IDW Publishing Previews: 12/24/14

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn

Hugo Pratt (w & a & c)

This book, the first of 12 volumes, launches the definitive English language edition of Hugo Pratt’s masterpiece, presented in the original oversized B&W format with new translations made from Pratt’s original Italian scripts.

Long before the term “graphic novel” entered the popular lexicon—ten years before Will Eisner’s A Contract with GodHugo Pratt pioneered the long-form “drawn literature” story. Corto Maltese set the standard for all adult adventure comics in Europe. By the mid-1970s Corto was the continent’s most popular series and Hugo Pratt the world’s leading graphic novelist.

Hugo Pratt’s peripatetic sailor was featured in a series of 29 stories. The adventures of this modern Ulysses are set during the first 30 years of the 20th Century in such exotic locales as Pratt’s native Venice, the steppes of Manchuria, the Caribbean islands, the Danakil deserts, the Amazon forests, and the waves of the Pacific.

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn collects the first six inter-connected short stories Pratt created in France in the early 1970s: “The Secret of Tristan Bantam,” “Rendez-vous in Bahia,” “Sureshot Samba,” “The Brazilian Eagle,” “So Much for Gentlemen of Fortune,” and “The Seagull’s Fault.”

TPB • B&W • $29.99 • 140 pages • 9.25” x 11.75” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-065-0

Garbage Pail Kids Comic Book Puke-tacular

Peter Bagge, Dean Haspiel, Various (w & a) • Mark Pingitore (c)

Remember mullets and teased bangs? Stonewashed denim jackets and jeans? Well, not everything about the ‘80s was lame, because that’s when the Garbage Pail Kids ruled the world! Those irreverent, satirical stickers quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon, but they never had their own comic book… until now! In the spirit of the avant-garde cartoonists and humorists who fathered these miscreants, a new generation of alternative-comics creators has lent their unique talents to bring the Garbage Pail Kids into the wacky world of comics— just in time for their 30th birthday!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division #4 (of 4)

Matt Smith (w) • Carl Critchlow (a) • Matt Haley (c)

In an all-new adventure from Cassandra Anderson’s early days in Psi-Division, writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow present “King of the Six Sectors.” The theft of Cursed Earth artifacts has led Anderson from the mutant-filled swamplands near Texas City back to the criminal underground of Mega-City One, but nothing could prepare her for what’s coming next!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Judge Dredd #26

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Mark Sexton (c)

“Mega-City Manhunt, part 2”— Everybodhttps://graphicpolicy.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpy wants Dredd. Chief Justice Cal wants Dredd erased, since he’s the only one who knows the truth about the Council of Five. SJS Judge Verrity wants Dredd to answer for his crimes in Sector One. Judge Anderson wants Dredd to stay alive long enough to figure out how she’ll get her body back. And Dubbie Cruz—an unfortunately Judge Cal lookalike—wants Dredd to leave him alone. Everybody wants Dredd. You’ll want Dredd, too. Specifically, Judge Dredd #26. Add it to your pull list now, punk!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #26

Katie Cook (w) • Andy Price (a) • Price, Agnes Garbowska (c)

All plans to stop the Cattle Rustler gang have failed! Hope seems to be in short supply in the small town of Canter Creek. Luckily a new sheriff is in town… Applejack!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story #4 (of 4)

Tom Waltz (w) • Tristan Jones (a & c)

The terrifying finale of the all-new tale spinning directly out of the hit 2012 video game Silent Hill Downpour and featuring fan-favorite characters from Silent Hill lore! Anne Marie Cunningham’s deadly journey through Silent Hill comes to a haunting end. Written by Downpour writer Tom Waltz.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #3 (of 4)

Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)

Time is running out for the Turtles to get home, and a new villain is determined to make life as difficult as possible for the Ghostbusters! The two teams will have to think outside of the box to save themselves… and New York!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The X-Files X-Mas Special

Joe Harris, Karl Kesel (w) • Matthew Dow Smith, Loston Wallace (a) • Carlos Valenzuela (c)

The holidays have brought together all the X-Files agents for the very first time! Walter Skinner hosts a get-together for his most special agents, but the festive night turns tense when someone—or something—comes down the chimney! In a second story, the X-Files team of the 1940s—Bing Ellington and Millie Ohio from the Year Zero miniseries—investigate a potential Communist saboteur, but discover an impossible creature—a gremlin!

FC • 48 pages • $7.99