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Fanfare Holiday Specials 2019

The holidays are here and so are Fanfare’s holiday specials!

All of the specials listed below are good while supplies last now through December 24th:


Previously Owned Board Games are 50% off!


Buy 1 Regular Price Statue or Bust, Get 1 of Equal Or Lesser Value for 50% Off!


All Regular Price Playmats are 20% Off!


For Every $50 You Spend On Regular Priced Board Games and Non-CCG Card Games, Get a Free Gift!


Spend Over $100 on Regular Priced Back Issues Valued $20 Or Less, Get 20% Off Those Issues! Spend Over $300 and Get 30% Off!


Buy One The Walking Dead Softcover Graphic Novel and Get Another of Equal Or Lesser Value for 50% Off!


For Every $50 Spent on Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Products, Receive A Free 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! Advent Calendar!


For Every $50 Spent on D&D or Pathfinder Books, Receive A Free Icons of the Realm: Guildmaster’s Guide To Ravnica Mini Booster!


Buy One Pokemon Celestial Storm Booster Box & Receive 10 Free Pokemon Booster Packs Your Choice! [Only 3 Of This Deal Available!]

November 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Wonder Woman #750

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January 22, 2020

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Vita Ayala, Marguerite Bennett, Kami Garcia, Dean Hale, Jeff Loveness, Steve Orlando, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Mariko Tamaki, Various Others (A) Elena Casagrande, Colleen Doran, Jesus Merino, Gabriel Picolo, Others (CA) Joelle Jones

Prestige Format
An all-star 96-page celebration of the Amazon Princess by longtime favorites and acclaimed new voices! In the lead story, Wonder Woman’s epic “Year of the Villain” battle comes to a close, leading the way to new challenges ahead. Additionally, this oversized gem tells tales from Diana’s past, present and future by some of the greatest storytellers in the business- including Colleen Doran, Mariko Tamaki, the Teen Titans: Raven team of writer Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo, and legendary Wonder Woman creators returning to the character, including Gail Simone and Greg Rucka!

A star-studded celebration of Wonder Woman! DC and Marvel have both been doing some great team-ups with their talent and this cast looks like it will be a lot of fun.

 

Superman: Heroes #1

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January 29, 2020

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jody Houser, Greg Rucka (A) Kevin Maguire, Steve Lieber, Mike Perkins, Others (CA) Bryan Hitch

Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, the staff of the Daily Planet, even the Justice League-their lives all changed when Superman revealed his secret identity to the world! This unique Superman experience explores what the identity of Clark Kent meant to those close to him-and what their relationship to Superman will be in the future. All the rules are about to change-and it all starts here.
The dream team of writers Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, and Jody Houser team up for this amazing special, with art anchored by DC legend Kevin Maguire, plus sequences focusing on each corner of the Superman universe by artists Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen) and Mike Perkins (Lois Lane). ONE-SHOT

Speaking of fun collaborations, DC’s got a second one this month! This is another great list of names (Greg Rucka had to sneak on to both) and I think I’m most excited to see what Steve Lieber has cooked up. If you’re not reading Jimmy Olsen, fix that!

 

Frankenstein Undone #1 (of 5)

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January 29, 2020

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Mike Mignola, Scott Allie (A/CA) Ben Stenbeck

Frankenstein’s creator lies dead in the icy grip of the Arctic, and the monster searches for a new purpose. Just as he thinks he’s found one with a group of unlikely companions, disaster strikes-and the monster is catapulted out of Mary Shelley’s novel and into the world of Hellboy.

Bridging Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein novella and Mike Mignola’s Frankenstein Underground, this series brings together Mignola, Scott Allie, Ben Stenbeck, Brennan Wagner, and Clem Robins for an all-new horror adventure in the far north.

I’ve mentioned it in this column before but last July, I began a read-through of most of the Mignolaverse. After blasting through 25 years worth of Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and Abe Sapien books, I took a little break from some of the more tertiary content. I’ve often heard that Frankenstein Underground is one of the best of those kind of “extended universe” books and I just ordered it from the store and am looking forward to catching up with that before the release of Undone. If you’re curious to check out the Hellboy universe, take a look at this great reading order from Multiversity Comics.

