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Panini NBA Player of The Day 2017 Promotion


NBAPurchase 2016-17 Panini NBA products throughout March for your chance to win exclusive promotional packs, an autographed Reggie Jackson card (pictured below), and maybe even the grand prize, a day with an NBA Player along with a $250.00 shopping spree!

How to Play

Step 1 – You can enter by purchasing a pack of 2017 Panini brand NBA Cards. This includes popular brands such as Donruss, Hoops, Revolution and others. There is a no-purchase-necessary option as well (ask us to see the official rules for details).

Step 2 – To win, you must open a pack of cards you have purchased in front of a store employee. If you “pull” the highlighted Panini NBA Player of the Day or either of the Wild Cards (Kyle Irving, Kevin Durant) you are a daily winner and will receive two special promotional packs on the spot.

You can also become an automatic daily winner by purchasing a box of any eligible product.

Each time you are a daily winner you earn one raffle entry towards being that week’s “weekly winner”.

You can become a daily winner once a day and up to seven days a week.

Step 3 – Four times during the promotion we will randomly select one of the daily winners as a weekly prize winner and award a prize package from a prize kit provided by Panini. Weekly winners will then be put into a raffle to win the store’s grand prize, an autographed Reggie Jackson card.

Step 4 – At the conclusion of the 32-day promotion, we will randomly select one of the four weekly winners as the Panini NBA Player of the Month winner. The winner will be awarded the grand prize (an autographed Reggie Jackson card) and additional prizes from the prize kit.

Step 5 – The store grand prize winner will also be entered into the national sweepstakes with a chance to spend a day with an NBA player and a $250.00 shopping spree!

Store Grand Prize:
Reggie Card

January 2017 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Grass Kings #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios

(W/A/CA) Matt Kindt (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins

From The New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Peter Panzerfaust artist Tyler Jenkins comes a rural mystery series chronicling the tragic lives of the Grass Kings, three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land.

Eldest brother Robert leads a grief-stricken life, having lost his daughter to a tragic accident, followed by his wife disappearing one morning never to return.
When an enigmatic young woman named Maria flees to their community in search of safe haven, Robert takes her in. Will his decision lead to ruin and retribution dooming the Kingdom?
Perfect for fans of True Detective Season One or Scalped.

Oversized, prestige format first issue featuring 30 pages of story!

The panels shown for Grass Kings in the new Previews look great. I’ll always give a Kindt book a shot, but there is a lot to be excited for, here. I’ve not read Peter Panzerfaust, but Tyler Jenkins’ art seems like it will fit the tone of this book really well. It’s not uncommon for solicits to recommend books for “fans of ______” to draw people in, even if it can be a stretch. However, from the little I’ve seen of Grass Kings, I’ve got faith that Kindt and Jenkins can evoke that feeling of eerie, rural depravity as seen in the like of True Detective season one (how great is it that they have to specify that it’s just season one of True Detective?). Also, as much as I love the artistic work of Matt and Sharon Kindt, it will be neat to see someone else do watercolors for one of their books. 

 

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Royal City #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W/A/CA) Jeff Lemire

DOUBLE-SIZED DEBUT ISSUE! NEW ONGOING SERIES written and illustrated by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, A.D., Sweet Tooth). ROYAL CITY charts the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades. Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up, is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother, and his brow-beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago. ROYAL CITY is a return to the literary and thematic territory of LEMIRE’s breakthrough graphic novel Essex County and is his most ambitious, and most personal, project to date.

Admittedly, the often melancholy themes of Jeff Lemire books like Essex County and Underwater Welder are not for everyone. Some folks turn to comics for a fantastical escape from reality, and that’s totally fine. Others don’t mind steeping themselves in the sometimes depressing, slice of life books that can remind us both of how grim reality can be, as well as how comics can be such a cathartic medium. While I enjoy lots of different books, I definitely fit into that latter group and I’m very much looking forward to what Lemire has in store with Royal City.

