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Comic Creator Accused of Sexual Assault and Emotional Abuse (Update)

A new allegation about a comic creator was laid out a few days ago. Cynthia Naugle took to her blog to discuss the abuse, both physical and mental, she experienced by a comic creator while they both worked at a comic book shop.

You can read about her experience and the allegations (warning it is traumatic). The creator is accused of sexual assault and emotional abuse while the two worked together.

She doesn’t name her abuser (and our debate on how to proceed to cover this due to that caused the delay in an article) but it’s easy to figure out exactly who she is referring to:

  • He was a guest at Tuscon Comic Con 2018
  • He’s from Tuscon
  • He recently had a series launched at Vertigo

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out who the individual is, Eric Esquivel, the writer of Border Town for Vertigo and series like Fantasmagoria and Gregory Graves for SBI Press.

Since Naugle has come forward, others have recounted their negative experiences including incidents at Heroescon and accusations of unsolicited text messages. Naugle’s own post hints at multiple others that she has spoken to.

We’ve reached out to DC and SBI for comment and will follow up with updates. Esquivel has not made a statement. He’s deleted his social media presence other than his Twitter account which is now private.

Update: Though no official statement has been made yet, an employee of SBI has said they will be parting ways with Esquivel saying the “behavior described is reprehensible.”

The Black Panther Scholarship Continues the Wonder

The cast of Black Panther continue to create magic surprising a student with a full-ride scholarship courtesy of The Black Panther Scholarship. That reveal was made during The Hollywood Reporter‘s 2018 Women in Entertainment event. The event took place this past week at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira presented thew new scholarship created by Walt Disney Studios. It was presented to one girl from THR‘s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program and is worth $250,000 to Loyola Marymount University. The program is in its ninth year and a partnership with Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

The recipient, Kalis Coleman, plans on becoming a pediatric dermatologist and attends high school in Inglewood.

During the event more than $1.8 million scholarships were unveiled by Kesha.

The scholarship feels appropriate as the end of the film saw Wakanda opening an institute to educate and share information between them and the world.

By The Numbers: October 2018

Like in any industry, comic books and their companies listen most to one thing and that’s your money! What does your money tell them? What does it tell us as fans? What series do people say they adore but can’t seem to catch a break and what books to people hate that sell out? What are the trends? What looks good? What looks rough?

All these questions and more will be answered here, every month in ‘By The Numbers’ by comic writers, editors and fans, Glenn Matchett and Ray Goldfield.

Glenn Matchett is a comic writer and editor. He’s worked in the industry for 6 years but grew up reading comics. He’s had work published with Outre Press, Alterna Comics and Nemesis Studios. Submitting a comic to Comixology is slowly breaking Glenn’s spirit.  Next month he will be replaced by Garth Ennis.  There will be a lot more swearing.

Ray Goldfield is a fan of comic books for going on 25 years, starting with the death of Superman. He is a writer and editor and has released his first novel. Ray also does a weekly roundup of DC comic reviews for website Geekdad and they’re brilliantly entertaining.  When She-Ra dropped on Netflix, Ray outlasted several little girls in a sleepover to watch it first while completely forgetting how on demand worked.

We also do a podcast together with longtime buddy, Brandon James on iTunes with Rabbitt Stew or at the link here! Don’t ask, I didn’t pick the name. If you’d like to hear what me and Ray sound like, give it a listen!

Top 300 in full available here!

Glenn: We get closer to the end of the year and things are actually relatively quiet.  Both companies seemingly have events going on but the results of both are rather muted.  This means that books that sell well on their own merits rise to the top and this months sales of October 2018 exemplifies that perfectly.

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Without many big launches or high profile books in its path, the measuring stick of monthly sales Batman takes the top spot with issue 56 selling over 107.5k with issue 57 selling over 95.2k at 4.  Returning to its ever so gentle slide, everything is business as usual here but without anything really ‘big’ hitting this month that means the most consistent book on the chart wins the day.  It does mean the lowest number one selling book for a while though which might be a problem if this was the case long term but that isn’t likely, we’ve got plenty of big launches to come over the next few months.
Ray: It’s been a while since we had a sales chart with numbers this low. Only three books above 100K is pretty rare, but it’s not surprising given how few a-list titles launched. There’s a few books I would have expected to do higher, but how amazing is it that the 57th issue of a title can still command 100K in this day and age? Given the Mark Buckingham side story this issue, though, that might be 100K+ lawsuits for mental trauma…
Glenn:  Continuing to break every rule in comics, Walking Dead is the second best selling book of the month but not in the form of its regular issue, oh no that would be too easy.  A reprint of the first issue from 15 years ago gets an anniversary edition that sells a whopping 106k+.  When this issue came out way back when it sold just over 7,200 copies but now Walking Dead is a genuine phenomenon and people can’t get enough.  This issue has been reprinted more times than you can imagine but here it is, selling like hot cakes none the less.  Its insane how successful this property is and how it has literally changed the landscape of comics forever.
Ray: A reprint. A full-price reprint from fifteen years ago. This blows the performance of any True Believers one-shot out of the water – and those are a dollar! It’s insane what Walking Dead has become.
Glenn:  At 3 is a somewhat muted debut for the super hyped Spider-Geddon which is a sequel to the massively successful Spider-Verse from a few years ago.  Last time, the story was told in the pages of Amazing with numerous tie-ins but this time around gets its own mini.  It debuts with sales over 104.8k which is lower than I would have imagined.  The event is missing the architect of the previous chapter, Dan Slott true but I would have thought that the concept enough would have got people more excited.  I do think it’ll perform very well in itself and the various mini’s will do well but I doubt we’ll see a trilogy out of this concept.
Ray: This feels like an epilogue to the Slott era in some ways, and this result shows how much nostalgia there is for that run. But even with all the tie-ins, this event seems a little disconnected from the main Marvel Universe. The upcoming Spider-Verse movie will likely give it a slight boost, but this definitely isn’t a sequel topping the original.
Glenn:  With a new number 1, a new creative team, a new direction and a new event to ride the wave off of, Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider launches at 5 in the charts with sales over 88.9k.  Miles ahead of where the book was before and a promising start. if the book can manage to do a bit better or around the same as the previous book it will live a long happy life.  This version of Gwen is about to hit the mainstream in a big way with Sony’s upcoming Spider-Verse movie so the stock in this character is only going to rise.
Ray: Gwen is definitely the most popular new character out of Marvel in recent years, even eclipsing Miles and Kamala who are huge in their own right. It’s great to see her sales getting a huge shot in the arm from the new creative team and event.
Glenn:  At 6 is the bizarre case of Heroes In Crisis and I’m not just talking about the murder mystery in the title.  The second issue sales are over 88.5k which is a lot lower than the hype machine at DC has been pushing it as.  The bizarre true nature of the event of course has got a lot of people scratching their heads and a lot of divided opinion.  If it was looked at as a offshoot character piece then yes, this is a great number but as an event as it seems to have been turned into then as Ray predicted this looks to be performing at the same trajectory as other secondary events that people couldn’t figure out long term did too such as Fear Itself.  Will this be a long run winner for DC or quickly smushed under the rug?  We’re too early to tell.
Ray: DC sort of took everyone by surprise with this miniseries, not really hyping it properly, and it shows. But the repercussions are seemingly going to be HUGE, so this is primed for reorders.
Glenn:  At 7 is the new issue of Venom, the insanely successful title from Marvel that without anyone paying attention has become their highest selling ongoing.  It sells over 87.1k which is just the result of a perfect storm for this book.  The right creative team at the right time telling the right story.  Everything just works and this is the direct result.
Ray:  I’m really, really reminded of the trajectory of Green Lantern here, with an a-list creative team turning a B-lister into a franchise. We’ll probably have multiple books by this time next year. 
Glenn:  The first issue to dive into big story, Drowned Earth is the 10th issue of Justice League which sells over 84.1k.  There seems to be genuine interest in this story and the run as a whole.  It even seems that though solicitations indicate that this is more of a Snyder/Tynion book than a Snyder book alone, it doesn’t seem to be making much of an impact.  Issue 9 also sells well at 13 getting sales over 72.6k.  Hype for a new story seems to be enough to give this some solid legs long term, another nice addition to DC’s top line of books.
Ray: This is the second mini-event like this from a Justice League title this month, and we’ll get to the other shortly. We saw great numbers from both, boosting the sales of the parent title. We’ll likely see more small-scale events like Drowned Earth, The Witching Hour, The Button, and Flash War as they seem to work well for DC.
Glenn:  Finishing out the top ten is the newest issues of Amazing Spider-Man which sell over 83k and 82.8 respectfully for issues 7 and 8 in the new direction.  Another book with a glacial slide, it seems that this one can be left pretty much unattented while there are more pressing matters elsewhere in the company line.

Ray:  It seems pretty clear that ASM is still stable, as the near-decade long halo Dan Slott gave it hasn’t worn off yet. The general response to this new run from readers seems to be “It’s okay”, so it’ll take more than that for retailers to start shedding copies of their long-time best-selling book. 

Return of Wolverine #2 sheds about 2/3rds of its sales to sell 80K at #11. Pretty predictable, given its absurd number of variants the first one, but this is a pretty healthy number overall. We’ve gotten some word today about the character’s new series going in a cosmic direction in Avengers recently, so we’re likely to have another new #1 after this to keep sales high.
Glenn: Return Of Wolverine was always a mini so I figured we’d be getting another number 1 with the character soon but I must admit, I didn’t imagine it going in that direction.  Maybe this is Wolverine’s future now, never ending mini’s instead of an Ongoing.
Ray:  #12 brings that dastardly Venom again, selling 75K for an annual at #12. This issue didn’t have Donny Cates except in a brief framing sequence, but brought back several iconic Venom creators including David Michelinie for short stories about Venom’s past. At only 12K below the main title, it’s more evidence that Venom Fever is in full swing.
Glenn: Eating brains is officially back in fashion
Ray:  The performance of Catwoman’s new solo series is quickly becoming one for the ages. It inexplicably jumps 17K this month to land at #14, selling 72K. That’s a huge boost and reflects the fact that retailers actually underordered during the initial preorder phase. Huge coup for Joelle Jones and for Tom King in raising the character’s profile.
Glenn: That’s great for any book but especially for a Catwoman one, this is a character whose title has always been middling sales at best.  Perhaps in some ways she is the DC equivalent of Venom where everything has clicked at the right time to make the book a runaway hit.
Ray:  The gap continues to narrow between Superman (#15, 67K) and Action Comics (#19, 60K), as Bendis’ Superman run builds momentum. The character definitely seems to have benefited from the new high-profile creative teams, and Action seems to be the better-received of the two.
The weirdest thing about those crazy sales for the Walking Dead reprint up above is that it outsold this month’s new issue by over 45K, as we find old reliable Walking Dead down here at #18, selling 60K.
Glenn: It’ll be back at the top in no time but Walking Dead outselling itself is the most Walking Dead thing to happen ever.
Ray:  The Batman anthology issue Batman Secret Files lands at #20 with sales of 58K. This had stories by Tom King, Tom Taylor, and several new creators. These are very impressive sales for an anthology, but this was a $4.99 one rather than the giant $10 ones that DC does.
Glenn: Very good performance but it had the Bat boost and King’s name attached at that.  I was a bit iffy on this one but it was mostly good, it doesn’t seem to have any real significance so for a throwaway one shot priced at 4.99, those are great numbers.
Ray:  This month brought us a lot of one-shots, including the five-part X-Men: Black villain-based series. Emma Frost’s issue did the best, selling 55K at #23, with Magneto not far behind at #31 and 49K. Mystique is down at #42, selling 43K, followed by Juggernaut three spots lower at 41K. It’s Mojo bringing up the rear down at #52, selling 37K for his bizarre incel cautionary tale.
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Glenn: I thought Clairemont back at Marvel and back writing X-Men might have caught a bit more interest but these are fine numbers for a mini based on some X-Men bad guys.  The best thing to to come out of this is all the Emma Frost meme’s, all of them are priceless.
Ray:  Event comic one-shots are always weird, as the launch issue for Drowned Earth is down at #25, selling 53K. That’s over 25K below where the Justice League issue tying in landed, which means there’s going to be a lot of very confused readers.
Glenn: It reminds me of the big sales gap between Clone Conspiracy and Amazing back in the day.  Its odd because Marvel and DC go to a lot of effort to put check lists of these types of things in their books but its ultimately inconsequential.  They probably would have been better just doing extra issues of Justice League.
Ray: Drowned Earth wasn’t the only event comic in the Justice League line this month. The five-week Justice League Dark/Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour crossover had all five issues this month, with the launch one-shot landing at #32 with sales of 48K. The first WW issue tying in sold 55K at #24, followed by 53K at #27 for the Justice League Dark issue and 42K at #43 for the second WW issue. Then the concluding issue is at #41 with 43K. All over the place in no particular order, but very solid sales as both titles get a boost and Wonder Woman continues to recover in advance of the G. Willow Wilson run starting next month.
Glenn: The Witching Hour sounds like it was a damn fine read and has done well for both titles.  Justice League Dark will continue chugging away most likely but it’ll be interesting to see where the new creative team takes Wonder Woman sales wise.
Ray:  A surprisingly big drop for Spider-Geddon #2 at #26, selling 53K. If that’s the actual level of the series sans variants, that’s not great for Marvel at all.
Glenn: That…is really surprising. I guess if they can get the trade out before the movie then it might all be worth it? Hopefully the tie ins bring in some respectful returns.
Ray:  This is the level where we see a lot of those long-standing and new top books that have leveled out, including Avengers, Detective Comics, Flash, Captain America, Immortal Hulk, Thor and both Star Wars books. These are the cream of the crop for the companies right now, selling 65-50K. I do notice some odd hiccups in the sales of Detective and Flash this month, with the first issue of the month getting a boost and then the second issue dropping over 10K. Strange. Might be due to special variant covers – DC had some novelty foil covers last month.
Glenn: I’d say its the foil covers for sure.  This time next year, scratch and sniff variants!
Ray:  Justice League Odyssey also seems to be leveling off nicely, selling 46K at #36 for its second issue. But we’ll see what it looks like when the preorders wear off, because unlike its sister titles its more isolated from the rest of the DCU.
The new direction for Supergirl definitely seems to be paying off, with the latest issue selling 44K at #37. That’s about double what it was consistently doing under the previous run, despite growing buzz.
Black Panther vs. Deadpool lands at #38 selling 44K. Pretty standard for a Deadpool miniseries, with Black Panther boosting numbers, but I bet it would have sold double if it was just Deadpool making bad Get Out jokes until T’Challa decked him because they don’t get American movies in Wakanda.
Glenn: I also think Deadpool referring to Wakanda as Zamunda would have had a superior sales effect also.  Dear readers, why Marvel has not called us remains a mystery
Ray:  The Old Man Logan series wraps with its fiftieth issue, selling 39K at #49. This is a small boost, but it’s relaunching next month for the year-long Dead Man Logan, which will probably result in a bigger increase.
Another title that’s benefiting from a new direction is Batgirl, which is down at #50 selling 37K. This book was hovering around 20K a few months back, so the new creative team of Mairghread Scott dealing with Barbara’s recovery from her shooting is definitely catching on.
#54 brings us the next Spider-Geddon tie-in, the one-shot Superior Octopus. It sells 36K, and the upcoming ongoing will need to do better than that for its first issue to have a chance at a long run. Otto’s profile obviously went up a lot thanks to Superior Spider-Man, but we’ll see if he’s solo series material yet.
Glenn:  I’m surprised Superior Octopus didn’t sell better given how high Otto’s profile is following Superior and such.  Rebranding the new ongoing title Superior Spider-Man seems to have been a good move.  I think there might be some reissues here as this is essentially the 0 issue for the ongoing.
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Ray:  Arguably the most puzzling comic released in recent years, the poorly received one-off Frank Tieri AU that closed his Harley Quinn run is now its own miniseries, Old Lady Harley, which lands at #56 with sales of 36K. Pretty standard for a random Harley spin-off, so I don’t think we’ll be getting Harley Quinn vs. Black Lightning or Harley Tsum Tsum Adventures any time soon.
Glenn: Remember when Marvel Zombies was first done and it was on the back of a gag but was initially mega successful?  This seems to want to be like that but very much isn’t.
Ray:  The other Marvel one-shot wave of the month was a new round of What Ifs, and they didn’t do nearly as well as X-Men: Black. The top-selling one was What If: Punisher, which saw Peter Parker become a darker, more murderous Spider-hero. It’s at #58 selling 35K. Next is What If: Spider-Man featuring Flash Thompson under the webs, selling 29K at 85. What If: Thor sells 27K at #91, showing what would happen if Thor was raised by King Laufey. A complex cyber-AU they called What If: X-Men is at #95 selling 27K, and What If: Ghost Rider (which wasn’t a What If at all, but some weird meta parody about black metal and demons) rounds them out at #98 selling 25K. All in all, this wave feels like kind of a misfire.
Glenn: These one shots were all a bit odd.  Retailers probably just played a guessing game with them because not all fans would seek out material like this because ultimately, none of it matters.  We definitely won’t be seeing a return for the classic series anytime soon.
Ray:  The second issue of Stranger Things from Dark Horse is down at #63, selling 34K. Still the top-selling Dark Horse book on the charts by a wide margin, even as it loses almost 50% of its first issue sales.
Glenn: Stranger Things is a bit of a tank of a property so I’m not surprised that it seems destined to become Dark Horse’s best performer.  I have no doubt when its collected that fans of the show will seek it out too.

