Every week great reads hit the shelves to the point where sometimes it can be very overwhelming. In order to help you choose where to put your hard-earned dollars, we give you as much information as possible regarding those books.
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A MAN AMONG YE VOLUME 1
(W) Stephanie Phillips (A/CA) Craig Cermak High adventure on the high seas in the waning days of piracy, when men were men, and the best pirates were…women? Writer STEPHANIE PHILLIPS (Butcher of Paris, Descendent) and artist CRAIG CERMAK (Red Team, Voltron) bring to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era where sailing with women was thought to be bad luck, Anne and Mary might just be the only women capable of saving the pirates’ way of life. Collects A MAN AMONG YE #1-4.
HAHA #1 2ND PRINTING
ICE CREAM MAN writer W. MAXWELL PRINCE brings his signature style of one-shot storytelling to the world of clowns-and he’s invited SOME OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY’S BEST ARTISTS to join him for the ride. HAHA is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool-but these ain’t your typical jokers. With issues drawn by VANESA DEL REY (REDLANDS), GABRIEL WALTA (Vision), ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor), and more, HAHA peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.
LOST SOLDIERS TPB
(W) Ales Kot (A/CA) Luca Casalanguida, Heather Moore ADVANCE SOLICIT Vietnam, 1969. Juarez, 2009. Three men tied together by the war they left behind-on a collision course with the new one. As old grievances resurface close to the border, the bodies pile up. Can the men escape the cycles of violence, or will they be swallowed by them again, this time forever? Collects Lost Soldiers #1-5.
RADIANT BLACK #1 (John’s Hot Pick)
For fans of INVINCIBLE and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comes a brand-new ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer KYLE HIGGINS (Ultraman, C.O.W.L.) and artist MARCELO COSTA that reinvents superheroes for a new generation! Nathan Burnett has just turned thirty, and things aren’t great: He’s working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card debt is piling up, and his only move… is moving back home with his parents. But when Nathan discovers and unlocks the ethereal, cosmic RADIANT, he’s given the power to radically change his fortunes! There’s just one problem: The powers don’t belong to him. And the COSMIC BEINGS who created them want them back… by any means necessary.
BLACK HAMMER VISIONS #1
(W) Patton Oswalt (A) Dean Kotz (CA) Jason Wordie An exciting reimagination of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series told by guest writers and artists such as Patton Oswalt, Geoff Johns, Mariko Tamaki, Chip Zdarsky, Kelly Thompson, and more of comic’s top talents! Patton Oswalt joins artists Dean Kotz and Jason Wordie to explore the life of youthful super heroine Golden Gail on the Black Hammer Farm before the beginning of Black Hammer #1, and her struggle to maintain sanity as a middle-aged woman trapped in the unchanging body of a superpowered grade-schooler.
CRITICAL ROLE VOL MACHINA ORIGINS III #1
(W) Matthew Mercer, Jody Houser (A) Olivia Samson The good life never lasts. After paying off their debt to Drez Vina, Vox Machina enjoy a week in Westruun’s lap of luxury. But that costs coin, which has a bad habit of running out. So to keep themselves in the black (and the taverns, and the brothels) they agree to join an underground fighting ring. But before they can bash their way to cash, their attention is snagged by the case of a missing child. Prepare to jump back into the fray with series III of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, from the New York Times bestselling team of Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Stranger Things), Olivia Samson, MSASSYK (Isola, Gotham Academy), and Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena)!
FEAR CASE #1 2ND PRINT
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Tyler Jenkins (CA) Andrea Sorrentino Issue #1 of Fear Case sold out ahead of its publication on February 3, 2021! To fulfill demand for this already acclaimed series, Dark Horse Comics has announced a second printing, featuring a cover by comic book artist Andrea Sorrentino! A new, horrific detective series by Matt Kindt (Ether, Mind MGMT) and Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)! A no-nonsense Secret Service agent and his new-age partner investigate a mysterious box known as the “Fear Case,” which has appeared throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy. Whoever comes into possession of this case must pass it on within three days or face deadly consequences. The agents must track down this Fear Case while staying one step ahead of a psychotic cult and the otherwordly forces behind the Case’s existence.
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN YEARBOOK #1
(W) Larry Hama (A) Herb Trimpe, Bob McLeod (CA) Netho Diaz Relive the classic era of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero in this very special reprint of Yearbook #1! From the prolific imagination of Living Legend Larry Hama, the yearbook features the epic tale “Operation: Lady Doomsday,” as well as tons of amazing extra materials, and is a must-have for long-time collectors and new fans alike. Includes a brand-new cover by modern-day superstar G.I. Joe: ARAH artist Netho Diaz!
