Flying Below the Radar: April 2014

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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 April they’re ordering the things that they’ll be selling in June.

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.

I’ll point out stuff here each month that catches my eye and I typically do 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.

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CREDIT: Dark Horse Comics

The Guns of Shadow Valley HC (Dark Horse)
Dave Wachter (W/A/Cover) and James Andrew Clark (W )
HC, 12″ x 8″
Somewhere in Shadow Valley lies a secret that could forever change the frontier. Only a posse of gunmen with special abilities can defend that secret from a tribe of ghostly warriors, an advancing army led by a deranged colonel, and the perils of the valley itself.
• Art by 2012 Russ Manning Award nominee Dave Wachter (Breath of Bones)!
HC 240 pages  $24.99

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CREDIT: Dark Horse Comics                    CREDIT: DC Comics + Dynamite Entertainment

The Goon: One For the Road (Dark Horse)
Eric Powell (W/A)
Goon and Franky meet a sailor on the hunt for his buddy . . . but trouble ensues when the trio go bar to bar in genre-hopping pursuit.
Revenge—what better way than to have a cover by one of the greatest humor cartoonists of all time, JACK DAVIS!

BATMAN ‘66 MEETS GREEN HORNET #1 (DC/Dynamite)
Written by KEVIN SMITH and RALPH GARMAN
Art by TY TEMPLETON
In 1967, television history was made when two masked crime fighters met in a historic crossover. Now, superstar filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor/comedian Ralph Garman join forces with artist Ty Templeton (BATMAN ’66) to bring these two iconic characters and their famous partners together again. Set in the continuity of that earlier team-up, Batman, The Green Hornet, Robin and Kato must go up against a very different General (formerly Colonel) Gumm. What crime could be so deadly as to force these rivals to put aside their differences and join forces again? And what surprise does Gumm have up his sticky sleeve?

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CREDIT: IDW Publishing

Winterworld #1 (IDW)
Chuck Dixon (w ) • Butch Guice (a & c)
Winter is coming early! All new stories based on the Chuck Dixon/Jorge Zaffino classic! The apocalyptic international comics sensation of an Earth turned to an icy hell is back with Dixon returning to script and Butch Guice doing some of the best work of his illustrious artistic career as they take on the bleak and frozen future. Follow Scully and Wynn from their icy home of Wintersea into a killing wasteland where the coldest place is the human heart.

Chicacabra OGN (IDW)
Tom Beland (w & a & c)
Tom Beland, creator of the multiple Eisner-nominated series True Story, Swear to God, returns with an all-new graphic novel. Heads will roll in 2014 when the world gets a taste of CHICACABRA! In Puerto Rico, there is a girl, Isabel Sanchez, who could be like any other girl you see in high school… except for the creature who lives inside of her that’s a ruthless killing machine. Chupacabras, Vejigantes, fistfights, and weed!
B&W • 200 pages • $17.99

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CREDIT: Image Comics

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1 (IMAGE)
story: KIERON GILLEN
art / cover A & B: JAMIE MCKELVIE & MATT WILSON
Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

WILDFIRE #1 (Image)
story: MATT HAWKINS
art / cover A: LINDA SEJIC
Is genetically modified food an end to world hunger or a first class ticket to the apocalypse? Dan Miller is a plant biologist working with a small team perfecting an accelerated plant growth process. When things go wrong, Los Angeles pays the price in a disaster story unlike any before.

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CREDIT: Valiant Entertainment

ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4) (Valiant)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
This summer, Earth will be the greatest hunt of all when VALIANT FIRST unleashes the first issue of 2014’s must-read crossover event – ARMOR HUNTERS.  A relentless and surgical strike team from the farthest reaches of space – sworn to exterminate the X-O Manowar armor and all like it – have finally found their last target. They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar’s incalculable destructive power…even if it means taking the Earth with it.

In the tradition of the universe-shaking HARBINGER WARS, Valiant’s biggest heroes begin the summer’s blockbuster 18-issue crossover event right here in Armor Hunters #1 (of 4) – and then launch the resistance against the world’s first full-scale cosmic threat with new arcs beginning in Unity #8 and X-O Manowar #26 in June; and Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 (of 3) and Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (of 3) beginning in July!

*RETAILERS BE ADVISED: Due to the lead time needed to produce chromium, Armor Hunters Chromium Editions will be available in robust but limited quantities set prior to solicitation, and orders may be allocated.
READERS: It’s a good idea to ask your store in ADVANCE if you’re going to want a chromium cover.

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CREDIT: Action Lab Entertainment   CREDIT: Archie Comics

SKYWARD #10 (Action Lab)
Writer/Artist: Jeremy Dale
As the smoke clears from the massive attack on Three Rivers last issue, Quinn finds a new path with a new, unexpected ally!  This issue serves as a GREAT JUMPING-ON POINT for new readers as a new chapter begins in the lives of our heroes–and to celebrate, it’s only a buck!  Not to be missed.

BETTY & VERONICA #272 (Archie)
Writer: Michael Uslan
Artist: Bob Smith and various
Goodbye — Betty & Veronica? The time has come for Riverdale to say farewell to two of America’s most beloved teens! How will their friends, family, and especially Archie cope? How will Betty & Veronica handle life when they’re separated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known? Find out what happens in the groundbreaking and tear-jerking “The Beginning of the End,” Part 1!

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CREDIT: Dynamite Entertainment                   CREDIT: Titan Comics

DOC SAVAGE ARCHIVES VOL. 1: THE CURTIS MAGAZINE ERA HC (Dynamite)
Writer: Doug Moench
Artists: John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga, Ernie Chan
The Man of Bronze is back with a vengeance! In this brand new archival edition, the harrowing adventures of Doc Savage return straight from the 1970’s, fully remastered and ready for action. This book is a must have for any and all fans of Doc Savage and his Fabulous Five, some of the best Doc Savage comics ever. Revisit the classic Curtis magazine issues 1 through 8 and relive the glory days of the Man of Bronze.
500 pages, $49.99

Sally Of The Wasteland #1 (of 4) (Titan Comics)
Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Tazio Bettin
Southern Louisiana, 82 years after the Fall. The apocalypse has come and gone, leaving behind a withered, ravaged landscape of wreckage and mutant crawfish. Still, you gotta laugh, and Sally does, often using her beloved shotgun, Bertha, as the punchline!
Inspired more by lust than common sense, and by a teenage desire to protect Tommy, the object of her desires, Sally leaves her bar job and joins the deranged crew of the Mississippi Duchess on a mission into the remains of New Orleans.

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One Response to Flying Below the Radar: April 2014

  1. Thanks for sharing very useful.

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