Ray:  Maybe the oddest crossover in recent memory, Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams launches at #64, selling 34K. The Maxx is an obscure Image character from the 1990s that hasn’t had new material in well over a decade, so this likely boils down to “Well, Batman’s in it”. Definitely a big number for IDW, their only book in the top 100. The second issue ships this month as well, selling 23K at #111.

Glenn: Yeah pretty much this is probably the lowest you can go when ordering Batman and still expect a return given that who he’s teaming up with here has no sales power at all.  You know for a loner, Batman isn’t fussy about who he teams up with is he?
Ray:  Not an impressive launch for Shuri’s solo series at #65, selling 34K. Despite the main series being in a very healthy place, the spinoffs have failed to launch high. The only question here is if this well-received first issue can find a place in the new comic market and render its direct market sales irrelevant.
Glenn:  I would have thought this would have done better for sure.  While Black Panther and the characters supporting cast has never had a higher profile than the one they got this year, it doesn’t seem to be able to translate over to comics, not in the singles market anyway.

Ray:  The other Spider-Geddon tie-ins are down around this level, with the Jody Houser-penned Spider-Girls (teaming Anya, Mayday, and Annie) selling 33K at #67. A little lower at #73 brings us the black-ops Spider-Force, written by Priest and selling 32K. If these short minis hold these numbers, they’ll be fine. But these are hidden gems that I wish more people were checking out.

Glenn:  Same, Spider-Girls especially is excellent.  Decent enough for tie-ins but it seems like these ones will have major implications on the main story so they might get some reorders that way.

A bit of an increase for the 200th Anniversary issue for Moon Knight at 68 which sells over 33.3k  The number on the front will help but this also had Jeff Lemire return to the character which probably didn’t do any harm either.  For the time being, Moon Knight is going on vacation.
At 72 is the newest Sandman universe title, Books Of Magic which sells over 32.2k is the first book of this line that is eventually also a relaunch. This seems like a good number to me and I think this one might have an advantage over its peers with old fans returning but new fans checking it out too.
Ray:  Tim Hunter hasn’t had a presence in the market for well over a decade. He last appeared in the New 52 Justice League Dark title as a supporting player, so given that it seems like a decent number. Overall, I don’t think any of these books will reach the numbers of The Dreaming
Glenn:  The wacky Infinity Warps combos continue this month at 74 with Arachknight which sells over 32k.  This likely sells the best this month cause of the connection to Spider-Man who unless you couldn’t tell, is the ‘Arach’ part of the title.  Next one is Weapon Hex at 31.1k which benefits due to Wolverine being connected to this particularly pairing.
Ray: These sold very similarly to each other, and neither sold nearly as well as Soldier Supreme or Iron Hammer. Spider-Man aside, neither the characters involved or the characters involved were as high-profile as last month’
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Glenn:  At 78 and 79 are the first of many, many Walking Dead ‘blind bag’ reprintings of key Walking Dead issues.  Keeping in mind these reprints are full price and the material has reproduced multiple times over the years that issue 1 (yes again) sells over 31k (making it the highest selling comic of the month combining it with the sales of the OTHER Walking Dead 1 that came out) and issue 19 sells over 30.8k.  It literally is like printing money.
An odd mini focusing on Typhoid Mary begins at 82 selling over 30.6k which has her taking on Spider-Man.  Given that Spidey comics always do well, its no surprise that this particular part of the Typhoid mini sold these numbers.  Not mind blowing but not too bad, especially at 4.99.
Ray:   This Typhoid Mary series is very similar in structure to the Wakanda Forever series a few months back. Only, you know, without the Billion-dollar movie driving sales.
Glenn:  The ever slightest of boosts for Nightwings 50th issue and the new direction spinning out of Batman at 86 selling over 29.4k.  This new direction DC has taken Nightwing in is controversial to say the least and the months ahead will determine if it was the right thing to do.
Ray: (It won’t be the right decision.)
Glenn:  At 90 is the relaunch of Lucifer under the Sandman universe banner which sells over 28.2k.  This one probably didn’t do as well as the other title’s because it wasn’t that long that the title had been relaunched previous to this so this isn’t as much of a novelty.  Still the sales are a good bit ahead of the previous incarnation and all these Sandman Universe books will do well in trades.
Ray: Lucifer barely played a role in the Sandman Universe one-shot and isn’t as firmly associated with Sandman as the others, so that played a role too, I’m sure.
Glenn: No that’s definitely the ‘lead’ book as it were.
At 93 is Avengers Halloween Special which sells over 27.3k as Marvel tries to get in on the anthology game that DC has been doing so well the last few years.  This is a decent result, we’ll see if the company makes this type of thing a regular occurrence.
Ray: Much like Batman Secret Files, it seems like these $4.99 anthologies do better than the bigger ones.
Glenn: Being $5 cheaper likely helps
At 102 is Batman Blank Comic which was something DC sold to retailers to sell onto people for 24 hour comic day.  This means you pay to basically make your own comic.  Given that it sells over 25.4k and is priced at 2.99 this just shows how much you can sell bu just putting ‘Batman’ on a cover and literally nothing else.
Ray: Damnit, Glenn, we should have been putting Batman stickers on blank pages long ago!
Glenn:  Right below it at 103 is the first part of the Solo comic adaption which sells over 25.2k.  This film got an unfair lukewarm response I feel and these sales reflect that.  Still not bad for a comic based on a movie that was only out a few months ago.
Ray: Despite the movie disappointing, Marvel seems to have a bit of faith in the Solo franchise – there’s also a Solo mid-quel original comic coming next month about Han’s time in the Imperial service.
Glenn:  Asguardians of the Galaxy loses less than half its first issue sales at 106 selling over 24.7k which actually isn’t too bad for a comic with a team full of b listers and below.  This one could stick around.
At 107 is Marvel Zombie, the once mega successful franchise lives again!  It sells over 24.7k which tells me that while the property is well past its prime, it might be decent enough for Marvel to trot it out now and then to eat into some fans wallets.
Ray: This was a weird one-shot that came out of nowhere, but it shows that zombies continue to sell. I wonder if there’s another comic this month that proved that…
Glenn:  Big increase for Batman Beyond for its 25th issue which sells over 24.2k at 109.  This series has never been at the top of the charts but has been a solid lower tier performer for the company for years despite it never really getting any special marketing or big stories or the usual stuff.  There are title’s that are worse off.
Ray: This is also the return of the original Joker to the title, so that’s undoubtedly driving sales to this future-set title.
Glenn:  Umbrella Academy returns at 110 for a new mini, hotel oblivion selling over 24.1k.  I’m not sure how the original series sold but this is a good number for publisher Dark Horse and the first two stories of this series have probably made quite a bit in collections which this one ultimately will as well.
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Ray: Given that the franchise has been in…oblivion for a while, those are good numbers. Thank you! We’ll be here all week! Try the veal!
Glenn: I’m allergic to Veal, why you try kill me
At 117 is Shatterstar, a new mini from Marvel about a character that is ridiculously obscure.  It sells over 23.1k and that’s a lot better than I would expect from a book about a character I couldn’t point out in a line up between him and various versions of Micky Mouse.
Ray: Tim Seeley’s writing this, which is probably why it managed to top 20K. Otherwise, this is obviously a niche book.
Glenn:  DC rising star, Sam Humbries releases a new Image title at 118 in the form of Blackbird which is some fantasy based mystery from what I understand from the description.  It sells over 23k which is pretty on par with what I would expect from a book written by someone who is gaining momentum at the big two.

Ray:  That’s a really healthy Image debut, well above what we normally see unless you’re talking about a megawatt creative team like a Millar or Snyder joint. Both Humphries and Bartel are fast-rising talents. 

It’s time for another wave of Hanna-Barbera/DC crossover one-shots. These four were actually all ordered in very similar numbers, but once again it’s the weak link that tops the sales. That would be Superman/Top Cat special, where Superman and a talking cat fight a Kale monster. It sells 22.6K at #122. Not far behind that, selling 22.2K at #125 is Deathstroke/Yogi Bear, where there is both carnage and pic-a-nic baskets. Then at 130/131, both selling 21.2K, are Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound and Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla. Sales likely reflect the DC character involved more than anything, and it seems like retailers are just ordering them as a set now. With lots of Hanna-Barbera properties left to go, I could see this oddball mini-event continuing for some time.
Glenn: They seem to do decent for what they are and can be a lot of fun with the potential of landing another Batman/Fudd type scenario so why not?
Ray:  More Walking Dead at #133, as the one hundredth issue gets an anniversary reprint that takes in 20.9K.
The latest jumbo-sized DC anthology, Cursed Comics Cavalcade, has a healthy debut at #135, selling 20.2K. Any time a $9.99 comic breaks 20K, that’s impressive. DC continues to deliver with these anthologies.
Two more blank comics, with Wonder Woman at #136 (20.2K) and Superman at #141 (19.4K). That’s about 40K in comics with nothing inside. Talk about a money-maker. Let those sucker readers make their own comics for a change!
Glenn: I’d be surprised if more companies don’t do it next year.  Imagine what Walking Dead could do with a blank version if old issues can sell so well without any discount on their original pricing?
Ray:  Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker debuts at #139, selling 19.6K. Given that this is a Sleepwalker comic, a character who hasn’t been relevant since the 90s, well…insert the Arrested Development “I don’t know what I was expecting” meme here.
Another strong Image debut at #142, as Dead Rabbit from Gerry Duggan and John McCrae sells 19K. This noir-accented retired-criminal tale had some top creators and a good concept, but trouble may be ahead – a mandatory recall of both issues was issued today due to trademark issues, so we’ll see what this comic’s future is.
Glenn: Hopefully it can stick through it and at worst it will be a simple title change, I like both these creators and was glad so see this do well
Ray:  More Walking Dead! The second issue sells another 19K at #143.
IDW had another successful weekly Star Wars event, Tales from Vader’s Castle. This horror-accented story of a group of rebels telling scary stories as they tried to infiltrate Mustafar debuted at #144 with sales of 18.7K, and the other four issues landed at #155, #162, #165, and #167 bottoming out at 16.2K. These were the top five IDW comics this month that didn’t feature Batman.
Glenn: Having Vader in the title of your book will help.  Its like having a slightly more goth Batman with magic powers.
Ray:  The Terrifics Annual #1 is down at #146, selling 18.6K. That’s well below where the regular title sells – but then, this annual didn’t have Jeff Lemire. Lemire is leaving the title with #14 as he says goodbye to work-for-hire, and I doubt it’ll be continuing from there. This is his book.
Glenn: Then these odd new DC hero books will never be mentioned again.  Let us hope lessons were learned.
Ray:  Six more Walking Dead issues down here – #27, #7, #53, #108, #48, and #167. They’re scattered between #148 and #166, selling between 18K and 16K. These are basically True Believers one-shots at full price, so the way they’re selling is bizarre and impressive.
The relaunch of Unstoppable Wasp is waaaaaaaaay down at #151, selling 17.2K. To put this into perspective, this is between the latest issues of Damage and Sideways, two series almost a year old that are likely to be cancelled soon. I assume this series is getting its sales elsewhere, because it’s sure not getting them here.
Glenn: Got to love Marvel for try, try, trying again but this doesn’t indicate any strong presence for this character as a solo lead anytime soon.
Ray:  Another new Vertigo series, the supernatural Stepford Wives pastiche Hex-Wives, lands at #154 with sales of 17.1K. It’s another strong debut like Border Town last month, but as we’ll talk about down the list, that may be fleeting.
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Speaking of True Believers, this month’s wave of $1 Marvel reprints was classic What If issues. These are largely all clustered together, since none of them are really key issues and retailers ordered them more for the die-hards. The top-selling one is “What if Silver Surfer had wielded the Infinity Gauntlet?” at #157, selling 16.8K. From there, we see “What if the alien costume had possessed Spider-Man” at #170, “What if Spider-Man rescued Gwen Stacy” at #175, and “What if Jane Foster had found the Hammer of Thor” at #182. These are all issues featuring top characters or concepts, and they all sell between 16K and 14K.
Glenn: Given that these books are out of continuity and are from way back when, retailers probably found it hard to gage demand which is why they’re all lumped together at similar numbers.  Most retailers probably just ordered them to have inexpensive back stock for the back issue divers.
Ray:  Four more Walking Dead issues – #127, #92, #171, #132 – down here selling between 16K and 14K in the #169-#180 range. So. Much. Walking. Dead.
Glenn: Its like they’re coming through the walls man!
Ray:  Daniel Warren Johnson, the cult creator behind the brilliant Extremity, debuts his new comic at #179. It’s Murder Falcon, the story of a grieving musician who learns to live again through the power of…a giant talking bird superhero who needs heavy metal to fight? It’s a real book, I swear! It’s also brilliant and it sells 14.8K but should be selling 10x that.
Glenn: I’m calling the mental asylum, its time.  It sounds like a good book in all seriousness but very much has a niche hook so the number doesn’t surprise me.
Ray: Another offbeat Image book, the supernatural action-comedy Exorsisters, debuts at #183 selling 13.9K. This book seemed to get a good response all around and might be a sleeper hit for Image. Is “feminist supernatural satire” becoming the new “deep space murder mystery” for Image?
Glenn: Female Supernatural seems like a trend lately doesn’t it?  Lots of books with similar hooks/feels and its likely all coincidence.  This is within the Image safe zone for creators without a high profile and I think will pick up a bigger audience through trades, its also begging for a TV adaption.
Ray:  Wytches makes its long-awaited return – sort of – with the terrifying Bad Egg Halloween Special. This 80-page comic for $7.99 sold 13.7K at #188, but that’s kind of a deceptive number – this comic was serialized long ago in the Image + magazine both digitally and in print. So many people have already read this, making this a much healthier number. When Wytches does come back, it’ll be just fine.
Glenn: You nailed it, people who wanted this desperately likely read it through Image+ so this is just a few extra sales.  Given that the creative team is doing one last stop to do a mini about the Batman Who Laughs before coming back to Wytches, this could easily be Image’s number 2 book for as long as it comes out next volume.
Ray:  The rest of the What If True Believers issues are down here, with “What if Kraven the Hunter had killed Spider-Man” at #186, “What if Doctor Doom had become a hero” at #191, “What if the FF had not gained their powers” at #196, “What if the Avengers had fought evil during the 1950s” at #198, and “What if the FF had different super-powers” at #200. All of these sell 13K to 12K, a pretty decent range. The only outlier is “What if Legion had killed Magneto“, down at #212 selling 11K. This one was from a much later What If run, with VERY 90s art.
Glenn: The 90’s were dark and full of terrors.