(W) Elodie Durand (A/CA) Elodie Durand A triumph of graphic memoir, Parenthesis narrates the author’s experience with tumor-related epilepsy-losing herself, and finding herself again. Julie is barely out of her teens when a tumor begins pressing on her brain, ushering in a new world of seizures, memory gaps, and loss of self. Suddenly, the sentence of her normal life has been interrupted by the opening of a parenthesis that may never close. Based on the real experiences of cartoonist Élodie Durand, Parenthesis is a gripping testament of struggle, fragility, acceptance, and transformation which was deservedly awarded the Revelation Prize of the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Pull Quotes: “In this graphic memoir, Élodie Durand tries to reconnect the threads of her memory… the resulting testimony is touching in all its simplicity… the sober and refined drawings accompany her story with a great deal of accuracy and sensitivity… the inclusion of sketches made during Durand’s convalescence adds even more strength and emotion to her black and white artistry.” – BD Gest’
DISNEY KINGDOMS GN TP FIGMENTS
NOV200647 (W) Jim Zub (A) Filipe Andrade, Ramon Bachs (CA) John Tyler Christopher One of Disney’s most popular characters – Figment, the ever-curious star of Epcot’s mind-bending attraction Journey into Imagination – stars in all-new adventures! Dive into a steampunk fantasy story revealing the origin of the astonishing inventor known as Dreamfinder, and learn how one little spark of inspiration created the purple dragon called Figment! Our daring duo explore the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike – but back on Earth, a clockwork army is assembling under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular! And when Dreamfinder and Figment find themselves in a time and place not their own, mysteries unfold – and old friends return! Can the imaginative adventurers put their heads together to help stop the world from falling into darkness? Collecting FIGMENT #1-5 and FIGMENT 2 #1-5.
KING IN BLACK #1 2ND PRINTING
KING IN BLACK BLACK PANTHER #1
(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) German Peralta (CA) Leinil Francis Yu SYMBIOTES INVADE THE UNCONQUERABLE COUNTRY OF WAKANDA! T’Challa’s most treasured allies are lost in a storm of Knull’s making in this wild one-shot! Critically acclaimed writer, actor and producer Geoffrey Thorne explores a Wakanda gone dark – invaded by Knull’s massive symbiote army. Wakanda needs its king. It needs the Black Panther. But once again, the hero must choose between his role as an Avenger, his role as a king… and the yearnings of his heart.
MORBIUS BOND OF BLOOD #1
(W) Ralph Macchio (A) Tom Reilly (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli MORBIUS, THE LIVING VAMPIRE, FACES A GHOST FROM HIS PAST: HIS FIRST KILL! • Emil Nikos was Morbius’ research partner…until the bloodlust made Emil the first victim to Morbius’ vampiric urges! • Now, Emil’s son is dying from a new rare blood disease and only Morbius can save him! • But at what cost?
STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC #1 3RD PRINTING
ARCHIE AND FRIENDS GUIDE TO DATING #1
(W) Various (A) VARIOUS (CA) Jeff Shultz Want to learn how to successfully date from the best? Well, maybe successful isn’t the best word… but if you want to learn both the “Do’s” AND “Don’ts” of dating, then you’ve just struck gold!
CASUAL FLING #1 (John’s Hot Pick)
(W) Jason Starr (A) Dalibor Talajic, Marco Lesko (CA) Dani Jennifer Ryan has the perfect life. A loving family. A high paying job in corporate law. A luxurious apartment in upper Manhattan. Then one day she steps out of her marriage…and finds that her new lover isn’t the one night stand she expected. Stalked and threatened with exposure, Jennifer attempts to unravel the true identity of her tormentor, discovering valuable clues in the trail of destruction left in this mysterious man’s wake.
CHAIN MAIL BIKINI ANTHOLOGY OF WOMEN GAMERS GN
(W) Hazel Reed Newlevant, M. K. Reed (A) Jane Mai, Molly Ostertag, Sophie Yanow (CA) Hellen Jo Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by women and nonbinary people about gaming! 40 artists and writers have contributed comics about the games they’re passionate about?from video games to tabletop role-playing to collectible card games. The comics in Chainmail Bikini explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves. Alliances are forged, dice get rolled, and dragons get slain! Chainmail Bikini showcases non-cis-male artists expressing their viewpoints as players, makers, and critics of games.