 

Hellboy Winter Special 2019

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Jan 15, 2020

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Mike Mignola, Various (A) Various (CA) Gabriel Ba

Celebrate the season in true Hellboy fashion!

Meet a ghostly miser in an alternate reality, fear the Boogam of rural New York, and embrace the wrath of St. Hagan in this trio of occult winter tales! The familiar faces of Hellboy, Sarah Jewell, and the legendary Knights of St. Hagan will help you ring in the new year with all the shivers you can take-and not all of them from the cold!

o Three short stories in one issue!

I guess the theme of this month’s post is big creative teams coming together. You know I had to put this on the list. Even if you’re not super familiar with Hellboy, the winter specials are a collection of short stories that can typically be enjoyed as one-offs. Tis the season.

 

Protector #1

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January 29, 2020

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Simon Roy, Daniel M. Bensen (A) Artyom Trakhanov, Jason Wordie, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (CA) James Stokoe

SERIES PREMIERE! From SIMON ROY (Prophet), Sideways Award-winning author DANIEL M. BENSEN (Junction), ARTYOM TRAKHANOV (UNDERTOW), JASON WORDIE (GOD COUNTRY), and HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU (Red Sonja) comes a sci-fi adventure equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, and The Expanse.
Of all the tribes that dwell in the hot ruins of far-future North America, the Hudsoni reign supreme, but even they fear and obey the godlike Devas. When the Devas warn of an old-world demon in the conquered city of Shikka-Go, Hudsoni war chief First Knife decides to deal with the threat personally.

If I’d read this solicit with no names attached and had to guess who was involved, Simon Roy would be at the top of the list. This very much sounds like his wheelhouse and I can’t wait to see what vast and desolate sci-fi landscapes await in Protector. If you haven’t already, check out Roy’s Habitat and Tiger Lung.

Halloween Comic Fest 2018 Is Here and So Are Matt’s Top Recommendations!

Halloween Comic Fest is happening here at Fanfare all-day on Saturday, October 26th! We will have free comics to give out throughout the day and if you wear your costume we will feature you on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)!

To help us get ready for the big event, Matt, Fanfare’s Cryptkeeper of Cool, is helping to count us down to the big day with movie and comic recomendations throughout the week! So without further ado, here’s Matt!

 

Immortal Hulk
(W) Al Ewing
(A) Joe Bennet & Various Artists

Well, I never thought I’d be recommending an Incredible Hulk comic for a horror list, but here we are. This comic has completely blown me away. Ewing and Bennett’s story offers a mixture of action and suspense that incorporates incredibly effective body horror along the way. The book’s creative team brings fresh new ideas and twists to the Hulk mythos, exploring the gamma powered characters of the Marvel U. and the monstrous versions of themselves that they transform into due to their irradiated origins.  The mysterious “Green Door” and its connection to the Hulk brings an almost Lovecraftian theme to the story and introduces a sense of dread to the book unlike any other Hulk story before. Do not sleep on this comic, it is one of the best reads I have had all year long.

 

The Fly (1986)
Director: David Cronenberg

My movie recomendation for the day is this 1986 remake of the amazing classic horror/sci-fi film The Fly. 

In The Fly, a brilliant scientist named Seth Brundle creates a successful teleportation unit and decides it is time to see if it will teleport a human being. The guinea pig for this first test is none other than Seth himself. Things go a bit wrong when a fly enters the unit with him during teleportation and the fly’s DNA mixes with Brundle’s. Following this, Brundle’s body and mind starts to deteriorate until his humanity has eroded and left him a human fly monster.

The movie’s director, David Cronenberg (master of body horror), delivers one of the best movie remakes I have ever seen with some of the greatest practical horror effects ever put onto film. Not only that, but the film stars Jeff Goldblum, so you know that there is a high level of zaniness delivered in the performance as well. 

October 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Skulldigger #1 (of 6)

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December 18, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Tonci Zonjic

Spiral City finds itself trapped in a vicious cycle of crime, corruption, and violence. With the heart of the city at stake, a vigilante rises in Skulldigger. However, when the nefarious Grimjim escapes from prison, will Skulldigger and his ward, Skeleton Boy, be enough to save Spiral City?