Ray:  Tee Franklin, the creator of the very popular Bingo Love, made her monthly comic debut this month with the feminist horror comic Jook Joint, about an enchanted bar that helps victims of domestic abuse get their revenge. Her popularity doesn’t seem to have translated, as the title lands at #205 with sales of 11.8K. I think the massive tonal difference between the sweet Bingo Love and this incredibly dark title didn’t help.

Glenn:  It does seem like a very different direction to go in.  Likely most retailers didn’t make the connection with who Franklin was and ordered it like they would any other horror title.  I would say her next project will likely be closer in tone to her first.
At 214 is the second issue of Bully Wars selling over 11.2k.  I might have expected higher with something that has Scottie Young’s name on it but he’s only doing the writing.  Its at a level with a lot of newer Image books so it’ll likely stay fine if it stabelizes here.
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Another month, another KISS comic from Dynamite.  KISS Blood Stardust sells over 10.5k which seems to be the range for these odd band comics.  Stable numbers are stable numbers.
Ray: This one was by Bryan Hill, but it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference. I guess only so many people want to see Gene Simmons fight demons.
Glenn:  Infinite Dark, a new sci-fi mystery which is the latest genre that is suddenly everywhere debuts from Dark Horse at 220 selling over 10.2k.  Pretty standard debut for a new Image book with a decent premise and no huge names attached.
Ray: It’s also Lovecraft-inspired, which is one of the public domain genres that keep cropping up. Odd book without much of a built-in audience.
Glenn:  Pretty expected second issue sales for MST3k (over 10.2k at 221), Vampirella Dejah Thoris (over 10.1k at 222) and United States Vs Murder Inc (Over 9.7k at 224) in the case of the latter, it seems the new Bendis titles are faring much better than the ones he brought back.
At 225 is Mars Attacks which sells over 9.7k which is a lot better than I might have expected for a property that hasn’t been hot in like 20 years.  It likely helps they that they have Kyle Starks on board, his name will likely bring in some attention.
Ray: Mars Attacks seems to be falling into the Nancy Drew/Lone Ranger pool of taking characters that don’t have much of a market presence and giving them shiny new creative teams from up-and-coming writers. Dynamite makes some puzzling choices, but they seem to be able to attract some top-creators lately and it’s paying dividends.
Glenn: All I know is that they came in peace *releases bird*
In the end of an era, the final issue of the Simpsons Comic (issue 245) sells over 8.8k at 230.  Slightly better than what it usually would do but this comic never made its money in the direct market, instead of being sold in every type of place you could think of worldwide.  As Bongo comics goes away, we’ll likely see the franchise farmed out to BOOM or IDW or some such who will be able to buy a new pool with all that sweet Simpson royalty money.
As Ray indicated earlier, there’s quite a fall for Border Town’s second issue as it drops down to 232 with sales over 8.8k.  This is pretty much been normal level for Vertigo for anything non Sandman and/or Snyder related for years.  There’s a lot of books from this new line of Vertigo so we’ll see if they all do the same and how DC processes that in the months to come.
Rainbrow Brite is the newest property to get a comic version, Dynamite releases the first issue this month at 235 and it sells over 8,5k. I’m not sure how much appeal this character has to a wide audience but this seems probably about as good as you can get at launch.
Ray: Rainbow Brite is one of Dynamite’s only forays into the all-ages genre, and it has Unstoppable Wasp creator Jeremy Whitley writing. I’m not sure this will be one of the direct market, but Dynamite is really trying a lot of new things lately.
Glenn:  At 237 is Marvel Super Heroes Captain Marvel Spooktacular which sells over 8.3k.  All ages kids comic to tie in with a show aimed at young girls, this is not its place to make its money.
Right below it at 238 is definitely not a comic aimed at young girls, reorders for Batman: Damned get another 8.3k+ in sales.  Fans and retailers will have to live with a version that will feature less male genitalia but the titles been a hit regardless.
Ray: Nananananananaa Bat-wang!
Glenn:  At 243 is TMNT Macroseries Donatello which sells over 7.9k, these one shots focusing on each of the turtles will very depending on the popularity of each.  I doubt many people think of Donatello as their favorite turtle but this is a number in line with how turtle comics usually do.
A new mini from Image, Errand Boys is the latest in another odd trend of ‘delivery boys with a twist’ titles that all seem to be coming out at once.  It sells over 7,8k at 244 on its first issue.  Pretty standard stuff.
Ray: Errand Boys has a pair of new creators on board, so these numbers aren’t a surprise. The play here is usually to hope for good trade sales and some nice buzz, leading to a sequel. First two issues indicate it might deserve it.
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Glenn:  New BOOM ongoing, Sparrowhawk is a fantasy selling 7.1k which is pretty normal for a BOOM comic with no big names attached.  At least this books premise sounds unique.
At 265 is the latest attempt to make Lone Ranger a thing, it sells over 6.5k which shows that he is still not a thing.  A team up with Batman may be the only thing that can help him at this point, I demand a cook off between Alfred and Tonto stat.
Ray: This Lone Ranger reboot has Mark Russell on board and is getting some very good reviews, but it’s been relaunched so often already that it probably didn’t matter. Too many false starts for the property.
Glenn:  At 268 is reorders for the uber controversial Heroes In Crisis 1 as it racks up additional sales over 6.3k.  Nothing huge reorder wise, pretty standard for a high profile story but its still something.
Season 11 of popular kids show Adventure Time launches at 270 selling over 6.2k.  I have no idea what this show is about and I’m sure the comics sell great outside the direct market to legions of die hard fans of whatever the heck this is about.  In my day, cartoons had Batman in them and we liked it!  These new things confuse and scare me.
Ray: Adventure Time is coming off a popular series finale with a major twist, so I imagine that boosted sales. This is definitely one for the bookstore market, though.
Glenn:  Two halloween one shots starring two female comic characters from Dynamite sell at 273 and 274 respectively.  First we have Red Sonja which sells 6k and Vampirella which sells over 5.9k.  Seems retailers ordered these close together which to me suggests a similar fan base for specials starring these characters.
First issue of the adaption of Ray’s favorite cartoon ‘Rise Of The TMNT‘ sells over 5.9k.  I don’t think this version will be still talked about in 10 years time, or five, or two.
Ray: But when we think of TMNT, we definitely think of…evil invading aliens and magical sci-fi weapons?
Glenn: Technically Krang is an alien…I think.  I’m actually not sure.
A new book from Steve Orlando hits from Aftershock at 285 which sells over 5.4k.  Even though Orlando has been a heavy feature of DC the last few years, it seems that still can’t get sales out of an Aftershock launch for him but not many people can.                                                                                                                                                                                       Ray: Orlando overall has struggled to find an audience for his creator-owned books, be they at Image, Boom, or Aftershock. They get good reviews, but he hasn’t gotten to the point where his name sells books on their own.
Glenn:  Spookhouse 2, a reprint of an all ages kids anthology dealing with stories likely more Muppets Christmas Carol than Heriditory sells over 5.3k at 287.  Another book that likely isn’t depending on the direct market for most of its sales.
Lodger, an interesting sounding thriller that is put out through IDW’s Black Crown line sells over 5.3k at 288.  These Black Crown books actually usually seem interesting but seem to not be capturing the markets attention.  Black Crown seems to essentially be IDW’s Vertigo and even DC Vertigo isn’t what it used to be.
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Ray: Lodger is a David Lapham book, and he’s always been a niche creator. These numbers are pretty close to what can be expected.
Glenn:  Getting in on the halloween one shot craze this month is Bettie Page who has a spooky themed one shot at 290 selling over 5.2k.  Horror and Bettie PAge aren’t things my mind would usually link together and its not as if there’s a lot of demand for the character and the market (especially this month) is overloaded with horror so I guess this is fine?
More reorders for Venom 1 at 294 selling another 5.1k+ of copies.  Reorders are slowing down but they’re still there, even with the trade out soon.
At 295 is an Army Of Darkness Halloween special which sells over 5.1k.  See?  This makes sense but somehow gets outsold by Bettie Page, I don’t know what to tell you.
New Judge Dredd book with the subtitle Toxic sells a shade over 5k at 297 which like all other Dredd stuff is pretty standard for the direct market for the character.  For die hard Dreddheads only.
Thankfully nothing to do with annoying singing people, Lollipop Kids from Aftershock seems to almost be a more family friendly version of American Gods.  It sells over 4.8k at 206 which is pretty standard for the publisher when no big names are attached.
At 312 we have another new Aftershock title Last Space Race selling over 4.7k, see above
Ray: Aftershock puts out a surprising number of books, and very few of them get anywhere near healthy numbers. I’m not sure what the company’s long-term is, but they do seem to be able to get a surprising number of top creators.
Glenn:  At 313 is Barack Panther which sells over 4.7k.  No its not a type although I really wish it was.  I miss the good old days of the top 300, I had far less tearing in my soul then.

Ray: But is he facing Trumpmonger? The world may never know, because most of us aren’t reading this book. 

Ryan Ferrier’s Death Orb debuts at #316 from Dark Horse, selling 4.6K. This post-apocalyptic sci-fi comic got a lot of advance promotion, but like many creator-owned books without a clear hook it struggled.
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Man-Eaters continues to do two covers a month, and so they sort of have to be combined. They’re at #277 and #317, selling about 10K combined. Odd plan, but the numbers are overall decent but unspectacular.
Glenn: Cain’s usual audience might be trade waiting but yeah, seeing it show up twice on the charts like this is odd.  It seems her controversial end at Marvel didn’t get many people to follow her to indieland.
Ray:  #330 brings us an oversized Planet of the Apes one-shot, selling 4K. This is based on the classic continuity, which has a smaller audience than the recent hit movie series. This is overall a niche property that Boom continues to do some occasional content for, just like they do with Kong.
At #340 is an interesting entry, the From Hell Master Edition from IDW. This reprint of Frank Miller’s classic thriller sells 3.7K, an impressive number for a $7.99 reprint of an old comic most people probably read in collections.
Glenn: This is a graphic novel that I see a lot outside comic shops so these single issue sales don’t matter ultimately.  They’re likely just for those that consider the book their favorite.
Ray:  The newest Tangled: The Series miniseries lands at #342, selling 3.7K. This one is definitely part of IDW’s fast-growing all-ages line geared towards bookstores with small, affordable trades.
Zenoscope’s Black Knight debuts at #349 with sales of 3.6K, and is…apparently a comic about a sexy black knight lady in armor with a lot of conspicuous gaps in it? Glenn, strike up the Rachel Bloom!
Glenn: I am shocked to learn this.  Shocked.
Ray:  A new Dragon Age: Deception miniseries is at #350, selling 3.6K. This is mostly notable for me given that it’s written by two of my favorite comic book creators, Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. Marvel’s loss is Dragon Age’s gain?
Glenn: Its still just a video game tie-in and those will only go so far.
Ray:  At #351 is Nancy Drew #5, wrapping up Kelly Thompson’s original miniseries. It sells 3.6K, but it needs to sell a lot more than that in collections. It ended on a cliffhanger! Me need sequel now!
Glenn: If we don;t get a sequel, I might cry.  Please don’t make me cry.
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Ray:  #362 has the Archie Halloween Spectacular, selling just under 3.4K. This is part of a series of a single-issue sized digests combining about five short stories into one volume. Definitely more of a newsstand market book.
At #366 is The Devil Within, a new Black Mask horror comic that sells 3.2K. It’s basically The Exorcist but more political. “Your mother sucks at bringing progressive policies into effect!”
Glenn: Something for everyone I guess?  Politically themed comics also can only go so far.  People read comics and other forms of fiction to forget about the political mess we’re all in.
Ray:  The adaptation of Shades of Magic, based on the classic fantasy series by V.E. Schwab, lands at #374 with sales of 3K. Titan gets a healthy amount of business based on adaptations and reprints of foreign comics.
For once, it’s another company doing the public domain comic thing! American Mythology revamps Zorro with a new series launching at #378 with sales of 3K. This is a supernatural take with Zorro fighting demons, but these are actually pretty healthy numbers for this company.
Glenn: In the immortal words of Homer Simpson ‘You go Zorro!’
Ray:  After a lot of reprints and all-ages ongoings like Lumberjanes that aren’t meant for this market anymore, we get a new #1 – Sex Death Revolution from Black Mask, selling 2.7K at #390. These numbers are both shocking and not – it’s a creator-owned comic from a company that struggles in sales and was a double-sized $6 issue, but it’s also by Mags Visaggio, the writer of arguably the company’s ongoing signature book, Kim & Kim. Although she’s rising fast, her star apparently doesn’t lift the company she got her start at yet.
Glenn:  Its also an odd book that I find hard to describe.  There’s no one sentence that describes what it is to potential readers so that will make it a hard sell.
Ray:  Ahoy Comics had a wildly successful debut with Wrong Earth last month, but it doesn’t seem to have translated to their other launches. Their horror anthology, Edgar Allen Poe’s Snifter of Terror, lands this month at #393 selling exactly 2.7. Still not a bad launch for a completely new company.
It feels like I reviewed the zero issue of Artifact One from Aspen on our podcast ages ago, but the #1 issue is finally here and selling 2.6K at #396. The long wait couldn’t have helped, but in general Aspen’s numbers tend to be low.
After more reorders and some creator-owned gems that should be selling much better, we see our next launch with Source from Scout Comics. This story of an ordinary teacher who gets caught up in a cosmic war sells 2.3K at #410. It’s from the cowriter of The Mall, one of Scout’s more buzzworthy titles, but the company as a whole is still struggling to sell comics that aren’t Stabbity Bunny.
Glenn: Maybe all their comics should star homicidal rabbits?
Ray:  And the other Ahoy Comics launch of the month is at #414. Captain Ginger, the story of a bunch of talking cats traveling a post-apocalyptic cosmos and doing cat-like things, sells 2.3K. Sometimes, Glenn, it still is wonderful down here.

Glenn:  No its not, even if they’re clearly pandering.

