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Preview: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Witches #4 (of 4)

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Witches #4 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Anthony Mighella
Adapted by: Jeff Stokely
Artist: Jeff Stokely

In this final stand-alone issue, Harvey Award-nominated artist Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla) adapts an unproduced teleplay by writers of the The Storyteller television show Susan Kodicek, Anne Mountfield, and Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella that weaves together the legend of the Russian witch, Baba Yaga.

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Review: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #4

witches 004 aFor a series that is focused on fairy tales dealing with witches, it makes sense that at some point it would have to include Baba Yaga, here drawn from an unused teleplay for the original television series.  While there are other witches who are more famous in fairy tales, many of them are not named specifically, and so Baba Yaga as a name is distinctive enough to merit some attention.  The story follows a fairly common theme among fairy tales, the death of a mother and her replacement with a mean step-mother and her mean daughters. The young girl acting as the protagonist is forced into a life of servitude, which is made all the worst when she is sent to the dark forest to live.

In the folklore tradition of Baba Yaga there is not one common narrative as there is with for instance Cinderella or Snow White, instead the witch is more like a legend or superstition in her portrayal, and often even a cautionary tale of what happens to children that do not behave.  Here though she is put into a story which captures a lot of the commonalities of fairy tales, even when they are not from a specific story dealing with Baba Yaga.  This makes the story seem a bit artificial at times, and this is even more evident, as the titular Storyteller is shown in this issue far more than in previous issues, and his presence seems almost like it is necessary to advance the plot. Equally though by pulling from stock material for fairy tales, it does allow the main character to display some redeeming qualities, notably when she is challenged to riddles which she quickly deciphers.

The end result for this issue and this series is a little bit of a disappointment.  While the series is quaint and interesting when approached from a certain angle, it also never really managed to reach the level that it could have or should have.  The collected edition might be a nice addition to a child’s library, but from an adult point of view, most of the fairy tales in this four part series missed the mark.  This fourth and final issue was probably the second best of the four, but as it is still only about average, it is indicative of the problems that this series faced.

Story: Anthony Mighella Art: Jeff Stokely
Story: 7.4 Art: 7.4 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Pass

BOOM! Studios and Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.  

 

Preview: Rocket Salvage #1 (of 6)

Rocket Salvage #1 (of 6)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan

Primo Rocket used to be the fastest speeder-racer in the galaxy, but after a crash that sealed the fate of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo, Primo has resigned himself to life as a lowly spaceship salvage yard owner. However, his two “kids”—harvest clone Beta, and Beta’s genius girl-clone Zeta—can’t seem to keep out of trouble. When the dysfunctional family suddenly becomes the target of an intergalactic manhunt, the family has to come together to save their home.

A dysfunctional family drama about three clones running a rocket ship repair shop. Throw in some spaceport street-racing and a few alien gangsters—just tell us when to start our engines! Did we mention space racing?!

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Preview: Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #3 (of 4)

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #3 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Jake Myler

Deep in the Crystal Cave the Fraggles find…Doozers?! Gobo, Red, and the rest of the gang meet a whole new, never-before-seen colony of Doozers with a bit more artistic flare than they’re used to. But will they be able to help the Fraggles get water back to Fraggle Rock?

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Take Flight with Archaia’s New Original Series Feathers

Archaia, an imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, have nnounced the January debut of the new limited series Feathers. Following in the footsteps of Archaia titles Rust, Iron: Or, the War After, and The Reason for Dragons, creator Jorge Corona’s first original work is an an all-ages adventure that dives into the darkness and beauty of life. Fans of Avatar: Legend of Korra and Amulet will fall in love with Poe, the boy covered in feathers.

Poe has always been different. Born covered in feathers, he’s watched the strange slums of the Maze from rooftops, lending a helping hand in secret and earning the title of “ghost of the Maze.” When Bianca, a feisty girl from inside the walled city, gets lost in the Maze, Poe finds himself making his very first friend. Together they’ll have to dodge street gangs and child-snatchers as they try to get Bianca home, and perhaps together will learn the secrets to his mysterious past.

