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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Action/Adventure

Time to check out some upcoming action & adventure titles that caught my eye in the order forms!


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.

LEGACY OF MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN #1

(W) Erica Schultz (A) Diego Giribaldi, Juan Pablo Massa (CA) Amelia Vidal


King Features, Red 5 Comics, and StoneBot Studios cast a spell this October as they present a new take on the classic comic strip Mandrake The Magician in an all-new comic book series! Mandy Paz is by all appearances an ordinary teenager just trying to make her way through high school. If she seems like she's going out of her way to avoid attention, that's because she's hiding a big secret-she has powerful magical talents. So, when strange and sinister things start happening in her small town, Mandy decides to take action. And on her quest to chase down the root of the town's trouble she just might discover the truth about her own legacy.

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Why this caught my eye:

Every few years the King catalog of characters pop back up and sometimes we get some real winners (Jeff Parker & Doc Shaner's Flash Gordon). Red5/Stonebot is an interesting new home (perhaps we'll also see a new Phantom as well), and I enjoyed Giribaldi's art on Stonebot's Xira title.

AFTERLIFT TP

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Jason Loo


2020 EISNER AWARD WINNER FOR BEST DIGITAL SERIES!

Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell. This Eisner Award-winning series from Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Daredevil) and Jason Loo (The Pitiful Human-Lizard) features car chases, demon bounty hunters, and figuring out your place in this world and the next.


Collects Afterlift #1-#5 along with all covers and a sketchbook section.

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Why this caught my eye:

It's Zdarsky, he pretty much gets a perpetual free pass from me. This sounds fun and silly and hey, it won an Eisner.

USAGI YOJIMBO ORIGINS TP VOL 01

(W) Stan Sakai (A/CA) Stan Sakai


Presenting the complete saga of rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi from the very beginning, in new, definitive color editions!


Before his journey as a wandering, masterless samurai (ronin) began, Usagi underwent intense training under a mountain hermit, Katsuichi-Sensei, taking his first steps down the path of the warrior. Eventually, that path leads him to the pivotal battle of Adachigahara, which serves as the impetus for the host of amazing tales to come.


Collected in full color as never before, discover-or rediscover-the critical origin of Stan Sakai's most beloved character as he tells his story, setting the stage for the decades-long epic that follows.


Collects IDW's Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #1-7, which present 1987's "Samurai" storyline in color for the first time.

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Why this caught my eye:

I'm always torn with things like this and Bone. I already have the b&w version and I really like those, but the coloring is really nice as well. You should probably take it as an indication of quality that I'm debating about how many versions of this series I need to own. Because I also have the nice Fantagraphics slipcase HC set and seriously, why do I even bother to have money at any point.

HAPPY HOUR #1

(W) Peter Miligan (A/CA) Michael Montenat


First issue! In future America, being happy isn't just a right-it's the law. While the Joy Police brutally enforce the cheery code, two young people go on the run, searching for a haven of melancholy where they can safely bask in the blues. A timely tale by superstar writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Prisoner) and artist Michael Montenat (Dominion, Hellraiser Annual). All AHOY titles feature extras: prose, pictures, and, perhaps, poems!

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Why this caught my eye:

I have such a hard time figuring out what genres some of these books are at times, so while this is kind of a social-political thriller or a dystopian sci-fi, I guess it sort of fits here just as well. I'm not the biggest fan of Milligan but the concept sounds good and Ahoy has been putting out some interesting stuff as of late.

DEATH SQUAD TP

(W) Alan Hebden (A) Carlos Ezquerra, Eric Bradbury


Meet the deadliest band of fighters on the Eastern Front! During World War II the Eastern Front was hell on Earth. German Punishment Battalions were thrown into the thick of the conflict where they were expected to fight well and die hard. In these harshest of conditions only the strongest warriors survived. Enter the Death Squad - Grandad, Swede, Licker, Gus, and Frankie. Alone they were failures and outcasts, but together they were one of the most formidable combat units the Soviets ever faced! SEP201391


Why this caught my eye:

I can guess why Garth Ennis would be into a title about a bunch of German no-hopers on the Eastern Front, so while I don't usually bother with too many war comics (unless they're by Ennis) this could be pretty interesting. It also has the benefit of having Carlos Ezquerra on art, and I grew to love his work through, you guessed it, a bunch of Garth Ennis war comics.

That does it for this round! Next up we'll focus on some more all-ages and YA books!

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