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Some reorders for Stranger Things at 415 with additional sales 2.2k+  This is probably Dark Horse’s best launch in a while and they’re be eager for more asap.
At 426 is Albert Einstein, Time Mason which sells over 2k.  It doesn’t seem like many people want to read about Einstein’s adventures in time and space.
Magica De Spell Halloween Hex from IDW sells over 1.9k at 429.  I have no clue what this is and apparently not many people did.  In a month full of halloween one shots with big prices, this one got lost in the shuffle.
A new comic from Vault, These Savage Shores sells over 1.8k at 438.  The premise doesn’t seem to grab me and I’m not sure of the creators so yeah, this is what you get.
I’m surprised to see an Archie comic featuring Betty & Veronica at 440 selling over 1.8k.  Usually books starring these characters do a lot better.  Archie is an odd place as a company now and maybe this is an effect of that?
Ray: This Betty and Veronica book is a mini-digest of sorts, reprinting a small collection of themed stories. It’s not really new content and sold accordingly.
Glenn:  More people wanting that True Believers reprint of the Punisher’s first appearance at 441 selling more copies of over 1.8k.  Not too bad for a very old comic that’s earned its money countless times over.
Usual performance for Dave Sim and his increasingly punny titles at 442 as League Of Extraordinary Cerebi sells over 1.8k.
At 445 we have Midnight Mystery from Alterna which sells over 1.8k which is about normal for new Alterna books that don’t get major news coverage.
Ray: We’ll see how many new Alterna books are coming, given their recent bad PR.
Glenn:  At 446 is Backstagers Halloween Intermission selling over 1.8k.  This book has never found its place in the direct market despite its writer being a major fixture at DC.  Since it still carries on, I assume that it sells in some sort of format.
Ray: Backstagers has definitely found a big audience in bookstores, along with other Boom titles like Lumberjanes. You’ll see a series of YA novels featuring the characters soon, but the comic seems to live on in these occasional specials.
Glenn:  Garfield TV or not to TV at 446 selling over 1.8k is the typical level of sales for the grumpy cat with at least 1.6k of those copies being bought by Ray.
Ray: Garfield > Grumpy Cat. I support the OG Cat.
Glenn:  I’m a big sucker for Ripleys Believe it or not museum in Florida and New York but I can’t imagine the odd tales transferring well to comics and I wouldn’t imagine Zenescope being the best choice to deliver them.  Its an odd mesh up priced at 5.99 (!!!!!!) that results in sales over 1.7k at 452
Another Dredd comic from another publisher shows up at 455 selling over 1.7k.  I’m not sure who this publisher is but they are likely a lot smaller than IDW who usually bring Dredd comics to America in single issue format so that explains the massive gap.  Again, Dredd isn’t a monthly market guy and this small press company will benefit off various reprints and collections for quite some time.
If Zenescope is too classy for you, Boundless comics has you covered!  They release Hellina Ravening Nude which sells over 1.7k at 456.  She has her boobies out and everything, what’s not to love?
Pellucidar at 458 seems to be an adaption of at the earths core which is good for sales over 1.6k apparently.  Perhaps the odd choice of title made it easy to miss for those that might be interested in the novels comic adaption?
Source Point Press releases Ogre, the first part of a 3 issue mini which sells over 1.5k.  Under the radar.
William The Last which reprints a webcomic that also had a Kickstarter comes out in monthly form from Antartic Press selling over 1.3k at 478 indicating most of the people interested already likely checked it out.
The non booby version of Hellina Ravening sells over 1.3k at 480.  Sex sells kids.
Ray: And just think, this is two of the roughly 30 covers this issue released!
Glenn:  Hachet Vengeance (from Adam Green apparently) is some sort of horror book that sells over 1.3k at 481.  Its a thing that exists.
At 492 is the Three Stooges comics that somehow continue selling over 1.2k.  How do these keep happening?!?!?!?!?
At 500 we have more reorders for Doomsday Clock 6 which sells more copies, 1.2k+ more to be precise.  At the end of these articles, I too feel like Doctor Manhattan with a greater understanding of the universe beyond what any man should know.

Ray:  Good ol’ Doctor Manhattan, ending this article on a classy note. 

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Looking ahead to December, it’s kind of a quiet month for DC. We’ll see a few specials from the company, including their latest Apocalypse-themed seasonal anthology. The Drowned Earth event concludes, and we see the kind of sales boost G. Willow Wilson brings to Wonder Woman. Plus, another Vertigo launch from Bryan Hill. But the heavyweight release of the month is undoubtedly The Green Lantern from Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp, which has a decent shot at #1.
Marvel will be putting up a fight, though, with the weekly Uncanny X-Men kicking off this month and a Carnage one-shot from Donny Cates. In smaller releases, Ironheart launches her solo series, Han Solo gets a miniseries tying into the movie, and the Black Order go their own way from Thanos.
The biggest Marvel release of the month, though, might not be from Marvel. That would be Marvel Action: Spider-Man from IDW, the launch of their new all-ages Marvel line. If it’s a hit, this could be a game-changer. Also look for Dark Horse to make a splash on the charts with a Joss Whedon Doctor Horrible spin-off.
What will rise? What will fall? Will Ray cry when he sees the numbers on his favorite books? Find out next month on By the Numbers!
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Exclusive Preview: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #38

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #38

(W) Brandon Montclare (A) Natacha Bustos
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

ALL-NEW STORY ARC! “BAD DREAM” STARTS HERE!
• Eight hours of sleep usually means a full night’s rest but for Lunella and Devil, it’s a fight to stay out of the Dream Dimension, a place at the edge of our subconsciousness where all manner of monsters dwell!
• Plus: Meet the Dream Dimension’s newest resident!

Exclusive Preview: The Light Princess #1 (of 5)

THE LIGHT PRINCESS #1 (of 5)

Script: Meredith Finch
Art: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
On Sale Date: February 27, 2019
24-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
Item Code: DEC181766

A benevolent king and his beautiful queen long for a child, and their dream can only come at a great cost; the queen proposes a self-sacrifice, which the king hesitatingly accepts. But when their longed-for child finally arrives, the king’s wicked sister, covetous of his throne, secretly curses the new royal babe. Writer Meredith Finch (ROSE) with artists Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon (Wonder Woman) masterfully adapt the classic fairy tale in a thrilling fantasy adventure!

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ABOUT THE CREATORS

Meredith Finch has written for Zenescope and DC Comics, and has published her own series, ROSE, which integrates modern issues with mythology.

Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon are best-known for their work on the critically acclaimed DC Comics series The Legend of Wonder Woman. They’ve worked with some of comics’ top publishers, including IDW, Image, and Archie. renaedeliz.blogspot.com / raydillon.com

Exclusive Preview: Star Wars: Darth Vader #24

Star Wars: Darth Vader #24

(W) Charles Soule (CA) Elia Bonetti (A/CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“FORTRESS VADER” – PART 6
• The FORTRESS will stand, but at a terrible cost.
• The fire will come to MUSTAFAR, and all will burn.
• The final design is revealed, woven from war, treachery and pain.

Exclusive Preview: Raven: Daughter of Darkness #10

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #10

Written by: Marv Wolfman
Art by: Pop Mhan
Cover by: Ashley Witter
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 28, 2018

Baron Winters has assembled the new Night Force, and the reluctant Raven is in its ranks! But the Shadow-Riders have immediately drawn first blood—one of the team has been slain at their hands!

Around The DC Universe: Titans, Jason Todd, The Longbow Hunters, and More!

Welcome to “Around the DC Universe,” Graphic Policy’s weekly guide to the best comics and shows on DC Entertainment’s premium subscription service.

Original Series

After a week away from this column I had a bit of catching up to do with Titans. The show continues to be one of the best that DC has ever produced, finally bringing the team together in one episode and introducing the second Robin, Jason Todd in another. With the series entering its second half the characters are really starting to gel as a group. It’s a lot of fun to see the chemistry between them at work and watching Dick take on the villainous Nuclear Family as Robin was tremendously satisfying. Jason too is very well done. There aren’t many portrayals of the character to hold up against Curran Walters’ for comparison but he does a good job defining him nonetheless. Walters’ Jason evokes the blend of sympathy and disdain that the character demands with a screen presence that is magnetic. He’s a great addition to the regular ensemble and I hope to see more of him as the series develops.

Comics

One of the earliest series I recommended through this column was Kevin Smith’s run on Green Arrow. This time around I call your attention to another classic story featuring the emerald archer: The Longbow Hunters by writer/artist Mike Grell. From the same era as Miller and Mazzuchelli’s Batman Year One and Tim Truman’s Hawkworld, this three issue mini series reintroduced Oliver Queen to the post-Crisis DC Universe. Grell’s Ollie is a grounded, urban vigilante on the hunt for a serial killer who stalks the streets of Seattle amidst a much larger affair involving rogue intelligence operatives and mysterious assassins. Fans of the TV show Arrow will recognize many familiar elements in the mini series itself and the follow up ongoing series with artist Ed Hannigan, several issues of which are also available on DC Universe in Green Arrow (1987). While the art is gorgeous and the stories compelling in their own right I do think this run is missing something. A notably conservative creator Grell never fully embraces the liberal politics that have been one of  Oliver’s trademarks ever since Denny O’Neill and Neal Adams got their hands on him in the late seventies.  One might expect a critique of the lefist point of view, coming as the series does at the height of the Reagan era, but ideology is mostly ignored to the detriment of the characterization of comics’ proudest liberal. While it does strike slightly right of the bullseye, The Longbow Hunters is still a high water mark in Green Arrow’s career and is worth the attention of anyone who is interested in his adventures.

Technical Issues

The addition and subtraction of new comics remains the biggest problem with the DC Universe service. As I reported several weeks ago, the powers that be seem to be discussing how to improve the comics portion of the site by changing how the library is curated. What this means is still being left vague by the moderators of the community forums but the sense of disaffection among users is palpable. Nothing has been added to the comics library to replace Dark Victory after that title expired on November 12th and there have been no announcements about any forthcoming special features.

While I appreciate DC’s commitment to using subscriber feedback to improve the user experience, by not continuing  to rotate new special feature titles while they discuss a fix they’re giving the impression to anyone who doesn’t follow the community forums that they’ve abandoned comics streaming as a feature. Coming on the heels of the demise of Filmstruck it doesn’t breed confidence in Warner Brothers’ long term commitment to this product or its users. I for one think that there is a lot of untapped potential in DC Universe and would hate to see it fail to live up to it. 

Marvel Comics’ Releases in February 2019

MARVELS ANNOTATED #1 (OF 4)

ALEX ROSS & KURT BUSIEK (W) • ALEX ROSS (A/C)
VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
VARIANT COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series that changed the way we look at super heroes, the landmark MARVELS is back! In the year 1939, young photojournalist Phil Sheldon attends the sensational unveiling of the fiery android Human Torch — little knowing he is witnessing the dawn of the Age of Marvels! Prepare to relive Marvel’s Golden Age from a whole new point of view as Phil covers the superhuman sightings of the 1930s and 1940s — from the terror caused by the Human Torch’s epic clash with the Sub-Mariner to the patriotism stirred by the debut of Captain America and more! Packed with extras and completely remastered, you don’t want to miss this unique look back at the MARVELS phenomenon! Collecting MARVELS #0-1.
104 PGS./RATED T …$7.99

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1

GERRY DUGGAN (W) • RON GARNEY (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover by KEVIN EASTMAN
B/W Variant Cover by KEVIN EASTMAN
Variant Cover by RON GARNEY
B/W Variant Cover by RON GARNEY
VARIANT COVER BY GEORGE PEREZ
Variant Cover by RAHZZAH
B/W Variant Cover by RAHZZAH
THE ANCIENT CULT OF KOGA THUN. A MYSTICAL TREASURE.
AND THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN SAVE THE HYBORIAN AGE!
Adrift at sea. No food. No weapons. Death surely awaits him. But the lionhearted CONAN is not so easily subdued, by Crom! When Conan finds himself captured, he unleashes his might on an unsuspecting pirate crew…one whose dark secrets will plunge Conan on the trail of an ancient treasure that may prove to be his undoing!
An all-new age of SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN begins with a five-part tale of swords and sorcery by Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY WARS) and illustrated by legendary artist Ron Garney (DAREDEVIL, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER) with covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, and breathtaking variant covers by Garney, Rahzzah, comics legend George Perez, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman!
Welcome to the deadly Hyborian Age—hope you survive the experience!
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #2

GERRY DUGGAN (W) • RON GARNEY (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
B&W VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
THE DEATH CULT OF KOGA THUN STRIKES!
• Back on the shores of STYGIA, a magical guide directs CONAN toward dreaded civilization…and the promise of a mysterious fortune!
• It’ll take all of Conan’s strength – and wits – to make his way through the ruined city…
• But to get there, he’ll have to survive the death cult of sorcerer KOGA THUN!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #3

JASON AARON (W) • MAHMUD ASRAR (A)
Cover by ESAD RIBIc
Variant Cover by GREG LAND
Variant Cover by WHILCE PORTACIO
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
THE CRIMSON WITCH GETS CLOSER TO HER GOAL AS “THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CONAN” CONTINUES!
• Hungry and desperate, CONAN’s experience in “civilization” takes a dark turn…
• When Conan is caught thieving, he’ll discover the penalty is DEATH!
• But how does this figure in to the CRIMSON WITCH’s plan?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1 (OF 10)

AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Hidden Gem Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS
VARIANT COVER by ADAM HUGHES
CONNECTING VARIANT BY MICO SUAYAN (1 of 3)
VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS
VARIANT COVER BY JUAN FERREYRA
The team that brought you AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER REUNITES for an all-new weekly AVENGERS adventure!
Night has fallen across the universe. Now seven Avengers — and one new addition — journey forth to bring back the light. But when the threat they face has destroyed even the gods…will anyone make it home?
LEGACY #708
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #2 (OF 10)

AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by MICO SUAYAN (2 OF 3)
Nyx, the Queen of Night, battles the Avengers over the bodies of her victims — and Hawkeye pays the price of defiance!
LEGACY #709
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #3 (OF 10)

AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by MICO SUAYAN (3 OF 3)
Rocket Raccoon comes face-to-face with his past — and it isn’t pretty! Meanwhile, the Avengers search the universe for the Shards of Night — and find trouble in the shape of the Children of Nyx!
LEGACY #710
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DAREDEVIL #1 & #2

CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • MARCO CHECCHETTO (A)
CoverS by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
ISSUE #1 – Variant Cover by ALEX MALEEV
ISSUE #1 – Variant Cover by TBA
ISSUE #1 – Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
ISSUE #1 – Hidden Gem Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
ISSUE #1 – VIRGIN HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY JAMAL CAMPBELL
ISSUE #1 – SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ISSUE #2 – Hidden Gem Variant Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
ISSUE #2 – VARIANT COVER BY TBA
CLASSIFIED
ISSUE #1 – 48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
ISSUE #2 – 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2

DONNY CATES (W) • GEOFF SHAW (A)
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
VARIANT COVER BY Matteo Scalera
• Thanos is dead… Long live the NEW Thanos!
• But who will it be?!
• Will the new Guardians of the Galaxy find that person in time before the universe comes crashing down?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DAZZLER #1 FACSIMILE EDITION

Written by TOM DEFALCO
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by BOB LARKIN
She’s a singer, not a fighter — but Dazzler was always destined to be one of comics’ brightest stars! Journey back to the days of disco to join Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men in welcoming Alison Blaire to the Mighty Marvel firmament with this impeccable facsimile of the first issue of Dazzler’s sparkling solo series! Alison’s mutant powers place her at a career crossroads. Can she be a singing sensation? A stellar super hero? Or both? But when Alison dons her iconic roller skates to make an important audition, will she dazzle everyone — or will the Asgardian Enchantress steal the show?! It’s a landmark issue of the 1980s, re-presented in its original form, ads and all!
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT /Rated T …$3.99

MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #2

CHARLES SOULE, DAVID AND MARIA LAPHAM & MARK WAID (W)
PAULO SIQUEIRA, DAVID LAPHAM & MORE (A)
COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS
VARIANT COVER BY GERALD PAREL
VARIANT COVER BY MICHAEL CHO
Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle’s cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