FREIHEIT! WHITE ROSE GN
(W) Andrea Grosso Ciponte (A) Andrea Grosso Ciponte With an entire nation blindly following an evil leader, where did a handful of students find the courage to resist? The university students who formed the White Rose, an undercover resistance movement in Nazi Germany, knew that doing so could cost them their lives. But some things are worth dying for. The White Rose printed and distributed leaflets to expose Nazi atrocities and wake up their fellow citizens. The Gestapo caught and executed them. But the White Rose was not silenced. Their heroism continues to inspire new generations of resisters.
GRANDE ODALISQUE HC
(W) Jerome Mulot, Florent Ruppert, Bastien Vives (A) Jerome Mulot, Florent Ruppert, Bastien Vives In this graphic novel, two women art thieves bring in a third wheel for their biggest caper yet. Alex and Carole, friends since childhood, are now (literal) partners in crime. But the heist – to steal the Ingres painting The Grande Odalisque from the Louvre in Paris – is too much for the duo to handle, so they bring in Clarence, a bureaucrat’s son with a price on his head by a Mexican drug cartel and, more importantly, an arms dealer. Next is Sam, a stunt motorcyclist and boxer by trade, who proves trigger happy with tranquilizer darts. Using soda can smoke bombs, rocket launchers, and hang gliders, Alex, Carole, and Sam set off a set of circumstances that results in a battle with the French Special Forces – and their partnership, which was on the rocks, will never be the same again. Ruppert and Mulot, two of the most innovative comic creators in the world, team up with multiple Angouleme prize winner Bastien Vives to bring you this impossibly funny, violent, and sexy action-packed thriller.
I WALK WITH MONSTERS #1 2ND PRINTING
(W) Paul Cornell (CA) Tim Daniel (A/CA) Sally Cantirino In Jacey’s past is the Important Man who took away her brother. Now Jacey has David, who sometimes transforms into a terrifying beast. Together, they’ve found a way to live–and to hunt, sniffing out men who prey on the vulnerable. But Jacey and David are about to run into the Important Man again. From Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Doctor Who, Elementary) and Sally Cantirino (Last Song, We Have To Go Back) comes a haunting story about the monsters that walk beside us all, and sometimes lurk within.
IT EATS WHAT FEEDS IT TP
NOV201496 (W) Max Hoven, Aaron Crow (A) Gabriel Lumazark In this grimy horror romp, Francois, a stunning middle-aged woman, has developed a worsening affliction and seeks a young caretaker to upkeep her lavish creole mansion deep in the mystic bayou of Louisiana. Kenny, a teenage halfwit looking for a summer job, stumbles right to her doorstep. Free rent, free meals, high pay, easy work, and a provocative boss… what’s there for Kenny to refuse? Well, there’s the blood-covered kitchen spilling over with raw meat and the bolt-locked steel-plated attic door he’s restricted access to.
JO & RUS GN
(W) Audra Winslow (A/CA) Audra Winslow * A new middle grade graphic novel perfect for fans of Lumberjanes and Stargazing from cartoonist Audra Winslow about two unlikely best friends who learn to roll with the punches when life doesn’t go their way. * Jo and Rus don’t realize how much they have in common – she’s a middle schooler who’s constantly bullied and he’s a high schooler in a rock band. * But when a mysterious one-eyed cat brings them together, they quickly learn they’re both outcasts trying to figure out what they really want from life in a world where the odds are stacked against them. * Now they’ll discover who they are, who they want to be and what it takes for every one of us to find our own happiness!
JUNIOR HIGH HORRORS STRANGEST THINGEES #1
(W) Rob Potchak (A/CA) Eric Kent The dyslexia-friendly all-ages horror parody returns with a direct parody of everyone’s favorite Netflix nostalgia creep show in a story called Strangest Thingees! Expect the unexpected as JV disappears into the “Down Under,” and as Mama tries to get the help of Chief Harbour to find her little man, the other kids enlist the help of the new girl, Twelve. And what’s the deal with the weird stray dog brought home by Laurie? Also features a backup story involving Nancy going to the dentist and Frederick facing an evil plant!
MAP OF MY HEART GN
(W) John Porcellino (A/CA) John Porcellino During a period of isolation following a divorce, John Porcellino penned Map of My Heart, endowing it with the sensitivity and emotional depth so characteristic to his minimalist style. His tender drawings and spacious panels shape an autobiographical testimony where no moment is too small or insignificant for posterity. Pensive walks in the forest, encounters with rogue woodland creatures, school yard fights, Zen meditations, long lost crushes, and childhood exploits are the heart of this therapeutic account of the ever-fleeting present.