 

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The Wild Storm #1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt

A troubled woman, barred by her employer from continuing her research, walks miserably through New York City. It takes her a moment to notice that everybody else is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of the Halo skyscraper.

And that woman-Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she’s buried in her own body-is the only person who can save him.

What she doesn’t know is that the act of saving that one man will tip over a vast and secret house of cards that encloses the entire world, if not the inner solar system. This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.

New York Times best-selling writer Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, RED, PLANETARY) returns to DC to curate Jim Lee’s WildStorm world, with this debut issue resetting the WildStorm universe with new iterations of Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks and others.

“I couldn’t be more excited to see these characters that are so near and dear to me reintroduced under the guiding hand of Warren Ellis. WildStorm represents an incredibly fun and exciting period in my career, and I can’t wait to see what Warren and Jon have in store for fans in February.”-Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher
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This is cheating a little bit as it’s actually The Wild Storm #2 that’s in the newest issue of Previews, but I missed the first one last month. I’ve been really impressed with the recent launch of DC’s Young Animal imprint, and with Warren Ellis at the helm, I’m on board for The Wild Storm (the reboot of 90s imprint Wildstorm). Plus, now I’ve got extra motivation to finish that copy of The Planetary Omnibus sitting on my shelf!

 

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American Gods: Shadows #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Neil Gaiman (A) P. Craig Russell (CA) Glenn Fabry

NEIL GAIMAN! P. CRAIG RUSSELL! SCOTT HAMPTON! Shadow Moon just got out of jail, only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain as to where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard – thrusting Shadow into a deadly world of the supernatural, where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point. The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award-winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series for the first time!

Here’s another literary universe I’ve been neglecting for too long. Yes, I’ve been recommended American Gods a good handful of times, and I think this is the kick in the butt I need to finally read that book. Call me a bad comics reader, but I have to confess that I’ve yet to read any Neil Gaiman. Yeah, yeah I know. I’ll read Sandman one day.

 

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Underwinter #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W/A/CA) Ray Fawkes

SERIES PREMIERE! “SYMPHONY,” Part One-Critically acclaimed creator RAY FAWKES launches his new monthly horror series: UNDERWINTER, twisted portraits of our dark world, beginning with the perverse, topical SYMPHONY – a beautifully painted tale of music and cruelty in the modern age.

There’s not much to go on from the solicitation, but I enjoyed Gotham by Midnight – a DC horror book also written by Ray Fawkes. This one is perfect for fans of Se7en and Mozart in the Jungle season two!

That’s a callback joke, y’all.

 

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Afar TP

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Leila Del Duca (A/CA) Kit Seaton

In a fantastical post-industrial desert, fifteen-year-old Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astral project to other planets while she sleeps. When she accidentally gets a young man hurt on a planet light-years away, she must figure out a way to project back to save him. On her own world, Boetema’s two parents have temporarily left her and her thirteen-year-old brother, Inotu, to make a living as salt shepherds. Left to their own devices, the two siblings must flee across a dangerous desert when Inotu gets into trouble with a threatening cyborg bodyguard. As Boetema visits amazing planets and encounters vibrant cultures, she must confront her mistakes and learn to trust in Inotu as she navigates her newfound abilities.

You could probably make a book from each sentence in this solicitation, but I’m interested to see it all thrown together in one volume. Plus, I’ve got trust in the team behind Shutter to make some strange and compelling science fiction. 

Aether Revolt Events

The Aether Revolution is upon us!

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The second installment of the Kaladesh block is almost here and we hope you come and enjoy the fun with us!

Pre-Release events are on the weekend of January 14th-15th and for this release we are going to be giving out door prizes! We will randomly choose attendees during each event who will receive Standard Showdown packs in addition to their event winnings.  