Feathers #1 arrives in comic shops from Archaia on January 7th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code NOV141106. The main cover is illustrated by series creator Jorge Corona, with an incentive cover by Ken Niimura and a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Ramón K. Pérez.

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CLUSTER #1

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artists: A: James Stokoe (99%) B: Simon Roy (1%, Jackpot Variant) C: Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) INCENTIVE D: Declan Shalvey INCENTIVE

WHY WE LOVE IT: Ed Brisson (Sheltered) is one of comics’ best new voices and we could not wait to work with him on an original series following his run on Sons of Anarchy. After hearing his pitch for a gritty, violent, sci-fi epic in the vein of The Dirty Dozen, we knew there was no one better to bring the criminal cast of characters to life than the other half of the Sons of Anarchy team and Ed’s Murder Book collaborator, Damian Couceiro.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Cluster is a series for fans of old-school, hard-boiled action. Brisson and Couceiro know how to tell stories about rich characters with criminal backgrounds, and the off-world setting allows them to tell personal stories with a massive scope. Have you ever wondered what a book starring all those lowlifes in the gutters of sci-fi havens like Mos Eisley would look like? Then we have the book for you.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the distant future, as mankind discovers life on other planets, it needs soldiers to defend its colonies and outposts across the stars. In order to increase the number of boots on the ground, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve in the place of incarceration. But as wars wage on and more soldiers are needed, small-time crimes are given long-term punishments. When a group of prisoners serving their time as soldiers become stranded and abandoned on a war-torn planet, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space.

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CURB STOMP #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Devaki Neogi
Cover Artists: A. Tula Lotay B. Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) INCENTIVE C. Marie Bergeron INCENTIVE

WHY WE LOVE IT: Punk rock isn’t dead…yet. Turf wars, breaking rules, crushing violence, and Black Flag—these are a few of our favorite things, and we can’t wait for Curb Stomp to straight-up knock our teeth out (in a good way).
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Writer Ryan Ferrier (D4VE) is a creator on the rise, and newcomer Devaki Neogi’s art will hook you with its aggressiveness but keep you coming back with its heart. Curb Stomp is an unflinching, visceral look at the lengths one woman will go to protect her friends, her family, and her home—perfect for fans of Rat Queens and the seminal ‘70s cult-favorite film The Warriors.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of  three boroughs  surrounding  a  rich  metropolitan  city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever—Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt—to defend their turf at all costs.

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HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #1 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Madéleine Flores
Artist: Madéleine Flores
Cover Artists: A: Madéleine Flores B: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (10 Years Cover) INCENTIVE C: MAiS2  INCENTIVE

WHY WE LOVE IT: Médeleine Flores’ tale of a smart, hilarious, and intensely capable little warrior enchanted us immediately with its unique sense of humor and manga-influenced look and feel. We couldn’t wait to bring it to you!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you love the brand of kick-butt girl power that the Lumberjanes bring to the page each month, then this sword-wielding girl and her hilarious adventures will be exactly what you need to round out your pull list. Also, there are witches who turn everyone to hunks. What’s not to love?
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Based on Médeleine Flores’ popular webcomic, Help Us! Great Warrior is about a very powerful Great Warrior (natch) who protects her village from evil-doers and looks great in her armor while doing it. Possessing great strength and even greater self-confidence, she’s ready to kick some butts and save everyone, especially hunky guys.

