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Upcoming Comics Spotlight

Welcome to another spotlight for new and interesting books soon to be released!

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019).

Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(W) Derf Backderf (A) Derf Backderf (CA) Derf

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its own children-a shocking event burned into our national memory. A few days prior, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw those same Guardsmen patrolling his nearby hometown, sent in by the governor to crush a trucker strike. Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart. JUL200951

Why this caught my eye:

This project has been delayed a few times, most recently due to Covid 19. Considering our current political climate, it's an interesting piece of history to focus on. As I mentioned last week, there is a wealth of bio, autobio, and journalistic comics we should be taking advantage of these days.



The devil gets his due as demonically powered super-villains wreak havoc in this 25th-anniversary edition of the classic DC event! Neron, the ruler of hell, makes DC's villains-and heroes-an offer they can't refuse, dangling serious power upgrades at the cost of their souls. Who will say yes? Who will say no? And will the DC Universe ever be the same? Collects Underworld Unleashed #1-3, Underworld Unleashed: Abyss-Hell's Sentinel #1, Underworld Unleashed: Apokolips-Dark Uprising #1, Underworld Unleashed: Batman-Devil's Asylum #1, and Underworld Unleashed: Patterns of Fear #1.

Why this caught my eye:

Listen, I'm not going to say this is great or even good. It's been 25 years so I certainly have my nostalgia glasses on for it. It was Grant Morrrison's Justice League and this that got me into DC, and hey it's a Mark Waid script on the main story so it's actually pretty solid. It made for a fairly self-contained little event and I miss that sort of stuff.



(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jacen Burrows

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war... The saga of WARHAMMER 40,000 comes to Marvel Comics! MARNEUS CALGAR, the legendary Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, leads his elite Space Marines against humanity's greatest threats in a galaxy engulfed in endless war. Kieron Gillen (UNCANNY X-MEN, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, The Wicked + The Divine) spearheads the initiative with this introductory miniseries, illustrated by Jacen Burrows (PUNISHER: SOVIET, MOON KNIGHT, Crossed)--and we're just getting started! Now, witness Marneus Calgar's never-before-told origin story, from his beginnings on Nova Thulium, to his campaigns in the Black Crusades, and to the unfolding mystery of the BLACK ALTAR, as a deadly threat from his past reemerges to threaten the present of the Ultramar system. This all-new tale is essential reading for 40K aficionados, as well as the perfect primer to the world of WARHAMMER 40,000 for those new to the universe.  See the Ultramarines in glorious combat, the strife between the worlds of the Imperium, and witness the larger than life characters who preside over it all!  This is but the first foray into the larger darkness that is to come from Warhammer and Marvel Comics. Be prepared. AUG200659

Why this caught my eye:

Warhammer, Kieron Gillen, Jacen Burrows, and Marvel are four things/people that I never would have thought to see mentioned in the same sentence at the same time, so I'm mostly just curious.



(W) Dan Panosian (A) Marianna Ignazzi

* Not all the witches burned during the Salem Witch Trials - and the ones that survived did so together. Now, generations later, their descendants protect the ancient secrets entrusted to them. They call themselves the Ravens. * Wilma is the new girl in school, and she plans to go completely unnoticed - except that she bears an eerie resemblance to the Raven member Waverly. And Waverly just went missing. * But the truth behind Waverly's disappearance will put the entire coven in danger - and Wilma will have to rely on power she never knew she had if she wants to save her new friends. * Writer Dan Panosian (Slots) and artist Marianna Ignazzi present a supernatural mystery, perfect for fans of The Marked and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019).

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Why this caught my eye:

The variant cover above is what initially pulled me in, and I do like Panosian. After doing some research on Ignazzi's art I find that I really like her style.



(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Michael Walsh

* The critically acclaimed Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Ghosts celebrates four mythic tales of when ghosts haunted the Earth, inspired by folklore from around the world and told in the spirit of Jim Henson's beloved television series.

* Featuring an array of styles and stories by some of today's most original talent, including Michael Walsh (Black Hammer/Justice League), Márk Lászl (Hellboy: Winter Special), Jennifer Rostowksy, and VER, this stunning hardcover edition also includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the process and care taken in adapting each of the these timeless tales.


Why this caught my eye:

These Storyteller books from boom are always well done, but since it's an anthology it's always uneven. This one caught my eye because chapter two is about an Ahp (or penanggalan in Malaysia) with art by Jennifer Rostowsky, so it has something I'm specifically interested in seeing.



(W) Dav Pilkey (A/CA) Dav Pilkey

The next great Dog Man adventure from the worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey. The Supa Buddies bamboozled the baddies, but all's not right in the world. Dog Man has a new problem to pound, and he's going to need his entire pack to help him. Will he go barking up the wrong tree? You'll howl with laughter! Available in softcover and hardcover editions.


Why this caught my eye:

It's always worth pointing out a new Dogman because it is the best selling comic in the world.



(W) B. Clay Moore (A/CA) Stephen Molnar

Amara Bishop is a newly single mother with a long-buried past. Raised by an alcoholic father in a rundown trailer, Amara was a child when she learned to kill. And she hasn't killed anyone since she was thirteen. When her aging mentor is murdered, and her daughter is threatened, that will soon change...

An unlikely assassin in a deadly game of cat and mouse, brought to you by B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Battle Hymn) and Stephan Molnar (Imaginary Fiends, Star Trek).


Why this caught my eye:

I like to check on B. Clay Moore from time to time, and Molnar's art looks solid. Sounds like an interesting crime series set-up.



(W) Max Bemis (A/CA) Eryk Donovan

Bill may be dead, but he's got a job to do. Welcome to the Big Wait, where folks who do't quite make the cut go to work off their debt. Everyone in the Wait's got a job. Bill is a Heavy, whose job is policing the multiverse, making sure bad eggs get what's coming to them. He's on track to earn his Climb and reunite with the woman he loves... until he meets his new partner: the worst dude of all time. Heavy is The Punisher for neurotics; Inception for the impatient; Preacher for... well, it's a lot like Preacher. Max Bemis and Eryk Donovan bring you a story about the existential purpose of dumb boys with big guns.


Why this caught my eye:

I just really like Max Bemis. His Oh Killstrike and Centipede were a lot of fun.


Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Deluxe 2020 Edition

Legendary writer Alan Moore's seminal Superman tales are collected in this Deluxe Edition hardcover in which the Man of Steel faces his greatest foes and his final battle with the combined forces of Brainiac and Lex Luthor! Also featuring the classic story "For the Man who has Everything" from Superman Annual #11 in which Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman fight the evil warlord Mongul for the fate of The Man of Steel, as illustrated by Moore's Watchmen collaborator, artist Dave Gibbons. And in a tale from DC Comics Presents #85, Superman meets Swamp Thing, a character fans have identified with Moore for over 20 years!

Why this caught my eye:

It's always worth pointing this collection out whenever it's reprinted for anyone who has possibly missed these stories.



(W) Natalie Riess (A) Sara Goetter

A middle-grade graphic novel about a gang of adorable animal friends on a D&D style dungeon crawl.

Quests! Plots! Evil Plants! Magic and mayhem!

Join a tight-knit squad of animal companions on a wild adventure investigating a sinister botanical conspiracy among the furry nobility. Motivated by rivalries, a strong moral compass, and a lust for adventure, the critters navigate not only perils and dangers of the natural world, but also perils and dangers . . . of the heart! Their journey takes them through haunted dungeons, swamps, and high society balls, and brings them closer together as friends.


Why this caught my eye:

It just looks adorable.


That does it for this batch!


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