Flying Below the Radar: June 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 June they’re ordering the things that they’ll be selling in August.

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.

This month there were several very fun looking “all ages” types of books that many comic shops tend to skip unless you order them explicitly, as well as some very cool (but very high priced) Artist’s Edition type books, now coming out from multiple publishers.  These cost a pretty penny but are FAR cheaper than even a single page of Original Art and are a great way to admire the work of favorite artists at full original size exactly as the artists originally drew them on the art boards.

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CREDIT: Abstract Studio                         CREDIT: Archie Comics

SIP KIDS #1 (Abstract Studio)
Written, art and cover by Terry Moore.
They’re back! The Strangers of Paradise gang returns in their first all-new, full-color story since 2007 — as 6-year-olds! Francine and Katchoo comb the neighborhood for a missing peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but Darcy bribes Tambi to find it first and every suspect reeks of PB&J. Meanwhile, the mysterious “Kissing Bandit” seems unusually fixated on Francine, and Casey launches an all-out attack on David’s “No Girls” treehouse.
B&W, 24 pages, $4.99 (Aug 2014)

BETTY & VERONICA #272 (Archie Comics)
Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Farewell … Betty & Veronica?! The time has come for Riverdale to say goodbye 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!
FC, 32-pages, $3.99

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CREDIT: BOOM! Studios                         CREDIT: BOOM! Studios

FAIRY QUEST: OUTCASTS #1 (BOOM! Studios)
(Writer) Paul Jenkins (Artist) Humberto Ramos
IT’S BACK! We all grew up reading fairy tales. We all love fairy tales! But if you enjoy your fairy tales with a twist like Fables, Fairest, or Once Upon a Time, FAIRY QUEST is the perfect series for you. The adventures of Red and Mister Woof have only just begun. In Fablewood, all of the stories that have ever been told live side ­by­ side. But it is an evil place, overseen by the awful Mister Grimm and his cadre of Think Police. Red and Woof want to escape to a world where their friendship isn’t prohibited, but nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead in the Dark Forest.
FC, 32pgs $3.99

HEXED #1 (BOOM! Studios)
(Writer) Michael Alan Nelson (Artist) Dan Mora
Bringing back the fan­ favorite HEXED for another dive into the depths of the Aether with an ongoing series!
Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves (most people just call her “Lucifer”) is a supernatural thief­ for ­hire, stealing wondrous objects from the dark denizens of the netherworld for her mentor/mother figure, Val Brisendine. But when Lucifer accidentally unleashes a terrible evil from one of the paintings hanging in Val’s art gallery, will any of the tricks up her sleeve be enough to stop it?
FC, 32pgs $3.99

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CREDIT: BOOM! Studios                                    CREDIT: Oni Press

THE COLLECTOR HC (BOOM! Studios)
(Writer/Artist) Sergio Toppi
The late Sergio Toppi remains one of the great master sequential artists whose work inspired a generation of illustrators and comic artists who followed him. The Collector is Toppi’s longest­ running original series, now translated into English for the first time since its debut in 1984. Toppi’s breathtaking line work and composition will leave you staring at his pages for hours. While this oversized edition serves as much as an art book as a comic, the adventures of the globe­ scouring, daredevil Collector will appeal to fans of adventure comics as well.
Far from the auction halls of the elite, The Collector seeks out rare and mysterious artifacts across the world. He is at home in the salons of Paris as he is in the jungles of Borneo. Set against the backdrop of late 19th­ century colonialism, The Collector is a delightful, swashbuckling adventure!
HC, 9×11, 256pgs, B&W $29.99

METEOR MEN GN (Oni Press)
Written by Jeff Parker, art/cover by Sandy Jarrell and Kevin Volo
On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more–the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden keep humanity from oblivion? A story of adolescence, friendship and hard decisions.
128 pages, $19.99

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CREDIT: Dynamite Entertainment         CREDIT: Dynamite Entertainment

CAPTAIN VICTORY AND THE GALACTIC RANGERS #1 (Dynamite)
(Writer) Joe Casey (Artists) Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg, Ulises Farinas
Joe Casey (one of the industries most popular writers) is tackling a Jack Kirby’s creation from late in The King’s career; Captain victory! And this story will Blow! Your! Mind!
Out of the hell of a cosmic firefight, Captain victory is launched into an epic adventure that spans both space and time! All your favorites are here–as well as all-new enemies to face! your new favorite cosmic comic book has finally arrived!
FC, 32pgs $3.99

