Arriving 12/19/2018

Arriving 12/19/2018

Interesting week: there are usual hits like BATMAN and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, etc., but not a real ton of outstanding looking new launches. In fact, I need to push a little hard to come up with a new installment of Grant Morrison's KLAUS AND THE CRYING SNOWMAN. Or maybe you want something more like LIVEWIRE #1? THe cover on that is nice, at least, though I'm shocked (get it?) that DC hasn't issued a cease-and-desist? Or maybe you want to see nazi-fighting in FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1? What about books? The best-thing for the week is LAZARETTO (also a Graphic Novel Club selection for January!), but plenty of people will be looking for the new AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER volume (IMBALANCE), and while I haven't read it yet, FLEM from Conundrum at least has an intriguing cover! See what else might be waiting for you below the cut....

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Arriving 12/12/2018

Arriving 12/12/2018

It’s another big week for comics, so much so there are six things I want to mention above the fold: first and foremost, there’s the launch of the new MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN series — I saw a sneak of the new “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” animated film, which is a Miles story through and through and one of the best pieces about comics that I have ever watched, really celebrating the fun and the form of comics. I’ll also point you towards the “fan favorite” BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 and Ben & Alicia’s nuptials in the FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL. Also worth a look: the amazingly named CTHU-LOUISE, more seasonal fun with JINGLE BELLE, and the newest vertigo launch of GODDESS MODE. Much much more after the cut!

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Arriving 11/28/2018

Arriving 11/28/2018

Its one of those nice weeks where there are lots of solid midlist comics, but maybe not a lot of obvious hits. Let’s see if the comments sections proves me right? The “big book” is probably HEROES IN CRISIS #3, but when we’re looking for new launches, I’m the most curious about the published-by-IDW’s middle reader Marvel comics starting this week with MARVEL ACTION SPIDER-MAN #1 — so so weird that they licensed this out to compete with their own books. And Marvel themselves has IRONHEART #1 launching this week. On the book side, the clear winner of the recommendation derby is Mike Carey & Peter Gross’ HIGHEST HOUSE, but maybe I could also interest you in Garth Ennis’ A WALK THROUGH HELL or Brian Woods’ SWORD DAUGHTER? Much much more after that cut, yo!

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Arriving 11/21/2018

Arriving 11/21/2018

Interesting week just before the holiday: I think the comic that looks best to me is the first issue of SMOOTH CRIMINALS from Boom! Studios, but I’m also fairly intrigued by AMERICAN CARNAGE #1 as all of the recent new Vertigo launches have been pretty solid. And for the absurd pick, let’s go with PICKLE RICK? In terms of books, my bookshelf is going to receive a copy of IMMORTAL HULK — it sure works as a horror comic. I also very much liked the whimsical FLAVOR TP, and if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I thoroughly recommend you grab a copy of BRAT PACK, newly reissued. This and much more awaits you after the cut!

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Arriving 11/14/2018

Arriving 11/14/2018

Ooh, some interesting comics this week. I think the lead story is FIREFLY #1, but I know others are surely think its going to be the return of UNCANNY X-MEN #1. There’s also something that at least looks neat from the cover in THE TERRIBLE ELIZABETH DUMN AGAINST THE DEVILS IN SUITS. On the book side of the table, the “Starman” pastiche DOCTOR STAR is damn lovely, while the world can surely always use another volume of Don Rosa’s UNCLE SCROOGE? Or what if we celebrate thirty years of SANDMAN with the new edition of the first SANDMAN collection: v2 THE DOLL’S HOUSE (which is only 29 years old, haha — and yes, v2 was released BEFORE v1). All this and SO MUCH MORE is down below the cut!

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Arriving 11/7/2018

Arriving 11/7/2018

Welcome to November! We kick off the month the the eagerly anticipated (at least by me) GREEN LANTERN #1 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp. We also have the second issue of Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel’s awesome BLACKBIRD, woo! And for more new launches we also have the first issue of the 13th DOCTOR WHO, among another half dozen or so. For book format comics, we strongly recommend NORROWAY v1 by Kit & Cat Seaton (It is next month’s Kid’s club pick!), and love the classic comics pick of DOCTOR OF HORROR featuring the amazing art of Graham Ingels, as well as Tom Gauld’s SNOOTY BOOKSTORE POSTCARDS. All of this, and much much more lies below the cut!!

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Arriving 10/31/18

Arriving 10/31/18

OOOOOOOOOOH! New Comics Day is on Halloween! Spooooooky! That means a lot of Halloweeen-themed comics shipping… though that’s slightly goofy, because most of these will have very little demand starting on November 1st. That’s comics publishers for you! I know I’m excited to read Scott Snyder & Jock’s WYTCHES: BAD EGG SPECIAL, while Vertigo’s newest is HEX WIVES by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo and Ahoy Comics gives us the horror/humor anthology of EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR. On the book side our big thrill is Steve Skroce’s MAESTROS, followed hella closely by Ed Piskor’s second volume of retro X-Men in SECOND GENESIS. Finally, while it’s not a book, we really like the look of that MISTER MIRACLE TOUR SHIRT. Allllll of this, and much more, under the cut!