ZIGGY PIG – SILLY SEAL COMICS #1

FRANK TIERI (W) • JACOB CHABOT (A)
COVER BY NIC KLEIN
YOUNG GUNS VARIANT COVER BY MIKE DEL MUNDO
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY BOBBY RUBIO
NOT SO FUNNY WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU?
• Once they were superstars of the Funny Animal Comedy circuit!
• Now money and fame have ruined their friendship.
• Will it ruin their lives?
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT/Rated T …$3.99

THE GUNHAWKS #1

DAVID & MARIA LAPHAM (W) • LUCA PIZZARI (A)
Cover by GERARDO ZAFFINO
YOUNG GUNS VARIANT COVER BY AARON KUDER
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by BOB MCLEOD
For Marvel’s 80th anniversary we’ve set our sights on bringing some old titles back into the herd, and we’ve brought in Stray Bullets” David & Maria Lapham for a bullet-riddled saga of violence, vengeance and Western justice. In the days of the Old West there were plenty of fearsome folk… cowboys, rustlers, lawmen and outlaws…but few were as fearsome as THE GUNHAWKS!
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$3.99

LOVE ROMANCES #1

DENNIS HOPELESS, GAIL SIMONE, JON ADAMS & MORE (W) • VARIOUS (A)
Cover by PYEONG-JUN PARK
YOUNG GUNS VARIANT COVER BY RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY ANNIE WU
LOVE STORIES THAT CAN ONLY BE TOLD IN A COMIC BOOK!
• Can robots fall in love?
• Is romance just a fantasy?
• Can love breach the corridor of death?
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT/Rated T …$3.99

WOLVERINE: INFINITY WATCH #1 (of 5)

GERRY DUGGAN (W) • ANDY MACDONALD (A)
Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE McKONE
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY JEE HYUNG LEE
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
Wolverine has finally returned, disentwined from the evil clutches of Soteira…but hang on, didn’t he have an Infinity Stone? How did THAT happen?! And wasn’t he popping up all over the place for a little while? The answers you seek are finally revealed as Logan goes cosmic alongside everyone’s favorite god of lies and stories, Loki Laufeyson!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

OLD MAN QUILL #1 (of 12)

ETHAN SACKS (W) • ROBERT GILL (A)
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Variant Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Cover by IBAN COELLO
Young Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JIM STARLIN
VIRGIN HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JIM STARLIN
THE FAR-FLUNG SAGA OF THE ONCE AND FUTURE STAR-LORD BEGINS!
Meet Peter Quill. He used to be Star-Lord – you know, the legendary outlaw – but it’s been quite some time since he’s gone by that name. Taking over for his father as the Emperor of Spartax, Quill put the life of spacefaring adventure behind him for one of leadership and responsibility. Quill grew up. But things didn’t go as planned. Decades have passed, and Peter is haunted by tragedy. Down and out, Quill’s existence means nothing…until the former GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY drag Peter out of his funk for one last mission! The heist of a lifetime – and Quill’s harrowing quest for redemption – begins here!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

OLD MAN QUILL #2 (of 12)

ETHAN SACKS (W) • ROBERT GILL (A)
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Variant Cover by ROD REIS
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING!
• PETER QUILL returns to Earth…but a lot has changed since he was last there.
• As Peter reacquaints himself with the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, he’ll find it’s difficult to pick up where he left off.
• But they’ll have to figure it out quick, as A DEADLY ENEMY is closing in…
• And: What happened to the AVENGERS?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN #1 (of 5)

LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON (W) • MARCO FAILLA (A)
Cover by PHIL NOTO
VARIANT COVER BY ROB LIEFELD
VARIANT COVER BY VICTOR HUGO
Connecting variant cover by InHyuk Lee
SECRET VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
The perfect heroes for a perfect world! The X-Men have helped make the world into a utopia where living in fear and hatred is a thing of the past. All people are united under the banner of mutantkind, and all of mutantkind idolizes the X-Men. Jean Grey! Colossus! Storm! X-23! X-Man! Nature Girl! Magneto! And of course, the amazing Nightcrawler! When danger threatens the world, the Marvelous X-Men set things right for the good of all. And no one dares say otherwise.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: NEXTGEN #1 (of 5)

ED BRISSON (W) • MARCUS TO (A)
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Connecting variant cover by InHyuk Lee
SECRET VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
In an age of utopia, the Summers Institute for Higher Learning is the premiere school for the mutant community across the globe. Attendance is mandatory for all mutant children, as they learn to become the next generation of marvelous X-Men. But even in a utopian society, teenagers will always find a way to rebel… Follow Glob, Armor, Anole and Rockslide as they discover what it really means to live in an age of peace and harmony!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: THE AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1 (of 5)

SEAN MCGUIRE (W) • JUAN FRIGERI (A)
COVER BY SHANE DAVIS, MICHELLE DELECKI & FEDERICO BLEE
VARIANT COVER BY KOI PHAM
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE
SECRET VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
• From the Munich circus to Hollywood Boulevard, Nightcrawler is starring in his own solo series!
• Kurt Wagner is the biggest celebrity slash super hero since Dwayne Johnson!
• Juggling Kurt’s responsibilities as one of the X-Men and a slate of summer blockbusters would be tough without the best support staff
in the business: Stunt coordinator Magma! Personal trainer Kylun! And of course, his leading lady Meggan!
• But there’s something rotten in Tinseltown…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: THE X-TREMISTS #1 (of 5)

LEAH WILLIAMS (W) • GEORGES JEANTY (A)
Cover by RAHZZAH
VARIANT COVER BY EMA LUPACCHINO
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE
SECRET VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
A perfect world doesn’t just…happen. It needs to be cultivated. That’s where the X-Tremists come in. Psylocke, Iceman, Northstar, Blob, Jubilee and Moneta protect people from threats they won’t even know existed, including the most insidious threat of all — love.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #11 & #12

MATTHEW ROSENBERG (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)
Covers by SALVADOR LARROCA
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY ROB LIEFELD
ISSUE #11 – HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ISSUE #11 – CHARACTER VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ISSUE #11 – SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY SCOTT WILLIAMS
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY EDUARD PETROVICH
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY LEWIS LAROSA
ISSUE #11 – BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ISSUE #12 – CHARACTER VARIANT COVER BY TBA
SPECIAL OVER-SIZED ISSUE!
After the devastating events of “X-Men Disassembled,” it falls to Cyclops to rebuild the X-Men in the face of overwhelming hatred. Thankfully, he’s not the only X-Man to have just returned from oblivion. Scott and Logan are together again, and they are mutantkind’s only hope. Writer Matthew Rosenberg and returning superstar X-Artist Salvador Larroca lead the X-Men into their darkest hour…and beyond!
Issue #11 – 72PGS./Rated T+ …$7.99
Issue #12 – 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

HULKVERINES #1 (of 3)

GREG PAK (W) • Ario Anindito (A)
Cover by Greg Land & Frank D’Armata
Variant cover by Cory Smith
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
THE CLASH YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
At last! It’s Weapon H versus his predecessors—Wolverine and the Hulk! Once, the Weapon X program sought to recreate the world’s two greatest hunters. They ended up with Weapon H, a man of Adamantium claws and gamma-juiced blood. Now, Wolverine and the Hulk are back in action — and coming after the dangerous creation made in their name!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …4.99

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2

KELLY THOMPSON (W) • CARMEN CARNERO (A)
Cover by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Variant Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
WRAPAROUND Design Variant Cover by CARMEN CARNERO
Movie Variant Cover Also Available
REVOLUTION!
The classic Fantastic Four villain MAHKIZMO has taken over Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island and turned it into an apocalyptic wasteland! When CAPTAIN MARVEL ends up trapped there and cut off from the rest of world (including any Avengers-shaped reinforcements!), she’ll need to build her own team out of allies, old and new — SPIDER-WOMAN, HAZMAT, ECHO and a man known only as SOM — in order to start a revolution to free the island’s civilian inhabitants. With that kind of backup, Mahkizmo should be toast — but not everything is what it seems on this island…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1

JODY HOUSER (W) • SIMONE BUONFANTINO (A) • Cover by VALERIO SCHITI
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
HERO FOR A DAY, HERO FOR A PLANET!
It’s CAROL DANVERS Day! Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers is a hero to many…so what could possibly delay her to her own celebration? Only her other job—as Earth’s Mightiest Hero, CAPTAIN MARVEL! Stuck between her duty to her community and her responsibility to the wider world, Carol will have to make a tough decision, and muster all of her power to fend off an invasion force! Don’t miss the excitement of the STRONGEST & MIGHTIEST hero of all in her latest adventure!
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT / Rated T …$3.99

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL – MS. MARVEL #1

Reprinting Ms. Marvel (1977) #1
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL – SPIDER-MAN AND MS. MARVEL #1

Reprinting Marvel Team-Up (1972) #62
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MAR-VELL #1

Reprinting Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #12
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL VS. RONAN #1

Reprinting Captain Marvel (1968) #41
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL – THE KREE/SKRULL WAR #1

Reprinting Avengers (1963) #89
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL – BINARY #1

Reprinting Uncanny X-Men (1981) #164
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL – EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO #1

Reprinting Captain Marvel (2012) #1
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL – AVENGER #1

Reprinting Avengers (1963) #183
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL – THE NEW MS. MARVEL 1

Reprinting Ms. Marvel (1977) #20
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL – BETRAYED! 1

Reprinting Avengers Annual (1964) #10
40 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

AVENGERS #14

JASON AARON (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER BY MATTEO SCALERA
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by CARLOS PACHECO
THE WAR OF THE VAMPIRES BEGINS!
TRANSYLVANIA IS BURNING! As vampire civil war throws the world into chaos, the mysterious Shadow Colonel and his squad of undead revolutionaries have one burning question on their murderous minds: Where is Dracula? And if the Avengers find him first, will the lord of the damned be friend or foe?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #15

JASON AARON (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER by GERALD PAREL
CIVIL WAR: VAMPIRE EDITION!
Dracula forges unholy alliances from his prison cell. Ghost Rider goes berserk. The Shadow Colonel and his new Legion of the Unliving raise bloody hell all over the globe. It’s a good thing the Avengers just added a startling new member to the team.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: UNTITLED PRELUDE #3 (of 3)

WILL CORONA PILGRIM (W) • PACO DIAZ (A)
AVENGERS & GUARDIANS ASSEMBLE!
• The last stand of the AVENGERS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the heroes of Earth!
• But can even their combined might stop THANOS’ mad scheme, now that he’s assembled all the INFINITY STONES?
• Snap!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AVENGERS WEST COAST #8

KELLY THOMPSON (W)
GANG HYUK LIM (A)
Cover by EDUARD PETROVICH
• KATE BISHOP’s ex NOH-VARR is back in town in a big way and needs her help with something weird. Do exes ever come back for normal reasons?! (They do not.)
• That’s right, something foul is afoot in the City of Angels, and surprisingly, it’s not the newly formed Masters of Evil West Coast (OR that Dutch Oven guy).
• No, this reeks of the Hollywood Elite with a seriously gross tinge of “cult,” and it will take all of the West Coast Avengers working together — uncomfortable love triangles and personal problems be damned — in order to save the day. Sexy undercover mission, here we come!
• ALSO! Did GWENPOOL find and adopt a baby land shark? Why, yes, yes she did.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

INVADERS #2

CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • CARLOS MAGNO (A/C)
Cover by BUTCH GUICE
After the SHOCKING reveals about NAMOR last issue, THE HUMAN TORCH goes deeper into the Sub-Mariner’s PAST, hoping to uncover his plan. But CAPTAIN AMERICA goes the direct route: TO ATLANTIS. Alone against THE MAD KING and his ARMIES in the exciting second chapter of WAR GHOSTS: THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

THOR #10

JASON AARON (W) • MIKE DEL MUNDO (A/C)
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by TBA
ALL-FATHER ODIN, FATHER OF RUIN! ROAD TO THE WAR OF THE REALMS!
For months, the realms have burned with the flames of Malekith’s war, while Almighty Odin did nothing. Now Asgardia is lost in the sun, the Rainbow Bridge is shattered and the All-Father sits alone in the empty ruins of Old Asgard, drunk on mead and despair. If Odin is going to save what’s left of the realms, he’ll have to undertake the most difficult labor of his very long life. Not by being the omnipotent All-Father, but by finally being just a father to the mighty Thor.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

CHAMPIONS #2

JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by KIM JACINTO
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
• When the dream is at stake, everything you believe in and have fought dearly for, what would you be willing to sacrifice to keep it alive?
• One of the Champions has made a choice that will haunt them for the rest of their days… And now the villain behind that decision has everything they need to shatter the next generation of heroes.
• Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) take the Champions into uncharted territory, and the team will never be the same.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #8

TA-NEHISI COATES (W) • Adam Kubert (A) • Cover by ALEX ROSS
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
“CAPTAIN OF NOTHING” Continues!
Cap accused! Cap in custody! Cap — killer? As the Power Elite makes its play against the star-spangled Avenger, Captain America is in no position to fight back! Who stands with Cap?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #9

DAN SLOTT (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A)
Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
MARVELS 25TH VARIANT COVER by ALEX ROSS
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by KHOI PHAM
“STARK REALITIES” PART FOUR!
• Who controls the eScape? Who controls the real world? And who is in control of Iron Man?
• The answer to at least one of these questions is the Controller.
• The answer to the others might surprise you.
• It’s an all-out battle on multiple fronts with reality, the cyberscape and the heart, mind and soul of Tony Stark at stake!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

IMMORTAL HULK #13

AL EWING (W) • JOE BENNETT (A) • Cover by ALEX ROSS
SKRULLS VARIANT by CHRIS STEVENS
• The One Below All is in control, and Bruce Banner belongs to him. Hell is ascendant.
• But there are two people Hell isn’t strong enough to hold. One is a man named Eugene Judd…
• …the other is the IMMORTAL HULK.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15

NICK SPENCER (W) • CHRIS BACHALO (A)
COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY LEE GARBETT
• Aunt May is in danger and only Spider-Man can help her…
• …You think you know where a story like this is going, but you DON’T.
• Because Taskmaster and Black Ant are on the scene, and they don’t have a problem with collateral damage.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16

NICK SPENCER (W) • RYAN OTTLEY (A) • Cover by CULLY HAMNER
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY MIKE HAWTHORNE
THE ROAD TO “HUNTED” STARTS HERE!
• The biggest AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story of the year starts next month, so don’t miss this prologue!
• The Kraven thread gets woven into Spider-Man’s life in a terrifying way that puts Spidey on the road to ruin!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER #5

SEANAN McGUIRE (W) • TAKESHI MIYAZAWA (A)
Cover by BENGAL
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY PASQUAL FERRY
In the aftermath of “Spider-Geddon”, Gwen is ready for her life to calm down — but when is life ever calm for a teenage super hero? Mary Jane’s perfectionist vision for their band is driving Gwen crazy, while Gwen’s father is pressuring her to return to school. Add that to the daily trials and responsibility that come with being a web-slinging super hero, and you’ve got a recipe for a whole new era of radioactive adventure!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #3

TOM TAYLOR (W) • JUANN CABAL (A)
Cover by ANDREW C. ROBINSON
• Spider-Man heads to a part of the Marvel Universe that you’ve never seen before!
• It’s always fun to see Spider-Man out of his element. Well, for YOU, anyway. Spidey doesn’t agree.
• And when “out of his element” is in a place that doesn’t support human life? Uh-oh!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #46