Door prizes aren’t the only new thing we are adding to our pre-release events. If you prefer to play in the 4-round packs-for-all matches we have good news. We have changed our packs-for-all prizing so that you have a chance to win not just 4 new packs of Aether Revolt, but instead you have a chance to win 5 brand new packs based on how you do. To learn more about this prizing structure, click on the links for either our Midnight event on Friday (technically Saturday, January 14th at 12:01 am), or on the link for our event at 10:00 am on Sunday, January 15th.  If you prefer to play in the longer event for a chance to win a full sealed box of Aether Revolt, you will probably want to reserve your seat in our Saturday event that takes place at 10:00 am.

The full schedule of pre-release events is as follows: the first event will be at Midnight on Friday, January 13th (technically 12:01 am the 14th).  The second will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 14th.  The third will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, January 15th.  All of these events have limited seating and registration is recommended (details about how our new calendar handles registration click here).

The next Aether Revolt events will be the two Friday Night Magic events at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 20th.  We will hold both a Standard Constructed event and a Booster Draft event (each player receiving 3 packs of Kaladesh with which to build a 40 card deck).  These events do not require registration.

Our third type of event will be a Sealed Deck, Two-Headed Giant tournament at Noon on Saturday, January 21st.
This event does not require registration.

The final event for Aether Revolt will be the Standard Constructed Game Day, held on Saturday, February 11th.
This event does not require registration.

We look forward to seeing you!

September & October 2016 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Locke & Key: Small World

Publisher: IDW Publishing

(W) Joe Hill (A) Jay Fotos (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez

Three years after wrapping up their award-winning, best-selling Locke & Key saga, the team that built Keyhouse returns to Lovecraft, Massachusetts with a new tale of terror and suspense! An impossible birthday gift for two little girls unexpectedly throws open a door to a monster on eight legs!
•   You never thought it’d happen but… the Eisner-winning series returns to unlock a special tale from Keyhouse’s sordid past!
•   All-new 24-page story by series creators Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Jay Fotos!
•   Variant cover by “Behind You” creator Brian Coldrick, Mouse Guard’s David Petersen, Wraith’s Charles Paul Wilson III, and an incentive Small World Key photo cover from Skelton Crew Studios, too!

Locke & Key is one of my all time favorite series, and I can’t wait to revisit the world that Hill and Rodriguez created together. If you’ve got any interest in a horror/fantasy-tinged tale of loss and coming of age (and written by Stephen King’s son, to boot), definitely check out Locke & Key

 

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A.D. After Death: Book One

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jeff Lemire

What if we found a cure for death?
Two of comics’ most acclaimed creators, SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire) and JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Moon Knight, Sweet Tooth) unite to create a three-part epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality. A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: AFTER DEATH will be serialized monthly as three oversized prestige format books written by SNYDER and fully painted by LEMIRE.

What an exciting team up! Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a time Jeff Lemire did the art for a story that he didn’t write himself, aside from covers and panels here and there. The mix of mediums for this sounds like it could do some really cools things, as well. I’m a fan of both of these creators and I can’t wait to see what they can do together.

 

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Ether #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Matt Kindt (A/CA) David Rubin

A science-minded adventurer gets mixed up in the mysteries of a fantasy world in this charming new adventure from an award-winning creative team. Boone Dias is an interdimensional explorer, a scientist from Earth who has stumbled into great responsibility. He’s got an explanation for everything, so of course the Ether’s magical residents turn to him to solve their toughest crimes. But maybe keeping the real and the abstract separate is too big a job for just one man.

This is a book by Matt Kindt that has the adjective “interdimensional” in the description. Of course that’s going to get me to buy it. If you’ve not read Kindt before, pick up his current ongoing deep sea murder mystery Dept. H or a volume of the cerebral MIND MGMT.

 

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Frontier #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W/A/CA) Jonathon Hickman

SERIES PREMIERE

“TRANQUILITY”
Double-sized first issue!
The planets have aligned, and the prodigal son has returned! For the first time in eight years, JONATHAN HICKMAN (EAST OF WEST, BLACK MONDAY MURDERS, Secret Wars, Avengers) is both writing and drawing a new comic series: FRONTIER.

It’s like Star Trek, but super depressing.