Although it’s sad that the initial “Farm” storyline of Black Hammer has come to an end (along with the recent Black Hammer/Justice League crossover), Jeff Lemire has assured fans that there is still plenty of stories in the Black Hammer universe to be told. Skulldigger looks to be the first book to kick that off. I haven’t missed any of these spinoffs yet and neither should you!

 

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1 (of 4)

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December 18, 2019

Publisher: DC Comics

(W/A/CA) Daniel Warren Johnson

The celebrated creator of Murder Falcon and Extremity and artist of The Ghost Fleet, Daniel Warren Johnson brings bold sci-fi chops to his DC debut with a harrowing vision of Wonder Woman unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Princess Diana of Themyscira left paradise to save Man’s World from itself. When Wonder Woman awakens from a centuries-long sleep to discover the Earth reduced to a nuclear wasteland, she knows she failed. Trapped alone in a grim future, Diana must protect the last human city from titanic monsters while uncovering its secret of this dead Earth-and how she may be responsible for it.

Dang, who saw this coming? Daniel Warren Johnson writing and drawing a Wonder Woman story is one of those don’t-know-you-need-it-until-now kind of things. The solicit has mention of “titanic monsters” so fans of DWJ can expect him to be in his element.

 

Hellboy & the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club

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December 11, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Mike Mignola (A/CA) Adam Hughes

The team behind the Eisner Award-winning one-shot Hellboy: Krampusnacht spins a new ghostly yarn! Hellboy comes to the aid of a young girl whose ghost hunt goes wrong, and a visit to an abandoned medical school reveals sinister layers to a grisly, long-ago murder. Stolen cadavers, vengeful spirits, and more abound in this one-shot.

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola reunites with fan-favorite artist Adam Hughes for a spirit-fueled scream fest sure to excite old and new fans alike!

Y’all, it’s Mike Mignola writing a Hellboy story. I don’t think I need to say anything beyond that (but I will — Adam Hughes did a great job on Krampusnacht and I can’t wait to see this team on another Hellboy one-off!).

 

Red Mother #1

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December 11, 2019

Publisher: Boom! Studios

(W/CA) Jeremy Haun (A) Danny Luckert

* Jeremy Haun returns to his The Beauty roots as he teams with Danny Luckert, hot off Regression, for a new psychological horror series.  
* After losing her eye and the man she loves in a brutal mugging, Daisy McDonough is left trying to put the pieces of her life back together. Just when she begins to think she can heal- move on, she begins to see strange things through her new prosthetic eye. And The Red Mother sees her in return.
* Continuing BOOM! Studios’ string of successes, The Red Mother follows Faithless, Once & Future, and Something is Killing the Children for a new original series that examines the dangers that hide in plain sight – and the consequences of digging beneath the surface to find the truth underneath.

I remember enjoying The Beauty #1 but that was a series I didn’t keep up with — it may be time to revisit that before this is released. Boom! Studios has been coming out with some really stellar debuts recently and Red Mother certainly has my attention.

The Panini 2019 NFL Player of the Day Promotion Runs September 15th – October 16th


Dates: September 15th – October 16

We are happy to be a participating store in Panini’s NFL Player of the Day Promotion. This promotion 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 Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson card (pictured below)!

How to Play:

Step 1 – You can enter by purchasing a pack of 2019 Panini brand NFL Cards. This includes popular brands such as Certified, Classics, Donruss 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 the highlighted Panini NFL Player of the Day or any of the Wild Cards (Andrew Luck, Saquon Barkley or Kyler Murray) are in your pack, then you are a daily winner and will receive two special promotional packs on the spot.

You may become a “daily winner” twice per day, up to seven days per week. Daily winner pulls must be made from separate packs.

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

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

Step 3 – Four times during the promotion we will randomly select a Weekly Winner from that week’s pool of Daily Winners. The Weekly Winner will not only win extra POTD packs, and a Panini T-Shirt, but they will also receive a raffle entry to win the store’s grand prize, an autographed T.J. Hockenson!

Step 4 – At the conclusion of the promotion, we will gather up the four Weekly Winner names and randomly select our store’s Grand Prize Winner!

Our store’s Grand Prize Winner will take home the autographed T.J. Hockenson card. Not only that, but the Grand Prize Winner will be put into Panini’s National Player of the Day Drawing, where they could win a chance for a $250.00 Shopping Spree and a chance to spend a day with an NFL player!

