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  • Writer's pictureTrusty Henchman

Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Action/Adventure

This batch features the 40th anniversary of GI Joe comics, some Alex Toth reprints, a WWI tale, the complete Doug Moench's Aztec Ace, and a brand new Rocketeer adventure.



(W) Larry Hama (A) Various (CA) Larry Hama, Steve Leialoha

Celebrating 40 years of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comics, this giant-length special issue features 22 different fan-fave artists taking on the classic G.I. Joe: ARAH #21 (the original silent issue-"Silent Interlude"), including SL Gallant, Netho Diaz, Andrew Lee Griffith, and many more! Each artist will draw a single page of this seminal masterpiece in their own unique style, based on Living Legend Larry Hama's original layouts.

Additionally, the issue will contain stories and essays by creators who were influenced by Hama as well as a fourth wall-breaking short story written by Larry himself, celebrating his unparalleled four decades of work on G.I. Joe: ARAH.



Why this caught my eye:

A giant homage to the silent issue feels like kinda the single best idea for an anniversary book, so I'm surprised I can't find more info about it online like a complete list of artists involved. Still, a fun way to revisit a classic and celebrate the brand.



(A) Various, Alex Toth, Murphy Anderson

Available for the very first time in our handy SOFTEE format! But limited stock availability!

Packed full with work from the likes of Dan Barry, Ross Andru, John Prentice, Bob Powell, Pete Morisi, Alex Toth, Henry Sharp, Murphy Anderson, Gene Colan, George Tuska, Carmine Infantino, George Roussos, Ray Willner, Sol Brodsky and Frank Giacoia.

WEIRD THRILLERS VOL 1: ISSUE #1 - #5 September/October 1951 to October/November 1952


Why this caught my eye:

Hard to say no to rare Alex Toth work.



(W) Reid Beaman, Ryan Beaman (A) Reid Beaman

Maxwell Fox didn't know what he would witness in France. America had only been in the Great War since April 6, 1917. Nothing could have prepared him for the horrors that awaited him and the rest of the men of the 4th Infantry "Ivy" Division. As the Meuse-Argonne Offensive raged on, Maxwell became assigned to a unit of stretcher bearers, men who were tasked with running into harm's way to rescue their fallen brethren from the clutches of death. A dark and honest look at the bond of brotherhood during war, The Stretcher Bearers tells the unforgettable tale of a young soldier trying to save the lives of wounded soldiers and keep the men he'd formed a bond with alive.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm just generally curious about the stuff Dead Reckoning press is putting out. I've liked a handful of their books, and they're smart to pick up Garth Ennis war titles. I just find it distracting that as an imprint out of the publishing arm of the U.S. Naval Institute they decided to name themselves like a bad Canon action film from the 80's that would probably star Charles Bronson.



(W) Doug Moench (A) Various

The fifteen-issue run of Aztec Ace, created by Doug Moench, is finally collected here for the first time by IT'S ALIVE! and Dark Horse! Aztec Ace stars Caza (AKA Ace) as he travels between the Aztec Empire and his home in the 23rd century. Ace, along with his pupil Bridget Chronopolis and his navigator named Head, struggles to save his own dimension from time paradoxes created by his enemy, the mysterious Nine-Crocodile.

o Includes a new foreword by original series editor Cat Yronwode, a new introduction by Doug Moench, a bonus collaboration between Moench and Tim Sale, a star-studded pinup gallery, and more!


Why this caught my eye:

This is a series I always meant to check out but just never got around to it despite plenty of opportunities. Now I feel kind of obligated since DH has taken the time to pull together a nice HC presentation. Art credits include Michael Hernandez, Dan Day, and Thomas Yeates, plus a pin-up gallery with new artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz, ChrisCross, Dan Day, Jeff Lemire, Joe Staton, Jok, Kelley Jones, Matt Kindt, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Wm Kaluta, Paul Gulacy, Paul Pope, Ron Harris and more. While $80 feels a little pricey for 15 issues worth, but it does clock in at 528 pages and I trust Dark Horse on their HC quality.



(W) Stephen Mooney (A) Stephen Mooney (CA) Gabriel Rodriguez


Ace stunt pilot Cliff Secord has returned from his New York Adventure to a West Coast steeped in paranoia over the looming war in Europe. Having finally had enough of his near-death scrapes as the high-flying Rocketeer, the only thing in Cliff's crosshairs is The Great Race: a prestigious, winner-take-all air race that runs from California to France! Maybe it's finally time to smarten up and fly straight . . . by taking his best girl Betty to Paris! But other parties want to win the race for their own nefarious ends, and Cliff will need to decide which prize is truly the most valuable of all.

BONUS FEATURE: Each issue will contain an oral history-featuring Dave Stevens's friends, family and fellow artists-all culled together by Kelvin Mao, longtime friend of Stevens's and the director of the forthcoming documentary on the beloved artist! FEB220404

Why this caught my eye:

I'm just a sucker for the Rocketeer, plus I loves me some Gabriel Rodriguez covers.


That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some crime/suspense on the next round!

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