Seriously. Not a joke. The final frontier…is a total bummer.

Each issue contains galaxy-expanding bonus content like star maps, breakdowns of alien races, interstellar factions, and detailed spaceship schematics. FRONTIER is a brand new science fiction story about utopia lost, and how we might just gain it back.

This edition of Previews has been heavy on creators that are an automatic buy for me, and Jonathon Hickman is certainly one of them. I’ve been a fan of his writing for quite some time and now I’m excited to see some of his art, as well. Nightly News is an earlier work of his that was both written and drawn by him, and I think it’s time I check that one off of the backlog. Also, I’m not sure how many of us there are out there, but you can count me among the group of people who would get excited for a book described as “like Star Trek, but super depressing.”

Panini NFL Player of The Day Promotion 2016


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We are happy to be a participating store in Panini’s NFL Player of the Day Promotion. What is the Player of the Day Promotion? Well, it is your chance to win special promotional packs of Panini brand football cards and a chance for you to win our store’s grand prize, an autographed card of  Taylor Decker (pictured below)!

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How to Play

Step 1 – You can enter by purchasing a pack of 2016 Panini brand NFL Cards. This includes popular brands  such as Score, Certified, Prestige and others. There is a no-purchase-necessary option as well (ask us to see the official rules for details).

Step 2 – To win, you must open a pack of cards you have purchased in front of a store employee. If you “pull” the highlighted Panini NFL Player of the Day or either of the Wild Cards (Andrew Luck or Dez Bryant) you are a daily winner and will receive two promotional packs on the spot. You can also become an automatic daily winner by purchasing a box of any eligible product. For each daily win you also will earn one raffle entry to be that week’s weekly prize winner. You may win once a day and up to seven days a week.

Step 3 – Four times during the promotion we will randomly select one of the daily winners as a weekly prize winner and award a prize package from a prize kit provided by Panini. Weekly winners will then be put into a raffle to win the store’s grand prize, an autographed Taylor Decker card.

Step 4 – At the conclusion of the 32-day promotion, we will randomly select one of the four weekly winners as the Panini NFL Player of the Month winner. The winner will be awarded the grand prize (an autographed Taylor Decker card) and additional prizes from the prize kit.

Step 5 – The grand prize winner will also be entered into the national sweepstakes with a chance to spend a day with an NFL player!

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Tour Kaladesh on 40 Mana or less!

Rev up your velocitraption and see the sights of Kaladesh.  Attend our events and help the wonders of this new plane will unfold before you.

Pre-Release events are on the weekend of September 23rd – 25th.  The first will be at Midnight on Friday, September 23rd.  The second will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 24th.  The third will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 25th.  All of these events have limited seating and registration is recommended (details about how our new calendar handles registration click here).

The next Kaladesh events will be the two Friday Night Magic events at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 30th.  We will hold both a Standard Constructed event and a Booster Draft event (each player receiving 3 packs of Kaladesh with which to build a 40 card deck).  These events do not require registration.

Our third type of event will be a Sealed Deck, Two-Headed Giant tournament at Noon on Saturday, October 1st.
This event does not require registration.

The final event for Kaladesh will be the Standard Constructed Game Day, held on Saturday, October 22nd.
This event does not require registration.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Under an Eldritch Moon

Get out your moonscreen lotion and come out to view the Eldritch Moon.  Attend our events and help (or hinder) Liliana’s plans for the plane of Innistrad.

Pre-Release events are on the weekend of July 15th – 17th.  The first will be at Midnight on Friday, July 15th.  The second will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 16th.  The third will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 17th.  All of these events have limited seating and registration is recommended (details about how our new calendar handles registration click here).

The next Eldritch Moon events will be the two Friday Night Magic events at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 22nd.  We will hold both a Standard Constructed event and a Booster Draft event (each player receiving 3 packs of Eldritch Moon with which to build a 40 card deck).  These events do not require registration.

Our third type of event will be a Sealed Deck, Two-Headed Giant tournament at Noon on Saturday, July 23rd. This event does not require registration.