Here is our grand prize, an autographed card by the Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson:

September 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Far Sector #1 (of 12)

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November 13, 2019

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) N.K. Jemisin (A/CA) Jamal Campbell

N.K. Jemisin, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Broken Earth and Inheritance science fiction trilogies, makes her comic book debut with bestselling Naomi artist Jamal Campbell as they thrust you into a stunning sci-fi murder mystery on the other side of the universe! 
For the past six months, newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people. The city has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of, and murder is nonexistent. 
But that’s all about to change in this new maxiseries that gives a DC Young Animal spin to the legacy of the Green Lanterns!

I’ve really enjoyed the books that have come out of DC’s Young Animal imprint so it’s not a huge surprise to say I’m looking forward to this one. THAT SAID, I’m really looking forward to it. Look at that cover! It’s rad! I’m also loving the premise here and I’ve got a feeling that Far Sector may end up being my favorite Young Animal title yet.

 

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 (of 4)

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November 20, 2019

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Bill Sienkiewicz (A/CA) Dennis Cowan

For years, Vic Sage has worn the faceless mask of the Question to clean up the streets of Hub City by sheer force of will. He knows right from wrong. He knows black from white. But what happens when he is drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the heights of Hub City power to the depths of its underground tunnels? What happens when things stop being black-and-white and start getting a little gray? And what happens when, in a secret chamber deep beneath the city, Vic Sage meets his own end…and his new beginning? Eisner-winning writer Jeff Lemire joins forces with the legendary art team of Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz to resurrect Vic Sage, only to destroy him all over again…and again…

Oh yes. Jeff Lemire on a Question miniseries with Sienkiewicz and Cowan. Do not miss this one.

 

Family Tree #1

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November 13, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Phil Hester, Ryan Cody, Eric Gapstur

SERIES PREMIERE! When an eight-year-old girl literally begins to transform into a tree, her single mom, troubled brother, and possibly insane grandfather embark on a bizarre and heart-wrenching odyssey across the back roads of America in a desperate search for a way to cure her horrifying transformation before it’s too late. 
But the farther they get from home, the more forces threaten to tear the family apart as fanatical cults, mercenaries, and tabloid Paparazzi close in, determined to destroy the girl-or use her for their own ends. 
A new genre-defying series written by New York Times bestselling author JEFF LEMIRE (GIDEON FALLS, ASCENDER) and illustrated by acclaimed artist PHIL HESTER (Shipwreck, Green Arrow), FAMILY TREE combines mystery, action, and horror into an epic story about the lengths a mother will go to in order to keep her children safe.

Speaking of Jeff Lemire, how many books is that guy working on, anyway? I know I’ve said it before in this column but I’ll always try a book Lemire is collaborating on. Sad stories about families seem to be his bread and butter so I bet Family Tree will be great… and sad.

 

Undiscovered Country #1

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November 6, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Charles Soule, Scott Snyder (A) Daniele Orlandini (A/CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli

SERIES PREMIERE! This November, New York Times bestselling writers SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, A.D.: AFTER DEATH) and CHARLES SOULE (CURSE WORDS, the forthcoming novel Anyone) will team up with artists GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer) and DANIELE ORLANDINI (Darth Vader) and 2019 Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILSON (THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) to embark on an epic adventure in the brand-new ongoing series, UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY! 
In this special oversized first issue, readers will journey into the near future, and an unknown nation that was once the United States of America-a land that’s become shrouded in mystery after walling itself off from the rest of the world without explanation over thirty years ago. When a team seeking a cure for a global pandemic breaches U.S. borders, they quickly find themselves in a struggle to survive this strange and deadly lost continent!

Undiscovered Country has an intriguing premise and a great creative team to boot. I’ll bite so I can see what this is all about. Maybe a supernatural dreamscape like the Southern Reach trilogy’s Area X? Or perhaps a clandestine dystopia similar to Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale

 

New Mutants #1

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November 6, 2019

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brisson (A/CA) Rod Reis

THE NEW GENERATION CLAIMS THE DAWN!
The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news… a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers!
Rated T+  

I’ve loved Rod Reis’s art since picking up the first issue of C.O.W.L. back when that came out. I can’t wait to see what he does with New Mutants. Also, very cool to see Ed Brisson writing with Hickman on a new X title!