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PLUNDER #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Swifty Lang
Artist: Skuds McKinley
Cover Artists: A: Skuds McKinley B: Ramón K. Pérez (10 Years Cover) INCENTIVE C. Daniele Serra

WHY WE LOVE IT: Swifty Lang gave us a whole new look at werewolves with Feeding Ground, a terrifying tale packed with social commentary. When he told us he’d teamed up with newcomer Skuds McKinley for a story of horror on the high seas, we were all in.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: BOOM! Studios and Archaia have been at the forefront of the horror comics revival, with titles like Feeding Ground, Curse, and Clive Barker’s Next Testament. Plunder is the next step in that evolution, as fans of Captain Phillips and The Thing will enjoy this mix of current events-inspired adventure and supernatural terror.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: After facing off with an illegal Chinese vessel, a gang of Somali pirates tries to board what they think is a research vessel, only to find themselves in the midst of a massacre. As their worst nightmares become reality, the 14-year-old boy who went from translator to reluctant pirate not only becomes the key to survival, but must decide for himself how far he is willing to go in the name of self-preservation.

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BURNING FIELDS #2 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artists:  A. Colin Lorimer B. Riley Rossmo INCENTIVE

As new murders arise across the oilfields of Iraq and their surrounding cities, strange alliances form: Dana and Aban delve into one another’s pasts in the search for the killers, while Verge, the private military company that blocks Dana and Aban at every turn, makes its own inroads on the case.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #3

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artists: A: Declan Shalvey 90% B: Riley Rossmo 10% C: Chris Visions INCENTIVE

Are you ready for…General Plissken? The independent state of Florida has forced Snake to train their troops for the inevitable war with the United States. But you know Snake, he’s not exactly “Employee of the Year.” He’s just trying to find his freedom, and may anger two warring factions in the process!

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ETERNAL #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: William Harms
Artist: Giovanni Valletta
Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

In a world of clones, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Gail and her fellow renegades have attacked the holding pen of the only non-cloned humans in the city. New Life has sent its officers, including the tough-as-nails Rathmann, who is ready for a rematch with Gail.

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DEEP STATE #4

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Cover Artists: A: Matt Taylor B: Artyom Trakhanov INCENTIVE

Harrow and Branch come face to face with the Cosmonaut threat overrunning the rural Pennsylvania town and its residents, and the two Control agents will be forced to decide how far they are willing to go in order to keep the invasion from spreading.

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists: A: Christopher Mitten B: “Infection” Graffiti Design INCENTIVE

Pope’s past comes to light as his ascension from commanded to commander stirs trouble among the apes. With no sign of Pope’s return, Koba must do away with their kinship for the honor of Caesar. Alexander has been taken. Rita is dying as the simian flu takes more of her every day. The hardest days of Malcolm’s life are upon him and there is nothing he can do that will make things right. Nothing to do but try.

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FICTION SQUAD #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Ramon Bachs
Cover Artist: Ramon Bachs

Frankie finds himself back in the midst of chaos on the streets of Rimes. While the case has been cracked wide open, he has less than a day to do anything about it. The Queens and Witches are waging a war staged by the mysterious knife-wielding man and the livelihood of stories from all walks of the world are on the line. Frankie may have messed up things in his own story, but this time he will not go down without a fight.

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WILD’S END #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author:  Dan Abnett
Artist:  I.N.J. Culbard
Cover Artist: I.N.J. Culbard

Not everyone who set out to uncover the truth behind the aliens creating havoc in Lower Crowchurch has survived the journey. Those that remain now put their lives on the line in a last-ditch effort to save their town in this stunning conclusion to the hit series.

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HEXED #7

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

The race between Lucifer and Madame Cymbaline to complete the artifact stolen from Val’s armory comes to an end, with disastrous implications for both sides. Meanwhile, the Harlot’s vicious endgame continues to be slowly revealed…

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ROBOCOP #8

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

War in the streets! With an officer dead and more bodies adding to the count, things have gotten personal. Taking down ED2000Xs and tearing through Killian’s men, RoboCop will not stop until this bloodbath comes to an end. As Killian takes to the press for protection, Detective Anne Lewis has only one target in her sights. Even if it means her badge and freedom, she will make him pay.

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artists: A: Eric Powell B: Brian Churilla INCENTIVE

Leading a band of crazy warriors and walking away from another fight with the big bad, Jack Burton has never felt so on top of the world. Unfortunately, Jack is about to find out that when one pillar comes crashing down, another is sure to take its place.