ROBBIE THOMPSON (W) • MATT HORAK (A)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
• The “INFINITE HOUSE OF CIVIL yet SECRET CRISIS WAR INVASIONS” begins here!
• The BIGGEST arc of SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL kicks off this month and will shake the foundations of the Marvel Universe!
• Nothing will ever be the same after this issue! NOTHING!
• Spider-Man and Deadpool just BARELY make it back from the Negative Zone in the middle of an Event that the Marvel U’s heroes have already lost.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #3

SALADIN AHMED (W) • JAVIER GARRÓN (A) • Cover by Marco D’Alfonso
VARIANT COVER BY SANA TAKEDA
CONCEPT VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• CAPTAIN AMERICA guest-stars!
• Miles and Cap try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the missing kids, but it’s not quite that simple.
• A new villain has our heroes’ number, and you won’t believe how they get out of this jam!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

VENOM #11

DONNY CATES (W) • RYAN STEGMAN (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY DAVE GIBBONS
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• The sinister symbiote skulks the streets of San Francisco!
• With the symbiote silenced and Eddie finding parts of his memory missing, will he be able to find the answers he’s looking for in the Golden City?
• Or will the return to his old stomping grounds reveal secrets better left buried?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #3

CHRISTOS GAGE (W) • MIKE HAWTHORNE (A)
Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY JESUS SAIZ
• Outpowered and outclassed by Terrax, Otto Octavius somehow turns himself into the COSMICALLY POWERED SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN!
• This may not be enough to defeat Terrax, but if so, is the world ready for an Otto Octavius with this level of power?!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE #11

MARK WAID (W) • Jesús SAIZ (A/C)
• After the incredible #400, Doc is finally face to face with the man who controls Earth’s magic!
• What chance does Strange have against a foe who can literally turn Strange’s spells off?!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99

FANTASTIC FOUR #7

DAN SLOTT (W) • AARON KUDER (A) • Cover by ESAD RIBIC
VARIANT COVER by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY VALERIO SCHITI
MYSTERY VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
“HERALD OF DOOM” PART TWO!
• In a battle between Doctor Doom and Galactus, who would you favor…
• A man who is trying to be a hero to his beloved nation or an unstoppable cosmic force of nature?
• It’s a simple choice, unless you’re Mister Fantastic.
• This dilemma, plus a strange new development in the life of the Human Torch.
• And a long-forgotten threat from the Fantastic Four’s past resurfaces…
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

KILLMONGER #4 (of 5)

BRYAN HILL (W) • JUAN FERREYRA (A/C)
THE CAT AND THE SPIDER!
Erik Killmonger came to New York for revenge. But now everything is crumbling around him. Ulysses Klaw — the man he came to kill — has disappeared. Wilson Fisk, Killmonger’s new employer, has set the deadliest assassin in the city on his trail. And now, Erik’s band of killing comrades is inches from the Black Widow’s fangs. The hourglass is running out, and Killmonger has nowhere left to turn.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

WINTER SOLDIER #3 (OF 5)

KYLE HIGGINS (W)
ROD REIS (A/C)
Having pulled RJ out of HYDRA, Bucky begins diving into the mystery of the young killer’s past. Where does he come from? Who are his parents? How do you rehabilitate someone who’s only ever known death? You give him something new to live for.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SHURI #5

NNEDI OKORAFOR (W) • LEONARDO ROMERO (A)
Cover by SAM SPRATT
THE TWO BADDEST GAUNTLET-WIELDERS IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE UNITE!
An alien creature has invaded Wakanda! And with her powers strangely malfunctioning and her brother still missing, Shuri is in over her head. Time to call for backup. Enter: Iron Man! But can these two tech geniuses figure out how to de-power an energy-sucking alien before it destroys the entire continent? Don’t miss the end of the first arc — and a dramatic change for the princess of Wakanda!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

MARVEL TALES: BLACK WIDOW #1

Written by GEORGE KAPITAN, STAN LEE, GARY FRIEDRICH,
RALPH MACCHIO, MARGARET STOHL & MORE
Penciled by HARRY SAHLE, DON HECK, JOHN ROMITA SR., JOHN BUSCEMA, GEORGE PEREZ & NICO LEON
COVER BY JEN BARTEL
VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY JEN BARTEL
Relive exciting espionage adventures alongside the Black Widow and celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary with the return of MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. Featuring the debut of the Golden Age Black Widow from MYSTIC COMICS (1940) #4, the first appearance of the incomparable Natasha Romanoff as a femme fatale targeting Iron Man in TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #52 and the dazzling introduction of Natasha’s iconic modern look in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #86! Plus: Criminals everywhere will feel the Widow’s bite when she goes solo in AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1, and Natasha undertakes a superspy mission in MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #10. And meet an all-new undercover agent in RED WIDOW: FIRST STRIKE #1!
80 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T …$7.99

BLACK WIDOW #2

JEN & SYLVIA SOSKA (W) • FLAVIANO (A) • Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
BLOODY, BLOODY BLACK WIDOW!
• Black Widow came to Madripoor looking for trouble — and boy has she found it!
• With a lead on the worst men in Madripoor, Natasha cuts a swath through the island’s underworld, leaving bodies in her wake.
• An assassin, a ballerina and an Avenger walks into the Princess Bar. Tyger Tiger says, “Hey, Natasha.”
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL #5 (of 5)

DANIEL KIBBLESMITH (W) • RICARDO LÓPEZ ORTIZ (A)
Cover by Ryan Benjamin & Rain Beredo
VARIANT COVER BY KYLE BAKER
THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION: EVERYONE DIES!
Or at least one person will come very, very close to dying! Probably! It’s hard to tell with these team-up books! But one thing’s for sure: This is the end. And there’s a reason Wade Wilson is known as DEADpool. Will he obtain the Vibranium he needs to save Willie Lumpkin’s life? Will the Black Panther chase immortality to stop him? Will Wade’s teleporter ever work properly? Find out here!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

BLACK PANTHER #9

TA-NEHISI COATES (W) • KEV WALKER (A)
Cover by DANIEL ACUñA
VARIANT COVER by FLOYD NORMAN
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by TBA
“THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA: THE GATHERING OF MY NAME” Part 3
The Panther faces a creature of nightmares! In the fight against N’Jadaka and his empire, the Maroons embark on a journey through myth. But the loss of their leader N’Yami continues to haunt them. And the true monster lies in wait.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #40

BRANDON MONTCLARE (W)
NATACHA BUSTOS (a/C)
CAUGHT BETWEEN WORLDS!
As Moon Girl and Devil traverse the Dreamscape, all is revealed about their host, Bad Dream…and he isn’t what you think! GUEST STARRING DOCTOR STRANGE!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

RUNAWAYS #18

RAINBOW ROWELL (W)
KRIS ANKA (A/C)
• The conclusion to “That Was Yesterday” is here!
• The Gibborim have returned to take what’s theirs and destroy the world!
• The question for the Runaways is whether or not they get destroyed, too.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

IRONHEART #3

EVE L. EWING (W) • Luciano Vecchio (A)
Cover by AMY REEDER
As Ironheart gets deeper into the search for a missing friend, she stumbles into something much bigger than a single kidnapping — and something much more dangerous. She may not know it yet, but she faces an ancient power, and it’s deadly.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Diamond code: NOV180940

BLACK ORDER #4 (of 5)

DEREK LANDY (W) • PHILIP TAN (A)
COVER BY INHYUK LEE
VARIANT COVER BY
JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Empires, rebellions, super heroes and spies — all in a day’s work for the enigmatic Black Swan. With a dark and twisted Nova on the rampage and her Black Order teammates getting decidedly pummeled, the Swan is presented with a simple choice: stay and risk an ungainly end or leave and abandon the closest thing she has to a family.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6

CULLEN BUNN (W)
MATTEO LOLLI (A)
Cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
“Nothing for nothing – everything has its price.”
In accordance with her personal code, Loki promised Angela a gift in exchange for her help against Nebula. And the debt is coming due. But Angela is about to get a whole lot more than she asked for — including a run-in with Yondu Udonta and his … new Ravagers?! Fans of Cullen Bunn, C.M. Punk and Scott Hepburn’s 2016 Drax series rejoice as Planet Terry, Pip and Kammi clash with the Asgardians!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

THE PUNISHER #8

MATTHEW ROSENBERG (W) • Szymon Kudranski (A)
Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
• Frank Castle is loose in a country ENTIRELY POPULATED BY VILLAINS.
• It’s war on the streets of Bagalia!
• Desperate times for Baron Zemo call for desperate measures!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #41

RYAN NORTH (W)
NAOMI FRANQUIZ (A)
Cover by ERICA HENDERSON
• In the past months, Squirrel Girl has battled Kraven, rescued NYC from supernatural silence, kinda-maybe died and also fought Skrulls! So now it’s time for a nice break…which is why in THIS issue, Squirrel Girl does nothing but watch public domain movies on television!
• That’s right! She just sits there! You can kinda see the TV screen over her shoulder in a couple of panels, but that’s it! It’s really quiet and relaxing and nothing much happens.
• …
• …THAT IS, UNTIL NANCY WHITEHEAD AND ANOTHER ESU STUDENT BY THE NAME OF PETER PARKER ARE TAKEN HOSTAGE BY A SUPER VILLAIN INTENT ON PROVING THAT SHE’S THE SMARTEST PERSON ON THE PLANET!
• Then it’s super hero battles featuring THOR and SHE-HULK on a DATE! SQUIRREL GIRL matching wits against MS. QUIZZLER! And MORE!
• Artist Naomi Franquiz makes her MARVEL DEBUT in a stanalone adventure you won’t want to miss!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #5

JEREMY WHITLEY (W)
GURIHIRU (A)
Cover by STACEY LEE
Nadia believed that when A.I.M. attacked her lab, she had reached rock bottom. She was wrong. And now she is finding out that she has more in common with her father than she ever knew. This issue of UNSTOPPABLE WASP will change everything about Nadia’s life.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MS. MARVEL #38

G. WILLOW WILSON & MORE (W) • NICO LEON & MORE (A)
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
• MS. MARVEL marks five incredible years on the stands!
• Take a deep dive into Kamala’s Jersey City with Bruno, Nakia, Zoe and more in this jam-packed celebration of Ms. Marvel and her amazing friends!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

UNCANNY X-MEN: WINTER’S END #1

SINA GRACE (W) • NATHAN STOCKMAN (A) • Cover by JAVIER GARRON
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Iceman and the X-Men get a special visitor from the future! An older Bobby Drake has come to the present to tell him to give up being a super hero. But what could have happened that would change Bobby Drake from the X-Men’s resident jokester to a morose mutant?
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

X-FORCE #3

ED BRISSON (W) • DYLAN BURNETT (A)
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY Butch Guice
• Ahab has returned to exterminate X-Force!
• What twisted schemes is Ahab conducting that has attracted the attention of X-Force?
• The team has begun to put the pieces together, but will they figure it out in time to stop mass genocide?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT ADAPTATION #2 (of 5)

BENJAMIN PERCY (W) • MARCIO TAKARA (A)
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
A rundown cabin in the middle of nowhere. Feral children lurking in the trees. A sinister cult worshiping in a cathedral of night. As Agents Pierce and Marshall continue to investigate the killer striking Burns, Alaska, they uncover even more mysteries than they’d bargained for…
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99

DEAD MAN LOGAN #4 (of 12)

ED BRISSON (W) • MIKE HENDERSON (A)
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
VARIANT COVER BY GERARDO ZAFFINO
LEFT FOR DEAD!
• Logan’s Adamantium sickness is advancing, and the greatest medical minds of the Marvel U want one last checkup…
• Hawkeye vs. Mysterio! A glass fishbowl makes for an awfully large target…
• Plus: A special appearance by your least favorite X-Man!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

MR. AND MRS. X #8

KELLY THOMPSON (W) • Oscar Bazaldua (A)
Cover by TERRY & RACHEL DODSON
• Spiral jumps into the fray!
• But whose side is she really on?
• Will Rogue and Gambit ever get the vacation they deserve?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

X-23 #9

MARIKO TAMAKI (W) • DIEGO OLORTEGUI (A)
Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY EMA LUPACCHINO
The mystery surrounding the X-Assassin grows, as Laura investigates its origins and Gabby does her best to find the humanity deep in its robot heart… But the X-Assassin isn’t the only threat facing the sisters!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SHATTERSTAR #5 (OF 5)

TIM SEELEY (W) • CARLOS VILLA & GERARDO SANDOVAL (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
• The Grandmaster’s game reaches final jeopardy…
• Shatterstar goes toe-to-toe with the only opponent with a prayer of taking him down…himself!
• Plus: One of Shatty’s tenants fulfills their destiny!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEADPOOL #9

SKOTTIE YOUNG (w) • NIC KLEIN (A/C)
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY MIKE HAWTHORNE
THE HEART IS A LONELY MERCENARY…
• Someone has stolen Deadpool’s heart…LITERALLY.
• The Merc with the Mouth hires the Snoop with a Private Eye, Jessica Jones!
• You’ll never guess where this twisted trail leads!!!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #29

SIMON SPURRIER (W) • EMILIO LAISO (A)
Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
Greatest Hits Variant Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
“WORST AMONG EQUALS” PART 4
• Rogue archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA continues her race against time – and total bodily explosion – with only professional murder droid TRIPLE-ZERO for company.
• Facing firing squads, harpoon-flinging reptiles and – worst of all – really bad traffic, they have no idea they’re being watched by the deadliest Imperial threat of all:
• The Coalition for Progress! Face the unmitigated terror of the EMPIRE’S public relations division…
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

STAR WARS #61

KIERON GILLEN (W) • ANDREA BROCCARDO (A)
Cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
GREATEST HITS VARIANT COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
“THE ESCAPE” AFTERMATH
• The great love story of our time as man and spaceship are brought back together in a tearful reunion.
• Er…HAN gets the FALCON back.
• It’s not just about the escape—it’s what you leave behind…
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ADAPTATION #5 (of 7)

ROBBIE THOMPSON (W)
WILL SLINEY (A)
Cover by PHIL NOTO
VARIANT COVER BY SCOTT FORBES
THE KESSEL RUN!
• HAN and his crew pulled off an impossible heist…
• …but will the EMPIRE stop them before their stolen unrefined coaxium explodes?
• Or will a monster waiting in the Maw prevent them making the Kessel Run in under twelve parsecs?!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO – IMPERIAL CADET #4 (of 5)

ROBBIE THOMPSON (W)
LEONARD KIRK (A)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
THE MISSION BEGINS!
• The training wheels are off as HAN SOLO and his fellow cadets head into real combat warfare!
• In the chaos of battle, will Han take a chance to slip the bonds of the EMPIRE?
• Or will he risk his freedom AND his life to help a fellow cadet left behind enemy lines?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

This is the Age of Star Wars! STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC, AGE OF REBELLION and AGE OF RESISTANCE chronologically tell a series of spectacular adventures featuring your favorite characters from ALL THREE STAR WARS TRILOGIES!

Starting with AGE OF REPUBLIC this December, writer Jody Houser teams with artists Cory Smith and Luke Ross to spotlight four of the greatest heroes and four of the coolest villains from the prequel films during the waning days of the Old Republic. Witness the never-before-seen moments that define the characters, the incredible battles that shaped them and the eternal conflict between the light and the dark, good and evil!

It all starts here in the pages of QUI-GON #1 and DARTH MAUL #1.
With covers by Paolo Rivera, Luke Ross, Cory Smith and more!