August 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Copra #1
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October 2, 2019
Publisher: Image Comics
(W/A/CA) Michel Fiffe

SERIES PREMIERE
  
COPRA returns in the first issue of its all-new ONGOING SERIES! 

Acclaimed comics auteur MICHEL FIFFE picks up where his band of mercenary misfits left off, reintroducing the entire cast of his Suicide Squad-esque revenge machine in a brutal standoff against their own leader. Jump right into the thick of it with the world’s greatest action team in this extra-length debut milestone-36 pages for just $3.99!

In case you missed it, Michel Fiffe’s Copra, previously published by Bergen Street Comics, has found a new home over at Image Comics. This change kicked off with the first five volumes of the series being reprinted through Image. Now we’ve got this announcement of the series relaunching with singles at Image. I’ll note that this is a continuation of the story, not a reprint. Copra is a series that Josh (you know, the shorter one) has been telling me to read for years and this looks to be a great time to jump in.

 

Joker: Killer Smile #1 (of 3)

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October 30, 2019
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

Everyone knows The Joker doesn’t have the most promising history with psychotherapists. In fact, no one’s even been able to diagnose him. But that doesn’t matter to the confident, world-beating Dr. Ben Arnell; he’s going to be the one to unravel this unknowable mind. There’s no way The Joker could ever get through the therapeutic walls Ben has built around himself. Right? There’s no way The Joker’s been entering his house at night…right? There’s no way The Joker has stood over his son’s bed, and put that book in his hands, the one with the, the, the…  
The Eisner-nominated creative team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (GREEN ARROW, Gideon Falls) reunite for a psychological horror story where nothing is as it seems, your eyes can’t be trusted and Mr. Smiles is waiting behind the basement door. 
Wait, who’s Mr. Smiles?

One of the most exciting announcements out of San Diego Comic Con this year was the news that Jeff Lemire would be writing two new Black Label books for DC — one being a book about The Question and the other Joker: Killer Smile. Lemire joins Green Arrow and Gideon Falls cohort Andrea Sorrentino for Joker which in itself is worth the price of admission. I’m sure this has been said in this blog before but if you’re not reading Gideon Falls yet, go fix that!

 

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1
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October 2, 2019
Publisher: Boom! Studios
(W) Jeff Loveness (A) Lisandro Estherren (CA) Evan Cagle

MANKIND MADE IT TO SPACE. AND NOW SPACE HAS FOLLOWED THEM BACK.
* Herring is a disillusioned American spy stationed on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, struggling with his role in a Cold War that seems to have no end. But when he’s sent on a mission behind enemy lines to infiltrate East German intelligence, he soon learns the Soviets have a secret weapon that could change the tides of the conflict: an alien monster that they don’t understand, and can’t control.
* The Soviets are about to learn that they’re not in charge of the monster it’s already in their minds and has twisted them to their will. Now now Herring must find a way to understand the impossible before it transforms him into a monster unlike any other.
* Writer Jeff Loveness (Judas) and Lisandro Estherren (Redneck) team up for a story in the spirit of Cold War classics, for fans of period piece science fiction as well as alien action such as Barrier.

Is there a genre for “X group of people from history actually have a secret, otherwordly weapon?” I don’t think it’s played out enough to have its own category but it’s a premise I’m a sucker for and part of what initially drew me into Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe. So I’m mostly in on this because it sounds rad and I’m diggin’ the True Detective-esque cover.

 

X-Men #1
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October 16, 2019
Publisher: Marvel Comics
(W) Jonathon Hickman (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu

DAWN OF X!
The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility… and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!
Rated T+  

So far, Hickman’s take on X-Men (being his two intertwining mini-series, House of X and Powers of X) is all it’s been chalked up to be. I’m writing this the day before House of X #2 comes out and I can’t wait to read it. That’s saying a lot considering I rarely read books (aside from #1s) right when they come out AND I’ve never really read a proper X-Men book. At this point, I’m on board for whatever Hickman wants to try out here.