TERMINAL HERO #1 (Dynamite)
(Writer) Peter Milligan (Artist) Piotr Kowalski
Peter Milligan (Shade: The Changing Man, Hellblazer) is taking on Terminal Hero!
Rory Fletcher is a good man. The problem is, he’s dying of an inoperable brain tumor. And then his best friend introduces him to the mysterious Treatment Q. This strange and forbidden therapy might just save Rory’s life. But its nightmarish side effects could make him question just how good he really is, and just how much he really does want to live.
FC, 32pgs $2.99

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CREDIT: IDW Publishing                          CREDIT: IDW Publishing

LITTLE NEMO: RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #1 (IDW)
Eric Shanower (Writer) • Gabriel Rodriguez (Artist)
An all-new, all-ages series full of magic and whimsy from award-winning creators Eric Shanower (Adventures in Oz) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)! Spinning out of Winsor McKay’s brilliant early 20th century strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland sees King Morpheus’ daughter, in the Royal Palace of Slumberland, select her next-playmate: Nemo! Only Nemo has no interest in being anyone’s playmate, dream or no dream!
FC, 32 pages, $3.99

WALTER SIMONSON’S MANHUNTER & OTHER STORIES: ARTIST’S EDITION HC (IDW)
Archie Goodwin, Steve Gerber & more (Writer) • Walter Simonson (Artist)
Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson was one of the most acclaimed series’ of the 1970s, winning numerous awards along the way—not bad for a backup feature that only ran seven episodes! This Artist’s Edition presents the original run of Manhunter, as well as a classic Batman story, Dr. Fate, Metal Men, and Captain Fear tales. A wealth of classic material by a classic artist, and with nearly every page shot from the gorgeous original art, courtesy of the Simonson’s personal archives!
HC, BW, 176 Pages • 12” x 17”
• What is an Artist’s Edition?
• AN ARTIST’S EDITION PRESENTS COMPLETE STORIES WITH EACH PAGE SCANNED FROM THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL ART.  While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

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CREDIT: Valiant Entertainment            CREDIT: Image Comics

HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3) (Valiant)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
“It matters not how man dies, but how he lives.”
The team has been shattered and a teenage Renegade lies dead – a victim of the Harbinger Foundation led by omega-powered psionic Toyo Harada. This is the story of what happens next. Out of the ashes of Harbinger #25, find out what happens when the full extent of Harada’s secret empire is exposed to the public, and just the how the surviving members of the Renegades recover from a catastrophic loss that has changed their lives… their team… and their destinies forever.
FC, $3.99, 32 pages

DISPLACED PERSONS OGN (Image)
story: DEREK McCULLOCH         art/cover: ANTHONY PERUZZO
San Francisco, the twentieth century: In 1939, a private detective searches for a missing heiress. In 1969, twin brothers approach a drug heist from opposite sides of the law. And in 1999, a woman slowly comes to realize the terrible danger she faces in her own home. From the Eisner-nominated writer Derek McCulloch (STAGGER LEE, Gone To Amerikay) and artist ANTHONY PERUZZO comes DISPLACED PERSONS, a riveting tale of murder, love, crime, friendship, betrayal, and just the slightest bit of time travel.
FC, 168 PAGES, $17.99

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CREDIT: Image Comics                               CREDIT: Image Comics

GENIUS #1-5 [Weekly in August] (Image)
story: ADAM FREEMAN & MARC BERNARDIN      art/cover: AFUA RICHARDSON
The Winner of Top Cow’s Pilot Season makes its triumphant return to print!
What if the greatest military mind of our generation was born to a people who are already supremely conditioned to wage war, who know nothing but violence since birth, and must continually adapt to new predators in order to survive? What if the second coming of Alexander the Great, of Genghis Khan, of Napoleon, of Patton…what if it was a teenaged girl from South Central, L.A. named Destiny? And what if she decides to secede three blocks of the ‘Hood from the Union? Who is going to take it back from her and her army of gangbangers? Who CAN? An action-packed tale of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge.
FC, 32 PAGES, $3.99

