This is a Blog I do once a month as I read through the advance solicits for comics shipping in two months. Every month your local comic shop (LCS) places orders with Diamond Comics for what comics will be on their rack two months down the road. That means in November they’re ordering the things that they’ll be selling in January, 2015.
This month we have a lot of great items that could have flown below your radar! Revisit a classic indie series for only $1, a collection of work by Joe Kubert published for the 1st time in the US, Spawn is the 2nd indie to reach 250 issues, and another cool magazine sized debut issue from Ed Brubaker. Girl Power continues as Princeless returns after a long absence, The Munchkin card game comes to comics, and a tale of what happens when costumed theme park princesses decide to take their park back from gangs. We also get a revival of a host of classic newspaper adventure heroes originally published by King Features. Check out these and many more comics that could have easily flown below your radar! I cover lots of cool stuff that you may miss if you’re not reading though all the solicits like I do… I scour the solicits so you don’t have to!
Comic shop owners are typically aware of the books from the big publishers particularly superhero stuff and “hot” indie books (usually AFTER they become hot) - beyond that there are no guarantees. Even if they know about a particular comic they may not order it to put out on their racks. I keep track of advance solicits that get posted on-line on the ComicSpectrum website each month, if there is something you really want that’s not guaranteed to be on the rack (like Batman or Avengers), you should consider letting your comic shop know you’re interested so they’ll know to order it.
Most of the items shown here are things you may not see on the racks in every comic shop. If it looks cool to you, make sure you ask your LCS to order it. Heck, start a pull list at your shop and add the books you’re interested in so your shop will save them for you and you don’t have to worry about them selling out.
Lady Killer #1 (of 5) [Dark Horse]
Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich (Writers) • Joëlle Jones (Artist)
Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.
FC / 32 pgs / $3.50
#1 for $1: ElfQuest [Dark Horse]
Wendy & Richard Pini (Writers) • Wendy Pini (Artist)
The perfect place to start the greatest fantasy story in comics history!
When a looming terror drives Chief Cutter and his Wolfriders from their forest home, the tribe embarks on a marvelous journey across a transforming landscape inhabited by a myriad of incredible creatures! Alliances are forged, enemies uncovered, and savage battles fought in this epic fantasy adventure!
BW / 32 pgs / $1.00
Tex: The Lonesome Rider HC [Dark Horse]
Claudio Nizzi (Writer) • Joe Kubert (Artist)
American icon Joe Kubert and Italian writer Claudio Nizzi collaborated on Tex: The Lonesome Rider at the turn of the new century—and this standalone graphic novel is now available to a wider English-language audience! Tex tracks four ruthless killers who have massacred a peaceful farming family, using his ranger’s ingenuity and brute force when needed! This is Joe Kubert’s rarely seen western masterpiece and the first US release of this modern classic!
FC / 240 pgs / $49.99
Popeye Classics #30 [IDW]
Bud Sagendorf (Writer/Artist)
The world’s greatest Popeye artist, Bud Sagendorf, tells a rousing tale of comicdom’s nastiest villainess, the dreaded Sea Hag, in “Desert Pirates!” This potboiler jumpstarts when Wimpy meets one of her minions that craftily lures him with a bottle of, yes… hamburger aroma!
And look at that awesome Subscription variant cover by Steve Mannion! Olive Oyl never looked better!
FC / 32 pgs / $3.99
The Dying and The Dead #1 [Image]
Jonathan Hickman (Writer) • Ryan Bodenheim (Artist)
A murder at a wedding reveals a fifty year-old secret. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly disparate events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah. It’s Indiana Jones for Old People. There are no fedoras, only bedpans.
FC / 64 pgs / $4.50
Spawn #250 [Image]
Todd McFarlane (Writer) • Szymon Kudranski (Artist)
Say what you will about Spawn, but this anniversary marks only the second time an independent comic book has reached such a lofty number (the 1st being Cerebus)! This issue marks the cataclysmic climax in the story of the current Spawn: Jim Downing’s final struggle against his costume while the fate of New York City lies in the balance.
From the ashes of that battlefield comes the long awaited return of the original Spawn… AL SIMMONS.
FC / 64 pgs / $5.99
Criminal Special Edition (One Shot) [Image]
Ed Brubaker (Writer) • Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser (Artists)
To celebrate the return of CRIMINAL to print, BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS return to their award-winning title for the first time in years for a 48-page special sure the thrill their readers, old and new alike!
It’s 1976, and Teeg Lawless is doing 30 days in county jail with a price on his head, his only safe company from the savagery a beat-up old comic magazine his dead cellmate left behind. It’s CRIMINAL like you’ve never seen it before, with a comic within the comic and all those slick ‘70s thrills!
Keep an eye out for the Magazine sized variant with 16 extra pages!
FC / 32 pgs / $3.50 (comic)
FC / 48 pgs / $5.99 (magazine)
Reyn #1 [Image]
Kel Symons (Writer) • Nathan Stockman (Artist)
Reyn is a freelance swordsman and monster hunter who also might be the last of the legendary “Wardens” of the land of Fate, whose ranks long since faded into myth. He’s haunted and driven by visions from a “guiding angel” who sets him on the path of a great quest—though Reyn’s hardly the errant knight-type. He’ll rescue and partner with the sorceress Seph, a member of a coven known as the Followers of Tek, hunted as heretics for their beliefs, but who may know what secrets Fate holds.