The final event for Eldritch Moon will be the Standard Constructed Game Day, held on Saturday, August 13th.  This event does not require registration.

We look forward to seeing you!

Waldo visits Fanfare for July

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Fanfare is once again participating in Kalamazoo’s Where’s Waldo event, hosted by Bookbug? Your favorite bespectacled, stripey cartoon character will be hiding in twenty-five different local businesses, including Fanfare, for the month of July. Bookbug will have prizes for those who spot him around the town.

“Find Waldo Local in Kalamazoo!” passports list off the businesses where Waldo is hiding. You can get yours at Fanfare or any other participationg location. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Bookbug to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing on July 29th, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Kalamazoo, call Bookbug at 269-385-2847.

May & June 2016 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Black Hammer #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dean Ormston

A new story from the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire (Descender), amazingly realized by Dean Ormston (The Sandman) and Dave Stewart (Hellboy)!
Once they were heroes, but that age has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City-Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien-now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!

I’m so glad to see this book finally coming out. It was announced in April of last year that Black Hammer would be delayed after artist Dean Ormstom suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. In a recent interview from Comic Book Resources, Jeff Lemire reported that Ormston is “doing really well”. The art looks fantastic, and after reading Plutona, I’m very much in for another offbeat superhero story from Lemire.

 

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Briggs Land #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Brian Wood (A) Mack Chater (CA) Brian Wood, Mack Chater

Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, contains the largest antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community-and her immediate family-that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.

o Perfect for fans of Sons of Anarchy and Justified!

o In development for an AMC television show!

I haven’t caught up with Brian Wood’s most recent works, but I enjoyed The Massive and Mara quite a bit. The premise of this one sounds intriguing and somewhat apropos given the political turbulence of this election year. I’m curious if advanced copies sparked the interest of a television show (not unlike how Descender was optioned for a movie before its first issue hit the shelves) or if the comic has been developed with the show simultaneously.

 

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Black Monday Murders #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Jonathon Hickman (A/CA) Tomm Coker

“MAMMON”
ALL HAIL GOD MONEY! From JONATHAN HICKMAN (EAST OF WEST, Secret Wars, Avengers) and TOMM COKER (UNDYING LOVE) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money… and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it. THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control all of society: a secret world where vampire Russian oligarchs, Black popes, enchanted American aristocrats, and hitmen from the International Monetary Fund work together to keep ALL OF US in our proper place.

With how consistently amazing East of West has been, I would be down for anything creator-owned that Jonathon Hickman is doing. The description in the solicitation for this is enough to sell me, regardless. Bring on the plutocratic weirdness. What even is crypto-noir? Is that a thing? While we’re at it, can we get some more The Dying and the Dead too, Mr. Hickman?

 

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Kill or Be Killed #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser (CA) Sean Phillips

The bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS (THE FADE OUT, CRIMINAL, FATALE) launch their new monthly series: KILL OR BE KILLED, the twisted story of a young man who is forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly ruins his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones. Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done.

Speaking of consistently great work, here’s a new book by Brubaker, Phillips, and Breitweiser. Fatale and The Fade Out have both been great so I’ve got no reason not to expect anything less from this book. Also, I’d just like to give some extra credit to Elizabeth Breitweiser. Her coloring on recent books like The Fade Out and Outcast has been stellar, and I can’t wait to see how this one looks.

 

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The World of Edena HC

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W/A/CA) Moebius

Working closely with Moebius Production in France, Dark Horse puts the work of a master storyteller back in print-with some material in English for the first time! Stel and Atan are interstellar repairmen trying to find a lost space station and its crew. What they discover about the universe and themselves on the mythical paradise planet Edena, though, changes their lives forever. Moebius’s long-out-of-print World of Edena story arc gets a deluxe hardcover treatment, with its five main chapters-Upon a Star, Gardens of Edena, The Goddess, Stel, and Sra-collected here!