IMPERIAL #1 (Image)
story: STEVEN T. SEAGLE       art/cover: MARK DOS SANTOS
Mark is two weeks out from making the biggest decision of his life. But which big decision will it be? Taking the ring of the woman of his dreams and becoming a married man? Or taking the crown of the world’s only superhero and becoming the next Imperial? A buddy book with commitment issues.
FC, 32 PAGES, $2.99

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CREDIT: Titan Comics                             CREDIT: Black Mask Comics

13 COINS #1 (Titan Comics)
Writers: Martin Brennan & Michael B. Jackson Art: Simon Bisley
The story of John Pozner, a tormented ex-con on a quest for vengeance, when he discovers that he is descended from angels, and is the living key to Earth’s future, or Heaven’s fall.
FC, 32 pages, $3.99

LAST BORN #1 (Black Mask)
(Writer) Patrick Meaney (Artist) Eric Zawadzki
What if the Big Bang was not the first of its kind? And, more importantly, not the last? Her whole life, Julia has yearned for adventure, and when she falls through a rupture in spacetime, she finally gets her wish. This cosmological thrill-ride marks the comic writing debut of Patrick Meaney, director of Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods.
FC, 32 pages, $3.99

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CREDIT: Legendary Comics                    CREDIT: Action Lab

TOWER CHRONICLES: DREADSTALKER (Legendary)
(Writer) Matt Wagner (Artist) Simon Bisley
More Bisley!! These are the tales of John Tower: a supernatural bounty hunter who hunts and destroys the uncanny evils that haunt our world.
FC, 32 pages, $3.99

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS (Action Lab)
Writer/Artist: Martheus Wade
Marvin Cheveallier (Color assists)  Janet Wade (Ink assists)
Jishin 自信 (Confidence): 14 year-old ninja princess Shianndrea Toshigawa and her strike team have a new mission: spy on their rivals, the Azumi Ninja Clan, and discover what secret dealings they have with the evil Emperor of Japan. But when the plan goes awry and fellow ninja Hamasuke is captured, can Shianndrea overcome her lack of confidence and save him before it’s too late?
FC, 32 pgs, $3.99

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CREDIT: Dark Horse Comics                  CREDIT: Dark Horse Comics

DARK AGES #1 (of 4) (Dark Horse)
Dan Abnett (Writer) I. N. J. Culbard (Artist)
The medieval world is locked in war. As a godless mercenary company slogs across Europe in search of sustenance and coin, they encounter a demonic force born not of hell, but of somewhere else entirely!
FC, 40 pages, $3.99

ELFQUEST: THE ORIGINAL QUEST GALLERY EDITION HC (Dark Horse)
Wendy Pini (Writer/Artist) and Richard Pini (Writer)
ElfQuest continues to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages, as Chief Cutter and the Wolfriders battle savage humans, forge lasting alliances, and discover strange new lands in this ultimate fantasy adventure! This oversized gallery edition collects the first five issues of The Original Quest, “Fire and Flight.” Each page is carefully scanned from Wendy’s original art to capture every stroke and detail.
b&w, 176 pages, $125.00 HC, 12 1/8″ x 17″

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CREDIT: Dark Horse Comics                   CREDIT: Dark Horse Comics

POP #1 (of 4) (Dark Horse)
Curt Pires (Writer), Jason Copland (Artist)
What if the world’s pop stars and celebrities were literally products, grown by the world’s wealthiest (and most depraved) minds—and one of them escaped? As unique as it is entertaining, POP is a white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically tethered tragicomedy we call life.
FC, 32 pages, $3.99

CONCRETE PARK VOL 1: YOU SEND ME HC (Dark Horse)
Tony Puryear (Writer/Artist)      Erika Alexander (Writer)
Earth’s outcasts, exiled to a distant desert planet, will either destroy each other or create something new. Concrete Park Volume 1, a dark, sexy sci-fi saga by Tony Puryear (Eraser) and Erika Alexander, collects the acclaimed chapters from DHP into a “director’s cut” hardcover featuring new pages and bonus materials!
FC, 64 pages, $12.99 HC

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One Response to Flying Below the Radar: June 2014

  1. Kevyn Knox says:

    Some of these look quite intriguing. I wish I made more money so I could grab up all the titles I want. But, Milligan’s Terminal Hero will definitely be on my pull list com e August.

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