FC / 32 pgs / $3.50
PRINCELESS: THE PIRATE PRINCESS #1 [Action Lab]
Jeremy Whitley (Writer) • Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt (Artists)
Princess Adrienne is back! This time Adrienne and Bedelia have found another young princess locked away in a tower and decided to rescue her. But Princess Raven is more than meets the eye and Adrienne may have finally met her match. The story that started in FCBD 2013 will finally be told here!
FC / 32 pgs / $3.99
MUNCHKIN #1 [BOOM! Box]
Tom Siddell, Jim Zub & John Kovalic (Writers) • Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh, & John Kovalic (Artists)
Based on the immensely popular card game, Munchkin comes to comics! Munchkin takes place in a very flexible mashup of genres. Originally a satire of fantasy roleplaying, it has since then taken on non-fantasy and non-gaming elements. Characters in Munchkin change constantly but never permanently. What do Munchkins do? They play for the win. They are rules lawyers. They backstab. They gloat. They whine when someone else backstabs or gloats. Munchkins are emotional. Munchkins may be clever, but they are never wise. Munchkins have short attention spans. Munchkins may be brave in the face of awful odds, but they are even braver when beating up crippled goblins for their lunch money. If a Munchkin seems to show mercy, it’s because he was bored or distracted. After all, even stomping an ant helps you level up.
Plus, every first printing of every issue will ship with an exclusive card for the game.
FC / 32 pgs / $3.99
FEATHERS #1 (of 6) [Boom! / Archaia]
Jorge Corona (Writer/Artist)
In the footsteps of Archaia titles Rust, Iron, Will o’ the Wisp, and The Reason for Dragons, debut writer-artist Jorge Corona brings a brand-new voice to the comics industry with Feathers. A recluse boy born covered in feathers must help his first-ever friend, a young girl named Bianca, as she tries to return to her home beyond the slums of the Maze. They must dodge street gangs and child-snatchers along the way, and perhaps together will learn the secrets to his mysterious past.
FC / 32 pgs / $3.99
PART-TIME PRINCESSES OGN [Oni Press]
Monica Gallagher (Writer/Artist)
Beautiful, popular, and adored by all, Courtney, Amber, Tiffany, and Michelle can’t wait to graduate and take their place among the world’s elite. But when all their future plans are ruined, the girls have only one back-up plan: working as costumed princesses at the local amusement park. Unfortunately, increased gang activity has driven away all but the most loyal of customers. With the park on the verge of closing, the girls resolve to fight back, bring back their adoring customers, save the amusement park they never wanted to work at, and maybe learn something about themselves along the way.
B&W / 168 pgs / $19.99
Welcome to the King, Dynamite’s reboot of classic King Features newspaper strip heroes!
Each #1 is: FC / 32 pgs / $3.99
KING: FLASH GORDON #1 [Dynamite]
Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (Writers) • Lee Ferguson (Artist)
“He’s nothing but a man!”” Uncanny planets and enormous explosions and furious holograms and impossible bravery and galactic heists and savage guerillas and mysterious flobotanim and massive hangovers and grinning impossibility! get pumped for astounding fun!
KING: MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN #1 [Dynamite]
Roger Langridge (Writer) • Jeremy Treece (Artist)
“It’s time to put on a show!” Impossible trickery and demonic destruction and heartbreaking villainy and witch doctoring and global catastrophe and smirking sleight-of-hand and dapper determination!
KING: PRINCE VALIANT #1 [Dynamite]
Nate Cosby (Writer) • Ron Salas (Artist)
“I’ll dare any adventure!” Brawling knights and Arthurian adversaries and mystical meddling and courageous chivalry and serpentine sorcery and withering valor and time-shifting adventurers and catastrophic confidence!
KING: THE PHANTOM #1 [Dynamite]
Brian Clevinger (Writer) • Brent Schoonover (Artist)
“What is The Phantom?” Two-fisted scrapping and rugged courage and unstoppable purpose and daring infiltration and breakneck combat and indestructible legacy and ghosts — who — walk! Prepare yourself for bulletproof brawling!
KING: JUNGLE JIM #1 [Dynamite]
Paul Tobin (Writer) • Sandy Jarrell (Artist)
“He is the forest!” Rustic wars and bestial bluster and unforgiving terrain and impossible origins and enigmatic abilities and creepy domiciles and really really really weird monkeys!
IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 [Valiant]
Fred Van Lente (Writer) • Clayton Henry (Artist)
Prehistoric empires! Dystopian futures! And everywhere in between! The past, present, and future of our universe are about to meet an untimely end, and only the mysterious Ivar Anni-Padda can prevent all three from collapsing in on themselves. Unstuck in time, and pursued by enemies simultaneously across every moment of his time-lost life, can the man called Timewalker save everything that ever was, is, and will be? Get ready for a clock-stopping odyssey into the distant past and far future as the most unlikely Valiant hero of all leaps into his first history-ripping mini-series adventure!?
FC / 32 pgs / $3.99
SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART REVISED HC ED
Arlen Schumer (Writer/Designer) • Various (Artists)
The Silver Age of Comic Book Art is a coffee-table comic and art history book written and designed by comic book historian and illustrator Arlen Schumer. This edition is completely redesigned and reformatted to make it exactly what Schumer envisioned he always wanted it to be. By creating a comic book history that reads like a comic book, Schumer succeeds spectacularly in making you see, as if for the first time, the comics you’ve been reading your whole life. The greatest comic book artists of their generation, who created some of their greatest work during the Silver Age of Comics (circa 1956-1970) are included in this body of work: Carmine Infantino, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Jim Steranko, and Neal Adams!
The best book yet created examining comic book art of the Silver Age!
FC / 192 pgs / $49.99
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