 

Batman’s Grave #1 (of 12)
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October 9, 2019
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Warren Ellis (A) Kevin Nowland (A/CA) Bryan Hitch

The World’s Greatest Detective must try to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case-without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. Can Batman imagine the life of a corpse with a half-eaten face without dying himself?
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships of the modern age, reunite in this maxiseries about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask.

Great timing on this one — last week saw the release of The Authority Omnibus and I’m enjoying Ellis and Hitch’s work on it (I’ve not read it before and decided to pick it up so I can work my way through Planetary and Ellis’s new Wildstorm run). It’ll be great to see the two working together on a new Batman book. Here’s hoping for a fight with the Midnighter.

July 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

November Vol. 1 (of 3)

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November 6, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Elsa Charretier

The lives of three women intersect in a dark criminal underground. As fire and violence tears through their city over the course of a single day and night, they find that their lives are bound together by one man-who seems to be the cause of it all. 

One night. One city. Three women. NOVEMBER: the first in a sequence of three graphic novellas by MATT FRACTION (SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye) and ELSA CHARRETIER (Star Wars, Infinite Loop), with colors by MATT HOLLINGSWORTH and exquisitely crafted lettering by cartoonist KURT ANKENY.

It’s nice to see more writing from Matt Fraction hitting the shelves (if you haven’t grabbed the first copy of Jimmy Olsen, go get it)! Charretier’s art looks great and even with minimal details in the solicit, I have a feeling this is one we won’t want to miss.

 

Frogcatchers

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September 25, 2019

Publisher: Gallery 13

(W/A/CA) Jeff Lemire

Experience a surreal descent into one man’s psychosis in this haunting and chilling graphic novel from Jeff Lemire, the New York Times-bestselling author of Roughneck and Sweet Tooth. A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. The padlocked doors and barren lobby reinforce the strangeness of this place. This is, as he reads from an old-fashioned keychain beside his bed, the Edgewater Hotel. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms. But when he meets a young companion-the only other soul in this vast, enveloping emptiness-his new friend begs him not to unlock the door. There must be something behind it…but what?

I think some of Lemire’s strongest works are the shorter books/series where he does both the writing and the art. Frogcatchers will be Lemire’s second release on Simon & Schuster’s imprint, Gallery 13, with the first being Roughneck. If you’re a fan of Lemire’s creator-owned work and haven’t gotten to that one yet, now’s the time!

 

Trees: Three Fates #1 (of 5)

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September 11, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jason Howard

“A uniquely exciting read.” -IGN

The acclaimed series from WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD-which is currently being adapted for television-returns with a brand-new story of murder and ghosts!

In the remote Russian village of Toska, there’s a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything-nor what awaits her in the Tree’s shadow.

Hey, Trees is back! I know some folks were worried we wouldn’t see more of it after the news that it’s being adapted for TV, but now we know that’s not the case. I feel like this is redundant given my comment on the last book but go catch up in time for this one!

 

Everything #1

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September 4, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Christopher Cantwell, I.N.J. Culbard (A/CA) I.N.J. Culbard

EVERYTHING is a gleaming new mega-department store which arrives to extraordinary thrill-and rapidly escalates to inexplicable mania in the small town of Holland, Michigan.

When random hellish fires and unshakable psychic disturbances start to overtake the community, a few-like depressive out-of-towner Lori and a suspicious local named Rick-begin to suspect EVERYTHING and its catalog-perfect manger, Shirley.

Who-or what-exactly is in charge here . . . and what insidious plans are in store?

From Christopher Cantwell, acclaimed writer of She Could Fly and co-creator of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, and celebrated artist I.N.J. Culbard (The New Deadwardians, Brink) comes a new monthly ongoing series. Everything: a truly bizarre story about the most horrifying pursuit of happiness you’ve ever read.

Ahh, that ever-so-popular comic book setting of Holland, Michigan. Home of your favorite American tulip festival. Dark Horse’s “Berger Books,” an imprint curated by legendary editor Karen Berger, has already seen some great books and this looks to be a safe bet, too.

 

Inferior Five #1 (of 12)

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September 18, 2019

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Keith Giffen, Jeff Lemire (A) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Keith Giffen, Michelle Delecki

The citizens of Dangerfield, Arizona, are beset by strange goings-on after the “Invasion” that rocked the DC Universe, but only five misfit kids seem to notice them. Can they uncover what’s happening before some sinister force collects them all? Find out in this new miniseries! And in the backup feature with story and art by Jeff Lemire, the Peacemaker is on a top-secret mission from Checkmate and Amanda Waller to find a mysterious weapon before the Russians can.