Getting into Moebius is long overdue for me. His work has been recommended to me over the past several years and this looks to be as good a starting point as any. As he’s been a significant influence on some of my favorite comics creators, I have a strong feeling that I’m going to like this one. I might have to track down some of the work he did with Jodorowsky when I’m finished.

 

January & February 2016 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Hey, hey! After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back to share with you some books I’m excited for! The following titles are scheduled (at the time of this writing) for April and May 2016 releases.

 

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Dept. H #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W/A/CA) Matt Kindt

From New York Times best-selling MIND MGMT creator Matt Kindt comes an exciting new undersea sci-fi mystery.
    
Mia is a special investigator hired to uncover possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station. What she finds is a mind-blowing crime scene filled with suspects with terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and an impending flood!

Here’s a book written and drawn by Matt Kindt with the words “terrible secrets” in the solicit. What else does one need, really? If you’ve got a MIND MGMT-sized hole in your heart, I have a strong feeling that this book will be the closest thing to filling it. Bring on those watercolors.

 

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The Fix #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Steve Lieber

A story of the crooked cops, scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run things-and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Oh, and the hero is a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels. Bad people do bad things to each other in this frenetic, outrageous, sometimes off-putting new caper! If you liked classic crime comics like CRIMINAL and 100 Bullets we apologize in advance for letting you down!

Superior Foes of Spider-Man was some of the most fun I’ve had with a book in the past couple of years. I’m really excited to see the same creative team start their own creator-owned book. Judging by the solicit, it sounds like this book will keep up with the craziness that Spencer and Lieber cultivated so well in Superior Foes and I’m looking forward to see where they go with it.

 

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Black Panther #1

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze

A new era for the Black Panther starts here!
Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?
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Renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is making his comic debut with this new Black Panther title. I was glad to hear Black Panther was getting his own book again, but having Coats involved makes it truly exciting. Here’s hoping for another new Marvel book that breaks the mold.

 

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House of Penance #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A/CA) Ian Bertram

The Winchester House-famous for its original owner’s bizarre compulsion to incorporate a multitude of architectural curiosities. But as the bereaved Sarah Winchester’s workers toil on stairways to nothing and doors to nowhere, a mysterious stranger arrives . . . and he could make Sarah’s demons all too real.

I’m always on the lookout for an interesting horror book, especially since Nameless finished up and Wytches is still on hiatus. The description for House of Penance reminds me of Danielewski’s House of Leaves, and that’s enough to get me interested. If only the letterer makes the word “house” blue.

 

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Wonder Woman Earth One HC Vol. 1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Yanick Paquette

In this new installment of the New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel line, Grant Morrison (THE MULTIVERSITY) joins with Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) to reimagine Wonder Woman for a new era. Encompassing the vision of her original creator, William Moulton Marston, Morrison presents a Diana who yearns to break free from her mother and the utopian society on Paradise Island to learn about the forbidden outside world. Her dreams may come true when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor crashes on their shores, and she must defy the laws of the Amazons to return him to Man’s World.
Is she ready for the culture shock that awaits her in America? And is the world ready for this Wonder Woman?

I was under the impression that The Multiversity was Grant Morrison’s final work in the DC universe, but I’m glad to be proven wrong. With the freedom that comes along with the standalone nature of the Earth One moniker, Morrison will have a lot of room to get creative with Wonder Woman, and I can’t wait to see what he does.

 

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Island #7

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Matt DeForge & Various (A) Matt DeForge & Various (CA) Matt Sheean, Malachi Ward

BRANDON GRAHAM’s award-winning anthology returns! This issue introduces the first Image work by the amazing indy cartoonist MICHAEL DeFORGE (Ant Colony, Lose) along with the third chapter of MATT SHEEAN & MALACHI WARD’s “ANCESTOR.”

No surprise here. Island has been an incredible anthology magazine, and I find myself looking forward to the new artists and writers I discover in every issue. Island #7 will have part three of Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean’s Ancestor, which has been one of my favorite new comics in the past year.