Checklist:
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC

December 2018
QUI-GON #1
DARTH MAUL #1

January 2019
OBI-WAN #1
JANGO FETT #1
SPECIAL #1

February 2019
ANAKIN SKYWALKER #1
COUNT DOOKU #1

March 2019
PADMÉ AMIDALA #1
GENERAL GRIEVOUS #1

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – ANAKIN SKYWALKER #1

JODY HOUSER (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
CONCEPT DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY TBA
PUZZLE PIECE VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE (6 OF 27)
GREATEST HITS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
MOVIE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
AN UNTOLD ANAKIN ADVENTURE FROM THE HEART OF THE CLONE WARS!
• A chance to strike a devastating blow to the SEPARATIST cause comes with a high cost.
• Will ANAKIN choose the darker path, or hold true to the CODE OF THE JEDI?
• Guest-starring OBI-WAN KENOBI!
32 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T …$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – COUNT DOOKU #1

JODY HOUSER (W) • LUKE ROSS (A) • Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
CONCEPT DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY TBA
PUZZLE PIECE VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE (7 OF 27)
MOVIE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
THE FORMER JEDI BEGINS LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR HIS SITH MASTER!
• However, an unexpected encounter with an old student threatens his plans.
• Caught between his old life and his new, will DOOKU be able to protect the secrets of the SITH?
• And does he control the DARK SIDE, or is he merely its tool?
32 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T …$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN – WEB OF INTRIGUE #1

JEFF LOVENESS AND MORE! (W) MARIO DELPENNINO AND MORE! (A)
Cover by JACOB CHABOT
• Power is a great responsibility but it’s a weight easier carried with friends!
• So, what happens when your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man meets up with his favorite Spider-Pals, Miles, Gwen and Anya?
• Hijinks, hilarity and heroism of course!
32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPER HEROES – MUSEUM EXHIBIT GUIDE TPB

ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DIRECT MARKET AND AT THE MUSEUM EXHIBIT!
Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios films are not only the enduring voices of the Super Heroes themselves, but also the diverse visions of Marvel’s writers, artists, actors and filmmakers. The MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPER HEROES catalog spotlights legendary comics creators, up-and-coming talent, editors, executives, artists, art collectors, actors and showrunners, along with articles about the history and power of Marvel fans, with stories that stretch the mind regarding how we think about heroes—be it through personal history, fandom or fashion. Featuring interviews with and articles by some of the legends and stars in the field—including Stan Lee, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Clark Gregg, Joe Quesada, G. Willow Wilson, Chris Claremont, Jeph Loeb, Cheo Hodari Coker and James Marsters.
248 PGS./All Ages …$34.99
IBSN: 978-3-903269-32-3
Trim size: 8.5 x 11

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2 HC

Written by BILL MANTLO with ELLIOT S! MAGGIN
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA & JIM MOONEY with FRANK MILLER, MIKE ZECK & FRANK SPRINGER
Cover by KEITH POLLARD
Peter Parker’s second Spectacular serving is even greater than the first! Things kick off with a battle against the Beetle, then Peter heads west to cover the breakup of the Champions — but how does this lead to a clash with Angel and Iceman? The White Tiger enters for an extended guest role as the Lightmaster, the Enforcers and the Scorpion turn up the tension! Then, Moon Knight helps Spidey fight the Maggia — who retaliate in the form of the Masked Marauder! It’s a multipart epic pairing Spider-Man and Daredevil, and featuring Frank Miller’s very first DD artwork! It all culminates in the seven-part saga of Carrion, the mysterious rotting horror with hidden ties to Peter Parker’s past — and a violent desire to punish him for the death of Gwen Stacy! Collecting PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #16-31.
312 PGS./Rated T …$75.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91739-5

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2 HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 276 (DM ONLY)

312 PGS./Rated T …$75.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91740-1

HULK BY LOEB & MCGUINNESS OMNIBUS HC

Written by JEPH LOEB with AUDREY LOEB
Penciled by ED MCGUINNESS, ARTHUR ADAMS, FRANK CHO, IAN CHURCHILL, WHILCE PORTACIO, JOHN ROMITA JR., CHRIS GIARRUSSO, DARIO BRIZUELA & MORE
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
There’s a sadistic new red-skinned Hulk in the Marvel Universe. Who or what is he? One thing’s for sure: He’s a Hulk with a mission…and it’ll be an explosive battle when he collides with the original green-skinned goliath! As Marvel’s greatest minds try to uncover the Red Hulk’s secrets, She-Hulk calls in the cavalry to bring him down! Meanwhile, Rick Jones adjusts to a startling new status quo — and what’s wrong with Doc Samson? When Domino sees too much, Red Hulk assembles a hit squad to silence her. But whose side is the new Red She-Hulk on? And when Red Hulk’s mysterious backers stand revealed, can Marvel’s greatest heroes halt an unstoppable red tide of destruction? Collecting HULK (2008) #1-24, KING-SIZE HULK #1, FALL OF THE HULKS: GAMMA, HULK-SIZED MINI-HULKS #1 and material from INCREDIBLE HULK (2009) #600 and WOLVERINE (2003) #50.
912 PGS./Rated T+ …$100.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91805-7
Trim size: oversized

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: UNTITLED PRELUDE TPB

Written by WILL CORONA PILGRIM with JIM STARLIN & BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by PACO DIAZ with GEORGE PEREZ, VALERIO SCHITI & MORE
As the Avengers and their allies continue to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger emerges from the cosmic shadows: Thanos! A despot of intergalactic infamy, Thanos’ goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment — and the fate of Earth, and existence itself, has never been more uncertain! Plus: A classic comics tale of Thanos’ original reign of terror over the galaxy, and a blockbuster showdown between the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Mad Titan! Collecting MARVEL’S AVENGERS: UNTITLED PRELUDE #1-3, INFINITY GAUNTLET (1991) #1 and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2015) #19.
152 PGS./Rated T+ …$14.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91495-0

THE MARVEL ART OF SKOTTIE YOUNG HC

Written by JESS HARROLD
Penciled by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Celebrate the unmistakable artwork of Skottie Young in a colorful collection of comic pages, covers and cartoons! The distinctively stylized illustrator first caught fans’ eyes with his flaming-hot take on the Human Torch, and he’s wowed readers across the years since on Marvel books including VENOM, SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER-CLAN, NEW WARRIORS and NEW X-MEN! Young steered the Guardians of the Galaxy’s fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon into solo adventures, and his variant covers are a collector’s-item sensation! In addition to his art, Young has written ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT, MAGNETO: NOT A HERO and DEADPOOL! This volume is the ultimate retrospective of the Marvel Universe according to Skottie — ideal for Young and old!
224 PGS./Rated T …$50.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91765-4
Trim size: oversized

RETURN OF WOLVERINE TPB

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Penciled by STEVE MCNIVEN & DECLAN SHALVEY
Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
He’s back! After a long life of fighting the good fight, Wolverine succumbed to the inevitable. Logan was dead. But now, suddenly, he’s alive! How? Why? And how has this chilling experience changed him? Wolverine awakens in a destroyed lab, his memories fragmented, his claws burning hot and his identity in doubt. What is the organization called Soteira, and what has its enigmatic leader Persephone done to Logan? Wolverine may be back, but as he throws himself headlong into the mysteries around him, he may not remain in the land of the living for long. A confrontation with his oldest allies looms, but the X-Men have learned much during their hunt for Wolverine. Can he handle the truth of what he’s done? Now that Logan has risen, how far can he fall? Collecting RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1-5.
160 PGS./Parental Advisory …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91198-0

FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1: FOUREVER TPB

Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI, SIMONE BIANCHI & SKOTTIE YOUNG
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
The wait is over! The Thing, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic — the first four heroes of the Marvel Age of Comics — are about to be reunited! Experience the grand return of the greatest family in the Marvel Universe! As an event occurs that will radically alter the Fantastic Four, Reed and Sue Richards return home with their children. But things have changed! And while Alicia Masters and the Thing ponder a big change of their own, the next chapter begins in the life of Victor Von Doom! Plus: Who are the Marvel Universe’s newest fabulous foursome — the Fantastix?! How did they come into possession of the Baxter Building? And what does that mean for the original FF? The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine is back — and better than ever! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (2018) #1-4.
120 PGS./Rated T …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91349-6

UNCANNY X-MEN: X-MEN DISASSEMBLED TPB

Written by ED BRISSON, KELLY THOMPSON & MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Penciled by MAHMUD ASRAR, R.B. SILVA, YILDIRAY CINAR & PERE PEREZ
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
The flagship X-Men title that started it all is back — bigger and better than ever! Why is the X-Men’s newest crisis shaping up to be…their final adventure?! It all starts with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, but their investigation draws the X-Men into a much larger — and deadlier — situation! Who or what are the Four Horsemen of Salvation, and what is their connection to Nate Grey, the incredibly powerful mutant known as X-Man? Will Nate’s home dimension, the Age of Apocalypse, make its horrifying return? Or does the dawn of the Age of X-Man mean the end of the Uncanny X-Men?! It’s a status-quo-smashing story that just might leave all of mutantkind in tatters, and it will take three fan-favorite writers to deliver the mutant madness! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (2018) #1-10.
272 PGS./RATED T+ …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91486-8

ICEMAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS TPB

Written by SINA GRACE
Penciled by NATHAN STOCKMAN
Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES
Iceman is back in his own solo series! Someone is hunting the sewer-dwelling Morlocks for sport, and it’s up to Bobby Drake to prevent another Mutant Massacre in the making — but it’s going to take everything he has not to lose his cool. Who’s behind this horrific hunt? You won’t believe it if we tell you! And what part does Iceman’s former teammate Bishop, the cop from the future, play in all this? Plus: When a super villain crashes Bobby’s blind date, he needs a wingman and wingwoman. It’s time for the tripartite team-up you’ve been waiting for: Iceman and his Amazing Friends, Spider-Man and Firestar! And things are looking great when New York finally throws its first Mutant Pride Parade, until things take a turn for the…Sinister! Collecting ICEMAN #1-5 & Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End #1.
144 PGS./RATED T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91483-7

MR. AND MRS. X VOL. 1: LOVE AND MARRIAGE TPB

Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Penciled by OSCAR BAZALDUA & DAVID LOPEZ
Cover by TERRY DODSON
Their wedding shocked the world — now Gambit and Rogue are husband and wife, and their honeymoon will be uncanny! In their extraordinary lives, Gambit and Rogue have faced nearly every challenge imaginable. But now that the Marvel Universe’s hottest couple has tied the knot, how will they cope with married life, X-Men-style? By going interstellar! Being tasked with protecting a mysterious package everyone in the galaxy seems to want makes for a pretty bizarre honeymoon, but could anything be worse than Deadpool crashing the party? Yes! The Technet crashing it, too! Not to mention the Shi’ar Imperial Guard, Deathbird, the Starjammers and a whole Empire in turmoil! What the heck is in this package, anyway?! And will Gambit and Rogue ever make it home? Collecting MR. AND MRS. X #1-6.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91351-9

SPIDER-GEDDON: COVERT OPS TPB

Written by PRIEST & JODY HOUSER
Penciled by PAULO SIQUEIRA & ANDRES GENOLET
Cover by SHANE DAVIS
Many are the missions in SPIDER-GEDDON — and two very different squads of web-slingers undertake some of the deadliest! Kaine, Jessica “Spider-Woman” Drew, Ashley Barton from the OLD MAN LOGAN universe and brand-new characters Astro-Spider and Spider-Kid are the Spider-Force — but their first assignment may well be their last! Are they prepared to sacrifice everything to save the Multiverse? Elsewhere, original Spider-Girl May “Mayday” Parker teams up with her Prime Universe namesake Anya Corazon and Annie May Parker, A.K.A. Spiderling of the RENEW YOUR VOWS world! Mayday will do anything to protect her little brother from the Inheritors, and Anya’s knowledge of the mystical Spider-Totems could save the day — but how does Annie fit in with this trio of Spider-Girls? Collecting SPIDER-FORCE #1-3 and SPIDER-GIRLS #1-3.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91497-4

AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOL. 2: WORLD TOUR TPB

Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI, DAVID MARQUEZ, ADAM KUBERT & ED MCGUINNESS
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Behold the wonders of Avengers Mountain! In the aftermath of their world-shaking battle against the Dark Celestials, the new Avengers team is officially formed — complete with a startling new headquarters at the top of the world. From there, they’ll face a vengeful Namor and his Defenders of the Deep, and the reimagined Russian Super-Soldiers of the Winter Guard! Plus: A shocking surprise from the U.S. government! The all-new Agents of Wakanda! The mystery of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC deepens! Which startling character will become the newest Avenger? And if you thought you knew the beginnings of the Marvel Universe, you were wrong! Witness the prehistoric origin of the very first Ghost Rider — who rides a flaming woolly mammoth, and battles a savage and familiar foe! Collecting AVENGERS (2018) #7-12.
160 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91188-1

AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOL. 2: WORLD TOUR TPB SHAW COVER (DM ONLY)

160 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91861-3

BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL TPB

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Penciled by RICARDO LóPEZ ORTIZ
Cover by RYAN BENJAMIN
Deadpool has teamed up with, taken down or taken a beating from just about every hero in the Marvel Universe — and no way is the Black Panther going to miss his turn! Prepare yourself for a hilarious romp through Wakanda as Wade Wilson goes on the hunt for the world’s most valuable resource: Vibranium! But why does Deadpool want it? And what will T’Challa make of his motives? While the Panther’s mind is distracted with the possibility of a revolutionary new technology that could change the world, Deadpool is about to learn you don’t bring a sword to a claw fight! Someone’s going to lose their head — but will it be Wade, T’Challa or the villainous Jack O’Lantern?! All this, plus…the unthinkable Pantherpool! Collecting BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL #1-5.
112 PGS./Rated T …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91549-0

DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE TPB

Written by AL EWING, CHIP ZDARSKY, GERRY DUGGAN & JASON LATOUR
Penciled by SIMONE DI MEO, CARLOS MAGNO, GREG SMALLWOOD, JASON LATOUR & JOE BENNETT
Cover by RON GARNEY
Doctor Strange! The Hulk! Namor, the Sub-Mariner! The Silver Surfer! An unsolvable murder. An aquatic doorway to nothingness. A wanderer at the end of time. And a cosmic train of planetary proportions. Four seemingly unrelated events that will require the powers and insights of the greatest non-team of all. Only they can connect the dots and challenge the strange power behind these disconnected happenings before all of reality pays the price! But Doctor Strange is…dead? Namor has declared war on the surface world! The Surfer once more serves Galactus! And the Hulk is…Immortal! Estranged and distressed, can these former allies come together in time to stave off a crisis of cosmic proportions? Don’t call them a team — call them the Defenders! Collecting IMMORTAL HULK: DEFENDERS, NAMOR: DEFENDERS, DOCTOR STRANGE: DEFENDERS, SILVER SURFER: DEFENDERS and DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE.
168 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91614-5

X-MEN RED VOL. 2 TPB

Written by TOM TAYLOR
Penciled by CARMEN CARNERO, ROGE ANTONIO & PAOLO VILLANELLI
Cover by JENNY FRISSON
The adventures of the newly resurrected Jean Grey and her handpicked team continue! One of the X-Men’s greatest foes has come calling on Namor’s undersea kingdom of Atlantis, and they’re determined to bring about its end! Jean Grey and the Red team find themselves out of their element and under the sea as they must repel a devastating attack! Plus: The world grows more hostile toward mutants every day, and one of the X-Men’s fiercest foes is working behind the scenes to keep it that way! But Jean has had enough of the hateful world she was reborn into, and it’s time for her to confront the one responsible head-on. Prepare for a seismic showdown between Jean Grey and Cassandra Nova! Collecting X-MEN: RED #6-11.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91168-3