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THE WOODS #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

The more the crew finds out about the woods, the deeper the mystery gets. With Clay and the Duke teaming up to try and force the school into servitude for the New London army, the kids need to think up a plan to save their peers, and fast. Can they escape New London and make it back to the school in time to warn everyone? And with Adrian uncontrollable and on the loose, no one knows what his next move will be.

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CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Riley Rossmo

As Midian crumbles, the Nightbreed are forced to the surface world once more to face all of mankind’s hate and zealot rage. After betraying his people for the woman he loves, Boone now finds a new fire burning within him. The Chosen One will finally have to make the choice to live up to his title.

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EVIL EMPIRE #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

Reese and her carefully amassed crew is finally making a dent in the Evil Empire. With Reese’s resistance appealing to people to stand strong behind their beliefs, it’s a matter of how many people fall on each side of the morality line. What do you stand for?

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SONS OF ANARCHY #18

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante

How did Happy get that first Smiley Face tattoo? This self-contained issue delves into the fan-favorite character’s origins, giving a glimpse of how everyone’s favorite psychopath came to be. Spoiler: It ain’t pretty.

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SUICIDE RISK #22

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Elena Casagrande

With his newly adopted Earth at stake, Requiem must forge an alliance with a powerful entity more dangerous than himself: Aisa. The follower of a great and ancient goddess, Aisa and her sister Diva may hold the key to closing the F.A.U.L.T.Line once and for all—but which side will Tracey find herself when they do?

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ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #2 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Meredith Gran
Artist: Carey Pietsch
Cover Artists: A: Reimena Yee  B: Adam Gorham (Subscription Cover) C: Kat Leyh INCENTIVE

Marceline finds herself in a whole new world while Princess Bubblegum realizes her mistake and starts planning how to bring her friend back. The threat to Ooo might be down for now, but one unlikely bun is going to suddenly find himself with too much power to handle!

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ABIGAIL AND THE SNOWMAN #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author:  Roger Langridge
Artist:  Roger Langridge
Cover Artists: Roger Langridge

Abigail knows helping Claude find his way home won’t be easy (goodbyes never are), but just as the two best friends set off on their journey, the Shadow Men put their top and most dangerous agent on the job of tracking the missing yeti down.

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CAPTURE CREATURES #4

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Frank Gibson
Artist: Becky Dreistadt
Cover Artists: A: Becky Dreistadt 90% B: Katy Farina 10% C: Ashley Davis INCENTIVE

New creatures are popping up all over! Tamzen and company have their hands full as they try to unravel the secrets of their new friends, but the threat facing the creatures is only growing larger! With new, more powerful evolutions to deal with, the kids will either find the strength they need…or find themselves in over their heads.

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UNCLE GRANDPA #5

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Yehudi Mercado, Nichol Ashworth, Phil Murphy, Shane Hillman, Laura Howell & Andrea Schuster
Artists: Yehudi Mercado, Nichol Ashworth, Phil Murphy, Shane Hillman, Laura Howell & Andrea Schuster
Cover Artists: A. Aaron Alexovich B. Matt Kaufenberg (Subscription Cover)

Reach into your belly bag and pull out the latest issue of Uncle Grandpa. With that brand-new, right-out-of-the-oven, pizza smell! Ride the tiger and don the coolest sunglasses you can find, because things just got radical.

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STEVEN UNIVERSE #7

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle
Cover Artists: A. Amber Rogers 90% B. Ru Xu 10% C. Helen Yoon INCENTIVE

Steven just wanted a nice day with his friends, maybe some gardening with a slight chance of rain. Too bad some bugs have different ideas! Beach City is infested! What is going on with these bugs and why is Steven suddenly alone in this mission?

