 04

MERCH

STRANGER THINGS 7IN AF ASST

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Comics For Wednesday 3rd of January



WELCOME TO 2018!
What does the future hold? Hard to say but let's all take this one week at a time, starting by checking out the newest releases of the first week of the year!

A modern retelling of 20,000 leagues under the sea, where people are free from society and beasts roam the waters. NEMO HC.

Before the film hit the screen, see the origins of T'Challa the man who takes up the mantle of the Black Panther in RISE OF BLACK PANTHER #1 (OF 6) LEG.

Your favorite X-couple are back together whether they like it or not! Can they work together undercover to find a group of kidnapped mutants? ROGUE & GAMBIT #1 (OF 5) LEG.

Duke Thomas has been in training for too long, it's time for Gotham to meet The Signal! As Gotham's newest hero takes the day-shift in BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1 (OF 3).

In 1953 America, successful gay Southern playwright, Snagglepuss, becomes the target of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Will they silence this subversive playwright? Find out in EXIT STAGE LEFT THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1 (OF 6).

Cybertron has been invaded in TRANSFORMERS VS THE VISIONARIES #1 (OF 5). With their magical abilities, the Visionaries will either be powerful allies or dangerous villains to the Transformers.

If you ever needed a jumping on point with this epic series, here it is with a new story arc, new friends, new enemies, new threats, *singing* it's a whole new world in WALKING DEAD #175.

After his tragic life Koshchei finds himself on the hunt for Hellboy on the road to immortality. 

From Academy award nominated writer Eric Heisserer comes the stand alone prelude to one of the best events to happen in the Valiant Universe.

Cosmo and his Martain friends dive into the deepest corners of space to uncover a unique species, humans! In a new all ages space adventure featuring a wonderful cover from Melbourne's own Erin Hunting in COSMO #1.

In the year 2020 three hackers in America decide to do one final hack job, no matter the cost. 

Tank Girl, Gorillaz. Take a journey inside the head of Jamie Hewlett. Check out JAMIE HEWLETT INSIDE THE MIND OF JAMIE HEWLETT HC for over 400 lovely pieces of artwork featuring stories, characters, strips and sketches.

In the second arc of the popular, painstakingly drawn webcomic, KILL 6 BILLION DEMONS TP VOL 02 more demons get killed when a out-of-place sorority sister and an angelic lawman must struggle against their own fears in a clash with one of the seven evil masters of creation.

We're not lying, there's more figures from the little known comic called Saga. Pick up SAGA THE WILL & LYING CAT AF 2-PACK to get everyone's favourite Bounty Hunter and honest cat companion.

Did you miss out on the lovely first date of Batman and Catwoman? Don't worry, you can come grab BATMAN ANNUAL #2 2ND PTG to see how it all started.

There is it, the first books for 2018. If there is something extra you'd like to try just be sure to let us know before close on Tuesday and we'll get it sorted.
Again, happy new year and have a great week.



MARVEL
ASTONISHING X-MEN #7 LEG
BLACK BOLT #9 LEG
CAPTAIN AMERICA #697 LEG WW
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY LH #150 LEG
HAWKEYE #14 LEG
ICEMAN #9 LEG
IRON FIST #76 LEG
PHOENIX RESURRECTION RETURN JEAN GREY #2 (OF 5) LE
RISE OF BLACK PANTHER #1 (OF 6) LEG
ROGUE & GAMBIT #1 (OF 5) LEG
SPIDER-MAN #236 LEG
STAR WARS #41
X-MEN GOLD #19 LEG
X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #2 (OF 2)

DC COMICS
BATMAN #38
BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1 (OF 3)
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #4 (OF 8)
BLACK LIGHTNING COLD DEAD HANDS #3 (OF 6)
BOMBSHELLS UNITED #9
CYBORG #20
DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY #5 (OF 6)
DEATHSTROKE #27
EXIT STAGE LEFT THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1
GREEN ARROW #36
GREEN LANTERNS #38
HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA #4 (OF 6)
INJUSTICE 2 #17
JETSONS #3
JUSTICE LEAGUE #36
NIGHTWING #36
SUPERMAN #38 SONS OF TOMORROW

VERTIGO
AMERICAN WAY THOSE ABOVE AND BELOW #5 (OF 6)

BOOM
GIANT DAYS #34

DARK HORSE
GIANTS #2 (OF 5)
KOSHCHEI THE DEATHLESS #1 (OF 6)

DYNAMITE
SHADOW BATMAN #4 (OF 6)

IDW
ATOMIC ROBO SPECTRE OF TOMORROW #3
GHOSTBUSTERS ANSWER THE CALL #2
INFINITE LOOP NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH #3 (OF 6)
TRANSFORMERS VS THE VISIONARIES #1 (OF 5)
TMNT UNIVERSE #18

IMAGE
ANGELIC #4
BIRTHRIGHT #29
CROSSWIND #6
EXTREMITY #10
GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #3
NO 1 WITH A BULLET #3
PAPER GIRLS #19
RAT QUEENS #7
REALM #4
ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #7
SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #5
SPAWN #281
THROWAWAYS #11
WALKING DEAD #175

VALIANT
SECRET WEAPONS #0

MISC
ANIMOSITY EVOLUTION #3
BABYTEETH #7
CAPTAIN KRONOS #4
COSMO #1
DAN DARE #4
DOCTOR WHO 12TH YEAR THREE #11
MINKY WOODCOCK GIRL WHO HANDCUFFED HOUDINI #2
PENNY DREADFUL #8
QUARRYS WAR #2
WATCHVARK #1

TRADES
ANGEL SEASON 11 TP VOL 02
AQUAMAN THE WATERBEARER TP NEW EDITION
BIG HARD SEX CRIMINALS HC VOL 02
BLACK PANTHER ADVENTURES DIGEST TP
BLACK PANTHER BY HUDLIN TP VOL 02 COMPLETE COLLECT
BOOM BOX MIX TAPE SC
CAPTAIN ATOM THE FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM TP
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SORCERY TP
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS YR HC HARLEY QUINN AT SUPER
DEADPOOL & CO OMNIBUS HC
DEADPOOL WORLDS GREATEST HC VOL 03
DISNEY ROSA DUCK LIBRARY HC VOL 08
DOCTOR WHO 12TH TP VOL 06 SONIC BOOM
DRAGON AGE KNIGHT ERRANT TP
ELSEWHERE TP VOL 01
GENERATION GONE TP VOL 01
GOLDFISCH MANGA GN VOL 01
GOMER GOOF GN VOL 01
GOOD NIGHT PLANET HC
HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 04 FRACTURE (REBIRTH)
INHUMANS BEWARE THE INHUMANS TP
JAMIE HEWLETT INSIDE THE MIND OF JAMIE HEWLETT HC
KILL 6 BILLION DEMONS TP VOL 02
MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE GUIDEBOOK ALL CONNECTED
MILLENNIUM GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE TP
NEMO HC
ORPHAN BLACK DEVIATIONS TP
SAGA THE WILL & LYING CAT AF 2-PACK
SIMPSONS COMICS GAME ON GN
SNOOPY HC
SPIDER-GWEN HC VOL 02
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 04 SERIOUS BUSINESS
SUICIDE SQUAD THE SILVER AGE TP
SUPERBOY TP BOOK 01 TROUBLE IN PARADISE
TMNT DIMENSION X TP

MERCH
DC BOMBSHELLS STARFIRE STATUE
SAGA THE WILL & LYING CAT AF 2-PACK

BACK IN STOCK

BATMAN ANNUAL #2 2ND PTG