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Arriving 10/17/18

Arriving 10/17/18

I always think its a great week when my favorite periodical is released (have I said lately? That would be KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE!), but there are some fine new releases this week, including SHURI #1, by Nnedi Okorafor & Leonardo Romero, expanding the Black Panther universe, EXORSISTERS #1, by Ian Boothby & the amazing Gisele Lagace, while some will be excited by the relaunch of THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1, by Jeremy Whitley & Gurihiru or by LUCIFER #1 by Dan Waters & Max and Sebastian Fiumara . Look at the full list below the cut to see if there’s something that excites YOU!

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Arriving 10/10/18

Arriving 10/10/18

Relatively small week, with a number of mid-level books — but no real obvious stand-out hit. I guess this week’s recommendation would be either the decades-old FROM HELL, now being re-released in color for the first time, or the newest Brubaker/Phillips joint, the original graphic novel MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES. Look under the cut for all of this week’s books!

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Arriving 10/3/18

Arriving 10/3/18

The book of the week is a big tie. On the one hand, there is Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel’s BLACKBIRD #1; on the other, you have the long-awaited return of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba to UMBRELLA ACADEMY! Most DC Universe books this week have shiny foil covers, as part of a new month-long promotion. Same insides, though. There’s also a TON of new #1s…. I had to count twice when I saw it was TWENTY-THREE titles. Harder to see who will buy those books when they stack like cordwood? Check under the cut for allll of the releases!

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Arriving 9/26/2018

Arriving 9/26/2018

This week’s big book is probably HEROES IN CRISIS #1 by Tom King and Clay Mann, addressing murder and PTSD in the DC Universe. Sounds dark! But we’ve also got the new 13th Doctor Who’s “0th” comic book, the first issue of GAMMA by Erick Freitas & Ulises Farinas, a new mini-series for FAITH, Chelsea Cain’s first issue of MAN-EATERS, and the comics launch of STRANGER THINGS. That’s not even counting the newest SAGA TP, a new DC SUPERHERO GIRLS volume, and, nice, new Moebius comics for America. Sounds like there is a comic for everyone this week! Scope the list and tell us what YOU think looks good, just below the cut!

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Arriving 9/19/18

Arriving 9/19/18

This weeks most asked for book has absolutely have to be BATMAN DAMNED, as not only the launch of the highly anticipated experimental new mature reader imprint DC BLACK LABEL but also a return of the popular pairing of Brian Azzarello and Lee Bremejo.

Plus, the penultimate MISTER MIRACLE, the second act of CODA, more DAYS OF HATE, the second issue of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ PEARL and so much more!

Check the cut to find out what else!

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Arriving 9/5/18

Arriving 9/5/18

September is starting slow, but there is the first of the SANDMAN UNIVERSE titles, post introductory one-shot with THE DREAMING from Si Spurrier and Bilquis Evely. Plus some continuing favorites with NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL, IMMORTAL HULK, the return of SNOTGIRL after a healthy hiatus and the next of Brian Michael Bendis' line of creator owned efforts with COVER with long David Mack.

More, of course, after the cut

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Arriving 8/29/18

Arriving 8/29/18

One last time around the block for August. The biggest new things is probably the RICK & MORTY & DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, which mostly is exciting because it is the kind of title an English editor probably would have an aneurysm if it came across their desk. Also, yes, I know it is VS but I am willing to bet that was the editor being like "I don't want to go to the hospital today, sir."

Otherwise some of our favorites come in late this month! We have NEW WORLD, MODERN FANTASY, MOON KNIGHT, ISOLA and it is TECHNICALLY a #1 there is an issue of SCARLET from Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev this week and is actually no where near an actual first issue but is very likely still the best thing Bendis has ever written.

Look at the cut and see what else is happening this week!

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Arriving 8/22/18

Arriving 8/22/18

I sincerely hope I am not in the minority when I say that the book I am most excited about, not only this week but in general, is WEST COAST AVENGERS! If you had been reading the HAWKEYE book Kelly Thompson was writing this is where you go next, but everyone should read it really.

Plus BEASTS OF BURDEN returns alongside new DAYS OF HATE, Matt Rosenberg gets back to basics with PUNISHER and if you do not shop at a store that doesn't order things that aren't available through Diamond you absolutely have to get TONGUES from Anders Nilsen now that Fantagraphics is distributing it.

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Arriving 8/1/18

Arriving 8/1/18

There is a part of me that thinks it's really cool when a Wednesday lands on the first of the month, so this week is already pretty good to me. But there are also some pretty good comics coming your way.

In addition to things that are just month in month out great like BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, MISTER MIRACLE and STRAY BULLETS there is the FINAL(!?) issue of SHADE THE CHANGING WOMAN, one of the most exciting and freshest comics of the last few years, and the debut of SEEDS from Anne Nocenti and David Aja from Dark Horse/Berger Books.

Check the cut for all the other cool things coming on the first of August!

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