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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Misc

It's time for that section where I'm too lazy to figure out what genre these books belong to! One of them even describes itself as genre bending, so you can't blame me.

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:FEB211476). 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) Zak Sally (A/CA) Zak Sally

A man searches for his lost teeth to complete his masterwork. Another embraces ghosts in an act of vengeance. Children escape from a ruined house to find a revelation. A wanderer leaves everything behind and discovers the infinite. Part resignation letter, part manifesto, the stories in Zak Sally's Recidivist IV comprise a medium-defying visual experience of the freedom in obscurity. Recidivist IV, a Best American Comics Notable Comic, is his masterpiece.


Why this caught my eye:

It sounds like this was released back in 2015, so I'm not sure if this is just a resolicitation or the book just finally popping up via Diamond. You can check out a mini video preview of what the package looks like here though, and it seems to come with a disc as well. That's also just an engaging solicit, so it sounds like an interesting book.



(A) Wallace Wood, Ken Battlefield, Harper Johnson, Pete Morisi, Lee Ames, Raphael Astarita, Henry C. Kiefer

Just take a look - there's horror and supsense with The Black Tarantula, classic sea-faring action with Moby Dick, jungle quests with the great Allan Quatermain, The New Adventures of Jack the Giant Killer, and an invisible man terrorizes the English countryside! All reproduced completely from cover to cover, just like the original comic, featuring some of the best comic book talent! Collects A Feature Presentation: The Black Tarantula #5 (1950), Moby Dick #6 (1950), King Solomon's Mines #1 (1951), Jack The Giant Killer #1 (1953), and The Invisible Man #1 (1955).


Why this caught my eye:

Looks like a good mashup of oddball stuff, plus you get some Wally Wood and that ain't bad.



(A) Bill Molno, Marc Swayze, Maurice Whitman, Charles Nicholas, Dick Giordano, Ernie Bache, Rocco Mastroserio, Vince Alascia, Tony Tallarico

Now in softcover. Unusual Tales is a treasure trove of science fiction, horror, suspense, fantasy and the supernatural from the jewels of 1950's comic book talent including Bill Molno, Marc Swayze, Maurice Whitman, Charles Nicholas, Dick Giordano, Ernie Bache, Rocco Mastoserio, Vince Alascia, Tony Tallarico and Pat Musull, all captured here within these pages, reproduced completely from cover to cover as they should be! They'll have any self-respecting comicbook fan absolutely drooling at the prospect of digging up this treasure chest! Collects Unusual Tales #1-5 (November 1955-September 1956).


Why this caught my eye:

Honestly it was mostly that cover that won me over on this one.



(W) Victoria Rosenthal

Inspired by the diverse nationalities of the iconic characters in Capcom's Street Fighter video game franchise, Street Fighter: The Official Street Food Cookbook offers easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for your next party or one-on-one showdown. This cookbook features delectable treats found in food stalls on the streets of Japan, Spanish tapas from a flamenco tavern, snacks on a pier in the Amazon River basin, and much more. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, this cookbook features recipes and characters from every iteration of Capcom's hit series.


Why this caught my eye:

This is either really stupid, really neat, or both at the same time. I mostly just want to know what is M. Bison's favorite food. And if he cooks with an apron. Ok, I'm mostly just forming a fan fiction starring Raul Julia's Bison as a cook show host. It's glorious.



(W) Chelsea Monroe-Cassel

In this cookbook, Pandaren chef Nomi has collected the best recipes gathered during his travels and will instruct you in everything you need to know as you feast your way through Azeroth. As a young boy in Pandaria, Nomi answered the beckoning call of the Cooking School Bell and quickly grew into a promising chef. Through the years, this intrepid cook has traveled across Azeroth, learning countless regional recipes and techniques from Pandaria, the Broken Isles, and even the mysterious Shadowlands. Each chapter features easy-to-follow dishes, as well as numerous tips on how to not burn your food.


Why this caught my eye:

This one gets a mention mostly because it reminded me of this Illidan Stormrage meme:



(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Kevin O'Neil

Welcome to the story to end all stories. Two decades of literary League lunacy have all been building to this, the most ambitious meta-comic imaginable.

After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture-the biggest cross-continuity 'universe' that is conceivable-Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series' spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest. Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world's most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.

Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha's lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of "We" on the devastated Earth of the year 2,996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero's Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast-list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories.

Originally published as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy children's comics that would make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus also reprints classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reaches of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST.


Why this caught my eye:

I mean at this point LOEG is just 'Everything: The Comic', so it's really hard to fit into one genre now. Also, as this series has continued it's turned into the book I dread to enjoy. In that they get so dense and full of references and huge text sections that I never think I'm in the mood to read them, but when I do I enjoy them.


That's it for this batch, next time we'll hit some All-Ages and YA.

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