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THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Frank Gibson
Artist: Missy Pena
Cover Artists: A. Mariel Cartwright B. Laura Birdsall (Subscription Cover)

It’s tough being a kid in school these days, but with Darwin at his side, nothing can stop Gumball from being the coolest cat in class. Well, maybe some things can…it’s another wild romp through Elmore!

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Carey Pietsch, Meredith McClaren, Tait Howard, Chrystin Garland, & T. Zysk
Artists: Carey Pietsch, Meredith McClaren, Tait Howard, Chrystin Garland, & T. Zysk
Cover Artists: A. Rose Besch B. Toril Orlesky (Subscription Cover)

PuppyCat needs a day off, and when it looks like Bee is incapable of looking after herself he enlists the help of their downstairs neighbor! From Bee learning some new fight moves to updating her DVD collection, these short missions are only getting started!

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REGULAR SHOW #20

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Nick Sumida
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists: A: Allison Strejlau B: Sonnye Lim (Subscription Cover) C: Artyom Trakhanov INCENTIVE

Genies for everyone! In this outrageous conclusion to “My Own Private Gum Ball,” a poorly-conceived wish lands everyone in the park with their own magic lamp. That’s bad news for the gang, especially since they’re already up to their eyeballs in trouble (or, in Rigby’s case, up to Benson’s eyeballs). Spring Break ends here!

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PEANUTS #25

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Paige Braddock, Vicki Scott
Artist: Vicki Scott
Cover Artists: A. Vicki Scott B. Charles M. Schulz

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re huge Peanuts fans, and being able to do over two years of Peanuts anthology-style comics is a dream come true. Now we’re hanging out with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang in our first long-form issue!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Peanuts has been a beloved comic for generations, and we’re celebrating their 65th anniversary with our first ever non-anthology issue of Peanuts with a 32-page original story inspired by the master works of Charles M. Schulz.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, we are releasing this oversized, ad-free extravaganza! If you find yourself missing summer in the cold days of winter, we’re bringing it back to warm your spirits! It is time for the Peanuts to go to Summer Camp!

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BRAVEST WARRIORS #29

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists: A: Ian McGinty 50% B: Reimena Yee 50% C: Jasmine Goggins INCENTIVE

It’s a Littlest Warriors one shot! This adorable stand-alone story of the Bravest Warriors on one of Danny’s earliest birthday parties is filled with all the mischief you could expect when the gang is unleashed upon intergalactic skee-ball, arcades, and ball pits!

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GARFIELD #34: HIS 9 LIVES, PART 2 (OF 4 )

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Scott Nickel
Artists: Roger Langridge, Yehudi Mercado, Andy Hirsch
Cover Artist: A: Andy Hirsch B: Roger Langridge INCENTIVE

“His 9 Lives, Part 2” Our trip through Garfield’s 9 Lives continues with two more all-star artists! This month, Roger Langridge (The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow) brings us The Fat Cat on the High Seas, as we learn of Garfield’s pirate past! Also, Yehudi Mercado (Guardians of the Galaxy: Universal Weapon) draws Garfield in the Old West.

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ADVENTURE TIME #37

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Author: Chris Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists: A: Troy Nixey B: Jerry Gaylord (Subscription Cover) C: Justin Hillgrove INCENTIVE

Finn and Jake might have finally met their match in the EPIC THUMB WAR COMPETITION FOR BAKED GOODS, but it looks like their battle is just beginning as these two pals get ready for their biggest challenge yet.

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MUNCHKIN #2

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Thomas Siddell
Artist: Mike Holmes
Cover Artists: A: Ian McGinty B: Tyler Crook INCENTIVE

Munchkin—the game where you do whatever it takes to win, whether it’s backstabbing your own mum or befriending your worst enemy—is now a comic. And the twists and turns are just as unpredictable as the game. This little comic has a real Napoleon complex. Featuring a backup story by Jim Zub (Wayward). All first printings come with an exclusive game card!

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TEEN DOG #6 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
Cover Artist: Jake Lawrence

Fast food, retail, waiting on tables, paper rounds. Part-time jobs are a nightmare, but you gotta make that dough. It’s the struggle, and Teen Dog is no exception to the rule.