(W) Ben Slabak (A) Francesca Carita Scoot Imprint! Imagine a parallel Earth during The Age of Discovery. Imagine The Pirates of the Caribbean where the prize is a fantastical power wielded by a mysterious individual known simply as “The Mapmaker.” Any map he creates comes to life, a power highly desired by King Gus, who will stop at nothing to obtain it. The crew of the privateer ship The Rogue Wave, captained by the courageous Lei Li, are the only ones standing in their way with a mission to deliver The Mapmaker’s successor before his power wanes and is lost forever. A fun tale for all ages! Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.
MY LIFE IN TRANSITION GN
(W) julia Kaye (A) julia Kaye My Life in Transition is a story that’s not often told about trans lives: what happens beyond the early days of transition. Both deeply personal and widely relatable, this collection illustrates six months of Julia’s life as an out trans woman-about the beauty and pain of love and heartbreak, struggling to find support from bio family and the importance of chosen family, moments of dysphoria and misgendering, learning to lean on friends in times of need, and finding peace in the fact that life keeps moving forward.
OLD HAUNTS TP
(W) Ollie Masters, Rob Williams (A) Laurence Campbell Three Made Men, standing at the brink of retirement, find their unbreakable bond put to the ultimate test when they are suddenly – and literally – assaulted by the ghosts of their past. Confronted by decades of buried secrets – resentments, affairs, double-crosses, and murders – the three friends have no choice but to unearth the deepest, darkest sin from their past and pray they don’t find an empty grave.
(W) Christine Larsen (A/CA) Christine Larsen * For fans of The Adventure Zone and Critical Role, meet Bog and his misfit crew of Orcs as they adventure through the Known World courtesy of acclaimed cartoonist Christine Larsen (Adventure Time). * After being banished from their Orcish village by King Hrograhgah (it was a simple misunderstanding, involving an acorn-related prank!), Bog and his crew venture out into the world to seek their fortune, and hopefully find their way back home again. * Tag along with Bog, Zep, Pez, Utzu and Gurh as they venture through the dreaded Eerieasallhel Forest, face off against Trolls, Gnomes, squirrels and more, and follow in the footsteps of the legendary Orc hero, Drod One-Eye! * Every issue of Orcs! is oversized, featuring more than 30 story pages.
(W) Steve Niles (A/CA) Gyula Nemeth In Nazi-occupied Budapest, a young woman sees her mother and father brutally murdered by an SS Officer. She escapes with her Grandfather and the help of a Rabbi. Filled with rage and hatred, the Grandfather asks the Rabbi for help and he shows them an ancient box that contains a demon filled with hate and violence. They can have the revenge they want but only by giving up their sense of right and wrong. Horror master, Steve Niles, pairs up with his Criminal Macabre artist, Gyula Nemeth, on this poignant and terrifying tale of a family driven to rage and vengeance.
RECOUNT #1 2ND PRINTING
(W) Jonathan Hedrick (A) Gabriel Ibarra Nunez Second Printing After the assassination of a U.S. President, the conspirators turn their sights on all who helped him get into power. By this, they mean to kill everyone who helped him ascend to the presidency-including the ordinary citizens who elected him, essentially plunging the entire country into civil war. Meanwhile, the vice president, one of the few survivors of the executive branch, struggles to prevent the nation from descending into chaos.
STABBITY BUNNY DARK ORIGINS GN
(W) Richard Rivera (A) Dwayne Biddix Stabbity Bunny: Dark Origins reprints the first two issues of the original series in the Scout Prestige format! Read the stories that started it all! When 7-year-old Grace Lee is abducted, she finds an unexpected protector in the form of her plush bunny – or does she? The malevolent forces hunting the little girl’s family move into the final phases of their ultimate plan to either eliminate or recruit the last surviving members of the Lee family. This 64-page magazine format will also include previously unpublished, behind-the-scenes process pages, covers, and pin-ups!
WHITE ASH PRESENTS PRESENTS GLARIEN ONE SHOT
(W) Charlie Stickney (A) Conor Hughes, Yishan Li, Fin Cramb (A/CA) Romina Moranelli Just in time for Valentine’s Day, White Ash returns with three all-new tales exploring the romantic and bloody history of Glarien, the most dangerous elf to be found in the nine realms. This White Ash one shot is a perfect collection of stories for fans of Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja, or people who like seeing an elf who knows how to handle a sword.
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