Yeah yeah, I had to squeeze in one more Lemire-written book in here. I’ve been enjoying this trend of releasing 12-issue “maxi-series” by DC and Marvel and this sounds like some pulpy fun.

June 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Marvel Comics 1000

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August 28, 2019

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W/A/CA) Various

THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY! 
THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we have gathered together the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comic book luminaries!
There is a mystery that threads throughout the Marvel Universe – one that has its origins in MARVEL COMICS #1 and which unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! What is the Eternity Mask, and who is responsible for the conspiracy to keep it hidden? And what new player will make their startling debut as these secrets are peeled away? 
Featuring the entirety of the Marvel Universe of characters!
Rated T 
PERFECTBOUND FORMAT!

If you follow comics Twitter at all, it would have been hard to miss this announcement last month. A gigantic, all-star group of creators are collaborating on this. Don’t miss it.

 

White Trees #1 (of 2)

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August 14, 2o19

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Kris Anka

MINISERIES PREMIERE! Acclaimed Daredevil writer CHIP ZDARSKY teams up with superstar Runaways artists KRIS ANKA and MATT WILSON for this spectacular OVERSIZED TWO-ISSUE MINISERIES! In the fantastical world of Blacksand, peace was hard-won, and three unbending warriors carry the scars to prove it. Now, almost twenty years later, their children are missing and war is on the horizon. Can they put aside their memories of the war-and each other-for one last adventure?

It seems like it’s been a little while since we’ve seen some new, creator-owned work from Chip Zdarsky and that always gets a buy from me. 

 

Berserker Unbound #1

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August 7, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Mike Deodato

A merciless sword and sorcery warrior finds himself blasted through a wormhole to a modern-day metropolis where he must protect those around him from an evil wizard determined to send him to hell. From the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin comes this urban warrior fantasy series! 

The premise of this one sounds like it could have been a low budget action movie from the 80s but with Jeff Lemire writing, you can expect more than just tired tropes. Also, you better believe I ordered the Mike Mignola alternate cover (JUN190274).

 

Once & Future #1

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August 7, 2019

Publisher: Boom! Studios

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Dan Mora

* When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.
* Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) explore the mysteries of the past, the complicated truths of our history and the power of family to save the day – especially if that family has secret bunkers of ancient weapons and decades of experience hunting the greatest monsters in Britain ‘s history!

This sounds like some great, Indiana Jones-esque fun and a great fit for Gillen and Mora. Check out a three page preview here.

 

Omni #1

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August 14, 2019

Publisher: Humanoids Inc

(W) Devin Grayson (A) Ariela Kristantina (CA) Mike McKone

A young doctor mysteriously acquires superpowers and quickly discovers that she’s not the only one. There are people all over the planet Igniting with powers, but only her power can answer “why”…
Cecelia Cobbina is a gifted doctor. Vibrant, compassionate and praised by both her peers and her patients. But that was before the incident in Africa. Before she was forced to leave her job at Doctors Without Borders behind. Before she gained the ability to think faster than the speed of light. Overwhelmed with the power to answer almost every question, she must now overcome her own fears and tackle the one code she can’t seem to break: the truth behind the Ignited.

I’ll continue checking out Humanoids’ new line of H1 universe books regardless but I think this one has sounded the most interesting, so far. If you’ve got any interest in the world Humanoids just launched, pop by the store for a copy of Ignited #1, the first book in the H1 universe which recently hit the shelves.

April 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Silver Surfer: Black #1

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June 12, 2019

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Tradd Moore

Spinning out of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, almost the entire galaxy’s defenders have been blown through a black hole, including the Silver Surfer! But the story doesn’t end there… In order to fight back the oblivion, Surfer will have to fight to save his own soul and not lose himself to the void. Follow the Sentinel of the Spaceways on a journey that will change him forever!
From superstars Donny Cates (VENOM, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Tradd Moore (ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, VENOM)!
Rated T+

The cover alone should be enough to hook you on this one. Having Tradd Moore on a trippy Silver Surfer book is such an excellent choice. I’ve also yet to dip into Donny Cates’ work with Marvel (I know, I know — I’ve heard great things) and this looks to be great one to jump in with.