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LUMBERJANES #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Cover Artists: A. Carolyn Nowak B. Emily Hu INCENTIVE

Mal and Molly are on an adventure they don’t really understand, but they will rely on each other to make it back to their friends and camp. What is the Bear Woman up to this time? And what are Jo, April, and Ripley up to while their friends fight for their lives?

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FEATHERS #2 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona

Fresh from their near-miss escape from the Guards, Bianca and Poe strike a deal: If he guides her through the treacherous Maze, she will take him to see the White Guide, a feathered statue in the City that may hold the key to Poe’s origins. It’s an adventure that will take them from the lowest shadows to the highest rooftops, with untold dangers along the way…and not everyone in the Maze is happy about their new alliance.

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ROCKET SALVAGE #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan
Cover Artist: Bachan

Behind the wheel of a salvage space hauler, on the run from an armada of robot religious zealots, and catering to the whims of a wild, mad scientist alien, the Rockets are in for a lot more than they bargained for. Luckily, if life has taught them anything, it is that nothing good ever comes easy.

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THE RETURNING TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Jason Starr
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

WHY WE LOVE IT: We can’t get enough innovative mashups of some of our favorite genres: Fantasy, Horror, and Mystery. Plus, we’re fascinated with the science of Near-Death Experiences (NDE)!
WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Award-winning novelist Jason Starr (Wolverine Max, The Chill) and artist Andrea Mutti (Conan, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) deliver a gripping but deeply human drama set in an uncertain world.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Near future, and some people who have had Near-Death Experiences have come back “changed.” They exhibit extreme behavioral changes, becoming increasingly paranoid and violent, and no one knows why. People who have had NDE’s fall immediately under suspicion, and in some cases, are murdered by justice-seeking vigilantes. It is in this world where Beth, a quiet high school student with a bright future, will learn just how quickly friends and family will turn on her when she has the bad luck of surviving the worst night of her life… Collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-4.

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CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT VOL. 2 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Clive Barker & Mark Miller
Artist: Haemi Jang
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

The being known as Wick has been freed, and has begun delivering swift vengeance upon the world. But he’s not alone in his quest, as he gains acceptance and followers around the world—and crushes any that oppose him. Meanwhile, Tristan and Elspeth try to pick up the pieces in the wake of a devastating plane crash, and must survive the deadly obstacles thrown in their path as they weave their way through this new and inhospitable world. One of the most critically acclaimed horror comics in recent memory, this edition collects issues #5-8 of Horror Master Clive Barker’s latest epic, with help from co-writer Mark Miller (Hellraiser) and artist Haemi Jang (Hellraiser: The Road Below).

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SUICIDE RISK VOL. 4  TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artists: Elena Casagrande & Filipe Andrade
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten) and fan-favorite artist Elena Casagrande (Hulk, Hack/Slash) continue the mysterious superhero world of Suicide Risk with this critically acclaimed fourth arc, which also includes the celebrated standalone story illustrated by spotlight artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel, Avengers). Requiem is in full control now, and Tracey, Danny, and Suni must find a way to survive the vengeful god parading around in Leo Winters’ body. He has his own plans and has been thwarted before, but this time Requiem won’t let something as simple as family get in his way… Collects issues #14-17.

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PEANUTS VOL. 5 TP

Retail Price: $13.99
Authors: Charles M. Schulz, Bob Scott, Vicki Scott, Jeff Dyer, Alexis E. Fajardo, Caleb Monroe & Nat Gertler
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott, Mona Koth, Stephanie Gladden, Scott Jeralds, Robert Pope, Jeff Shultz & Andy Hirsch
Cover Artist: Vicki Scott

Grab your blanket and get ready to cuddle up with this timeless collection of Peanuts goodness! Featuring brand-new adventures with Charlie Brown and the gang alongside classic strips from legendary creator Charles M. Schulz, this is the perfect read for old and new fans alike. Whether you want to take a seat at Schroeder’s piano or seek counsel at Lucy’s psychiatric booth, this volume features all your favorite friends in the neighborhood and has something for everybody.