 

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Beast of Vargu

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June 19, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W/CA) Mike Mignola (A) Dave Stewart (A/CA) Duncan Fegredo

Mike Mignola and fan-favorite artist Duncan Fegredo reunite in this all-new one-shot! This first issue in a new era of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. sees Mignola and Fegredo send Hellboy to Romania for a pair of tales set in a small village with a centuries-old curse and a man-eating monster which culminate in a sinister puppet show and a demigod’s ill-fated dinner.

Hey, Fegredo is drawing Hellboy again with Mike Mignola writing, to boot! With the end of modern day BPRD/Hellboy just around the corner, the announcement of Beast of Vargu is very welcome. Editor Katii O’Brien has been saying there is a lot to look forward to in the Mignolaverse later this year and it looks like Beast of Vargu will be a great book to kick that off.

 

Ignited #1

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June 5, 2019

Publisher: Humanoids Inc.

(W) Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajyefo (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Mike McKone

Welcome to the H1 Universe and Ignited, Humanoids’ first ever ongoing super-powered series-brought to you by an explosive team: writers Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and Kwanza Osajyefo (Black AF), and artist Phil Briones (Aquaman), with covers by John Cassaday and Yanick Paquette! It’s the first day back at Phoenix Academy High, but this year there’s no back to school excitement in the air as returning students and faculty are haunted by memories of last year’s horrific attack. So many friends and colleagues were lost, and some of those who survived underwent changes; they Ignited, gaining supernatural abilities they barely understand. Little do they know this is just the beginning!

If you’ve not read it already, I would highly recommend reading this interview with Mark Waid and John Cassaday from this month’s Previews. They go into detail about working on Ignited as well as the direction of their new H1 universe with Humanoids. The concept for this book is certainly ripped from the headlines and I’m optimistic that Waid, Cassaday, and the team will be handling it with appropriate care.

 

Test #1

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June 26, 2019

Publisher: Vault Comics

(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Jen Hickman

Aleph Null is a lot of things: An orphan, a human guinea pig undergoing medical tests for cash, a bodyhacker, a hardcore future junkie, and a corporate asset. But now, Aleph is on the run from their old life, in search of a mythical, Midwestern town named Laurelwood where they’re test-marketing the future with tech that can’t possibly exist yet, and won’t for decades.

From Eisner-nominated Chris Sebela (Crowded, High Crimes) and Jen Hickman (Moth & Whisper) comes the story of a town out of time, full of mysteries, and populated by guinea pigs in need of liberation by the misfit least likely to be their savior.

I know I hit on this just a couple of months ago, but Vault is continuing to launch books with unique, compelling concepts. Here’s one with a cool idea from a team that seems so well matched for it. It’s also my reminder that I have to read the book Sebela did about his time living in the “Clown Motel.”

 

Marilyn Manor #1

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June 26, 2019

Publisher: IDW Publishing

(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A/CA) Marley Zarcone

Where were you in ’81? When the White House goes dark for 17 days in August, the president’s spoiled daughter and her best friend Abe-who claims to be possessed by the spirit of Abe Lincoln-throw a rager at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, unearthing long dead historical figures and government secrets that are better off buried. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll séances, and secret passageways lead to time-bending mystical romps where past and present collide. But at what cost to Marilyn Kelleher, the world at large, and music television?

Uniting the red-hot Eisner-nominated talents of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim and Kim) and artist Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl, Effigy) for the first time, MARILYN MANOR explores identity, classism, appropriation, and friendship. It’s a rollicking, neon party gone out of bounds when we need it most-set just in time for the greatest pop cultural marriage to date: MTV. 
  
“We’ve been trying to capture the feel, the excitement, the energy of the rise of the New Romantics, of the decade that embraced excess and excitement in hugely over-the-top ways, and filled it with chaos and insanity. This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever written in the best way possible, like an apocalypse directed by John Hughes.”

“…like an apocalypse written by John Hughes.” I love it. I’ve been rereading Shade the Changing Girl recently Zarcone’s art is just fantastic. I can’t wait to see what she and Mags have in store for Marilyn Manor.