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ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 5 MATHEMATICAL EDITION HC

Retail Price: $34.99
Author: Ryan North
Artists: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Cover Artist: Design by Jillian Crab

CHEW ON THIS! Princess Bubblegum only wants what is best for her kingdom…most of the time. After an experiment of hers goes wrong, Ooo falls under attack and this time, Finn and Jake won’t be able to help. Princess Bubblegum must stand up and fight her own creation, with the help of Marceline… and Lemongrab? It shouldn’t be too hard to save the day, right? Don’t miss these brand-new adventures written by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and illustrated by the dynamic art duo, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. This totally mathematical hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the making of the Adventure Time comic! Collects Adventure Time issues #20-24.

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GUNNERKRIGG COURT VOL. 1: ORIENTATION TP

Retail Price: $16.99
Author: Thomas Siddell
Artist: Thomas Siddell
Cover Artist: Thomas Siddell

WHY WE LOVE IT: Thomas Siddell’s critically acclaimed and award-winning webcomic has fans all over the world, and the last printed edition completely sold out. With a new cover by creator Thomas Siddell and in softcover for the first time, the release of the first volume is finally available again for old fans and new readers alike!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: We’ll let Neil Gaiman tell you all about it: “I was thrilled to hear that my favourite webcomic was going to be collected on paper. I wish that Antimony Carver and her adventures and mysteries and myths, not to mention her school, had been around when I was a boy, to shape and warp and twist my growing mind—but I don’t think you could ever grow too old to delight in Gunnerkrigg Court.”
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around alongside body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up. Available in softcover for the first time!

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Preview: Butterfly #3 (of 4)

Butterfly #3 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Story: Arash Amel
Author: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Stefano Simeone

Butterfly’s enemies have caught up to her and she’s led them and their intentions of violence to her father’s door. They will have to work together in order to keep Nightingale’s family safe…but that doesn’t mean they’ll be safe from each other.

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Hop Into the Driver’s Seat with New Archaia Original Series Rocket Salvage

Archaia, an imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, invites you to pull on your racing gear and rev up your engines this December for the new sci-fi adventure series Rocket Salvage. Creator/writer Yehudi Mercado and artist Bachan give new meaning to the term “space race” with this six-issue limited series about a disgraced former rocket racer named Primo Rocket and his clone kids as they take off across the galaxy to escape the alien gangsters targeting them.

Primo Rocket was the fastest racer in the galaxy until a crash changed his fate and that of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo. Now, Primo is the owner of a spaceship salvage yard with his two “kids,” clones Beta and Zeta. But everything changes after they become the target of a manhunt leading them on a string of intergalactic adventures. It’s up to this dysfunctional family to stay together and, ultimately, save their home.

Rocket Salvage #1 arrives in comic shops from Archaia on December 17th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT141161. The main cover is illustrated by series artist Bachan, with an incentive cover by Yehudi Mercado.

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Preview: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #3 (of 4)

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #3 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Matthew Dow Smith
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith

Matthew Dow Smith (X-Files, Hellboy) tells the epic Irish folktale of “The Phantom Isle.” When a young man shipwrecks on a mysterious island ruled by a council of witches, he has the choice of freedom or staying on the isle where he does not age. The lure of immortality is hard to resist, but it comes with a price he may not be willing to pay.

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Preview: The Last Broadcast #7 (of 7)

The Last Broadcast #7 (of 7)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: André Sirangelo
Artist: Gabriel Iumazark

Reunited with Backbone, Ivan must unlock the mysteries of Blackhall’s legacy to find the final glowbug and take down S.P.I. once and for all. But will the combined forces of Backbone and the Nonchalants be enough to stop Sir Arthur? Find out in the stunning conclusion to The Last Broadcast!

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