X-MEN BLACK TPB

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, SCOTT AUKERMAN, SEANAN MCGUIRE, ROBBIE THOMPSON, LEAH WILLIAMS, LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON
Penciled by DALIBOR TALAJIC, ANDRE LIMA ARAUJO, NICK BRADSHAW, MARCO FAILLA, SHAWN CRYSTAL, CHRIS BACHALO & GERALDO BORGES
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
Magneto. Mojo. Mystique. Juggernaut. Emma Frost. Apocalypse. The X-Men have gone head-to-head with all of them countless times over the years – but now the villains are the stars! From the cold vacuum of space to the jungles of the Savage Land, from dominating a secret society’s inner sanctum to crashing through all walls in their way, these titanic tales show what makes the X-Men’s opponents the most formidable in the universe. Chris Claremont sets Magneto on a new path! Mojo finds…love? Mystique delivers revenge-fueled chills, seductive thrills and brutal kills! Emma Frost sets her sights on the Hellfire Club! Nothing can stop the Juggernaut…until now! And a transformative tale of Apocalypse that must be seen to be believed! Collecting X-MEN BLACK – MAGNETO, X-MEN BLACK – MOJO, X-MEN BLACK – MYSTIQUE, X-MEN BLACK – JUGGERNAUT and X-MEN BLAC – EMMA FROST.
160 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91553-7

TYPHOID FEVER TPB

Written by CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN
Penciled by STEFANO LANDINI, PAOLO VILLANELLI & WILL ROBSON
Cover by R.B. SILVA
Typhoid Mary is back in Manhattan, and she has her sights set on Hell’s Kitchen! With Daredevil preoccupied trying to take down Mayor Fisk, there’s a power vacuum in New York’s most dangerous neighborhood, and the psychotic pyrokinetic aims to fill it with her own unique brand of chaos. But Daredevil isn’t the only guardian watching over the Kitchen, and Spider-Man is about to prove it! When mutants and humans alike get caught in the crossfire, the X-Men have no choice but to intervene — only to find themselves squaring off against Spidey! Luckily, Iron Fist is in town and willing to lend a hand — but can Danny Rand stop Typhoid Mary’s flames from spreading, or will he just add fuel to the fire? Collecting TYPHOID FEVER: SPIDER-MAN, TYPHOID FEVER: X-MEN and TYPHOID FEVER: IRON FIST.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$12.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91526-1

WAR OF THE REALMS PRELUDE TPB

Written by WALTER SIMONSON & JASON AARON
Penciled by WALTER SIMONSON, RON GARNEY, RUSSELL DAUTERMAN, STEVE EPTING, R.M. GUERA,
RAMON PEREZ & MORE
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
Jason Aaron’s epic THOR run is about to shake reality to its foundations! The War of the Realms looms — but how did it begin? Watch the Dark Elf Malekith’s plot unfold across these key chapters — beginning with his first appearance, his untold origin and his return to plague not one Mighty Thor, but two! When the Odinson is rendered unworthy, Jane Foster wields Mjolnir to fight the chaos spread by Malekith and his dark allies. A new League of Realms, the Norns and the Queen of Cinders all feature as Malekith’s power grows — and the stage is set for war! Collecting THOR (1966) #344; THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #13 and #17; MIGHTY THOR (2015) #1-2, #13-14 and #22; and material from THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25, MIGHTY THOR (2015) #4 and #700, and MIGHTY THOR: AT THE GATES OF VALHALLA.
240 PGS./Rated T+ …$34.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91663-3

INFINITY WARS: SLEEPWALKER TPB

Written by CHRIS SIMS & CHAD BOWERS
Penciled by TODD NAUCK
Cover by TODD NAUCK
Deep in the mind of man, in the ephemeral land of dreams, he lurks! The Sleepwalker — guardian of the Mindscape! When Requiem warps all of reality in the Infinity Wars, can Sleepwalker find the help he needs to set things right from among the ranks of the newly combined heroes? Perhaps Dark Starhawk? Or maybe “He whose touch causes burning” — Man-Thing Thang Thoom?! Lost in the warped reality that Requiem has left in her wake, Sleepwalker must find any way he can to save the Mindscape from being devastated by the chaos in Soulworld. But can even his warp vision make sense of this madness? And what chance does he have of restoring the universe that should be? Collecting INFINITY WARS: SLEEPWALKER #1-4.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91584-1

DOMINO VOL. 2 TPB

Written by GAIL SIMONE, LEAH WILLIAMS, FABIAN NICIEZA & DENNIS HOPELESS
Penciled by DAVID BALDEON, MICHAEL SHELFER, VICTOR IBANEZ, JUAN GEDEON,
LEONARD KIRK & NATACHA BUSTOS
Cover by GREG LAND
Domino has a dangerous new mission! Pale skin, black hair, skintight bodysuit — no, we’re not still describing Domino…here comes Morbius, the Living Vampire! But who is preying on whom? Domino’s luck seems to have a mind of its own sometimes, whether her intentions are noble or not. So perhaps a very special guest could give her a refresher course on luck-based powers? And maybe join her on a little trip to the Mojoverse? We know, it’s a real long shot. Plus: At last, the origin of Domino’s posse, Outlaw and Diamondback! The first appearance of the strange group known as the RejeX! And will Domino rekindle her brief romance with Colossus? Collecting DOMINO (2018) #7-10 and ANNUAL #1.
128 PGS./Parental Advisory …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91484-4

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 10 LIFE IS TOO SHORT, SQUIRREL TPB

Written by RYAN NORTH
PENCILED BY DEREK CHARM AND NAOMI FRANQUIZ
Cover by ERICA HENDERSON
The death of Squirrel Girl! Yes, you read that right! Can it be true? Has the Unbeatable really been beaten? And to death, at that? Is this truly the end of Doreen Green? You’ve read comics before, we assume, so yeah, probably not — but there’s only one way to find out for sure! Plus: Witness a fighting-mad Iron Man! Thrill to underwater adventure! And recoil as the world of our fallen hero is rocked by a pesky invasion of Skrulls! Why is all this happening? Who is behind it? And what goals — sinister or otherwise — are they working toward? Prepare for all to become clear as mysteries are laid bare and secret origins are revealed! Collecting THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL (2015B) #37-41.
120 PGS./Rated T …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91447-9

DEATH OF WOLVERINE COMPANION TPB

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, MARGUERITE BENNETT, JASON LATOUR, CHARLES SOULE & RAY FAWKES
Penciled by TODD NAUCK, ALISSON BORGES, JUAN DOE, ARIELA KRISTANTINA, JONATHAN MARKS,
JASON MASTERS, KRIS ANKA, PETER NGUYEN, ARIO ANINDITO, SALVADOR LARROCA, JUANN CABAL & MORE
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
In the wake of Logan’s death, friends and foes alike grapple with grief! As Wolverine’s students mourn, Nightcrawler turns to his faith and the X-Men share stories from Logan’s long history! But what will happen to Wolverine’s body, entombed in Adamantium? As the battle for control of this valuable artifact begins, X-23, Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike step forward from the long shadow of Wolverine’s legacy! Sinister strikes, Logan’s vicious son Daken lies crippled, death looms for Shogun’s Weapon X crew — and Mystique is playing deadly chess with them all! But what is her hidden agenda? Plus: Meet Fantomelle, the world’s most unstoppable thief! Who is Wolverine’s extraterrestrial friend Fang, and what does he want? And can “the Wolverines” prevail in an assault on Sinister’s fortress? Collecting NIGHTCRAWLER (2014) #7, WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2014) #10-11 and WOLVERINES #1-20.
512 PGS./Parental Advisory …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91610-7

MARVEL KNIGHTS PUNISHER BY GARTH ENNIS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2 TPB

Written by GARTH ENNIS & STEVE DILLON
Penciled by STEVE DILLON, DARICK ROBERTSON, TOM MANDRAKE & JOE QUESADA
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
Nobody writes the Punisher like Garth Ennis — and these brutal tales prove it! When ex-Marine Frank Castle saw his wife and children murdered by the mob, he began a war on crime! So why is he trying to rescue a Mafia don from angry guerrilla fighters in South Africa? And Frank faces off against Wolverine as the two compete to take down a bizarre underworld predator who’s cutting off crime at the knees! Plus: Belfast-born Ennis brings Frank face-to-face with terrorism in Northern Ireland. The Punisher investigates a drug ring — and the cops meant to be dismantling it. Frank helps a social worker who has discovered a dark secret beneath the streets…and does a little dental work in a tale drawn by Joe Quesada! Collecting PUNISHER (2001) #6-7 and #13-26, and material from MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE-SHOT #1.
424 PGS./Parental Advisory …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91607-7

MARVEL KNIGHTS PUNISHER BY PEYER & GUTIERREZ: TAXI WARS TPB

Written by TOM PEYER, RON ZIMMERMAN, STUART MOORE, JOE HARRIS & JOHN FIGUEROA
Penciled by MANUEL GUTIERREZ, MIKE LILLY, C.P. SMITH, MICHAEL LOPEZ & ALBERTO PONTICELLI
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
Taxi for Frank! A new menace called the Medallion wants control of every cab in New York City — can the Punisher stop this maniac’s meter before a taxi war erupts, or will Medallion’s mechanic Mr. Badwrench and his deadly Cabattoir turn the Big Apple into a slaughterhouse? Meanwhile, Detective Soap gets a disturbing new girlfriend! Plus: Discover what would happen if the Punisher targeted…1920s mobster Al Capone?! And relive the Punisher’s very first encounter with Spider-Man, from Frank’s point of view! As the holidays roll around, the Punisher has his own Christmas list of who’s naughty and nice! And it’s serious business when Daredevil and the Punisher help the Black Widow face an old enemy! Collecting PUNISHER (2001) #8-12, PUNISHER X-MAS SPECIAL (2006) #1, SPIDER-MAN VS. PUNISHER #1 and material from MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE-SHOT #4.
192 PGS./Parental Advisory …$24.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91633-6

STAR WARS: EWOKS — FLIGHT TO DANGER TPB

Written by DAVID MANAK
Penciled by WARREN KREMER
Cover by WARREN KREMER
Journey to the forest world of Endor for adorable adventures with the Ewoks! Join Wicket Warrick, his friend Teebo and Chief Chirpa’s daughter Princess Kneesaa in colorful capers filled with rainbow bridges and rites of power! Who dares brave the Valley of Evil? Where will the Ewoks land when a mission of honor turns into a flight to danger? And what is the incredible secret of the Terrible Machine? There are discoveries and deadly games in store as the Ewoks face a call to arms, a chase to the end and a fight to the finish! The cuddly stars of Return of the Jedi take center stage in fun-filled stories guaranteed to make you sing “Yub Nub”! Collecting EWOKS #1-5.
112 PGS./All Ages …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91557-5
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE OLD REPUBLIC VOL. 3 TPB

Written by JOHN JACKSON MILLER & CHRIS AVELLONE
Penciled by DEAN ZACHARY, BRIAN CHING, RON CHAN, BONG DAZO, ANDREA MUTTI & DUSTIN WEAVER
Cover by BENJAMIN CARRE
A new direction for fugitive Jedi Zayne Carrick! With his allies by his side — his best friend Gryph, the mysterious Jarael and the former Mandalorian warrior Rohlan — Zayne sets forth on seat-of-his-pants adventures filled with ghost ships, renegade droids and high-speed racers! A death-defying shootout on the face of a comet leads straight into the heart of one of the galaxy’s cruelest organizations: the slave-trading Crucible! Zayne risks his life — and maybe his sanity — to help Jarael face her dark past, but the consequences could be deadly for his crew! And as Zayne’s saga draws to a close, he’ll face what may be his most dangerous enemy yet: the demonic Demagol! Collecting STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #38-50, STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC — WAR #1-5 and material from STAR WARS TALES #24.
432 PGS./Rated T …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91646-6
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

DECADES: MARVEL IN THE ’60S — SPIDER-MAN MEETS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE TPB

Written by STAN LEE, STEVE DITKO & ROY THOMAS
Penciled by STEVE DITKO, JOHN ROMITA SR., DON HECK, JACK KIRBY, GENE COLAN, WERNER ROTH & DICK AYERS
Cover by STAN LEE
Celebrate 80 years of Marvel Comics, decade by decade — and see how Spider-Man became an icon of the (Web) Swinging Sixties! The ever-sociable wall-crawler helped build the connected Marvel Universe we know and love with these early team-ups (and tussles) with his fellow heroes — beginning with his bid to join the Fantastic Four! Witness the beginnings of Spidey’s amazing friendships with the Human Torch and Daredevil — and his first run-ins with the Hulk, Avengers, X-Men and more! Plus: The legendary Steve Ditko unites his signature characters, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #16 and ANNUAL #2-3, STRANGE TALES ANNUAL #2, AVENGERS (1963) #11, DAREDEVIL (1964) #16-17 and #27, X-MEN (1963) #35 and FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #73 — and material from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #1, #8 and #14; FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1; and TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #57.
256 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91660-2

IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION: RETURN OF THE GHOST TPB

Volume #14 in the Iron Man Epic Collections
Written by BOB LAYTON, DAVID MICHELINIE, MIKE SAENZ, ROGER MCKENZIE & KEN STEACY
Penciled by BUTCH GUICE, DENYS COWAN, ALAN KUPPERBERG, BOB LAYTON, MIKE SAENZ & KEN STEACY
Cover by BOB LAYTON
The Ghost is back! As Tony Stark struggles with the ramifications of the Armor Wars, he must convince the world there’s a new Iron Man — and what better way to boost Shell-Head’s popularity than stopping a nuclear satellite from crashing to Earth! Spider-Man helps out against the Radioactive Man as Steve Rogers and Ant-Man drop by! But while an alien spreads horror in orbit, the Rhino wreaks havoc on Earth! Fearsome foes are lining up to take down Iron Man — but will Blacklash, Blizzard and Boomerang help him against the Ghost? And will the most dangerous threat of all be Grey Gargoyle, the Mandarin, Doctor Doom…or Tony’s new flame, Kathy Dare?! Plus: Iron Man stars in the world’s first computer-generated graphic novel! Collecting IRON MAN (1968) #233-244, IRON MAN: CRASH and MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #22-23 and #44.
480 PGS./Rated T+ …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91629-9

CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION: THE SUPERIA STRATAGEM TPB

Volume #17 in the Captain America Epic Collections
Written by MARK GRUENWALD & FABIAN NICIEZA
Penciled by RIK LEVINS, LARRY ALEXANDER, KEVIN MAGUIRE, KEVIN WEST & MORE
Cover by RIK LEVINS
Hell hath no fury! Captain America faces a threat like never before when Superia raises an army of female super villains — from Anaconda to M.O.D.A.M.! The roguish gun-for-hire Paladin lends Cap a hand, but can these two mismatched adventurers thwart Superia’s stratagem? Then, Cap comes face-to-face with his German counterpart, Hauptmann Deutschland. Both men are after the Red Skull — until they discover he’s been killed by Scourge! But nothing is ever as it seems with the Skull. Plus: Diamondback seeks a quiet life — as Cap’s executive secretary?! Bernie Rosenthal returns! Cap takes on Crossbones, Viper, Taskmaster, Jack O’Lantern, Doughboy and more! And journey back to World War II for a fresh look at the origin and earliest adventures of Captain America and Bucky! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #387-397 and ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #1-4.
472 PGS./Rated T …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91620-6

WOLVERINE EPIC COLLECTION: BACK TO BASICS TPB

Volume #2 in the Wolverine Epic Collections
Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN, PETER DAVID, JO DUFFY & WALTER SIMONSON
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, GENE COLAN, JOHN BUSCEMA, KLAUS JANSON, BARRY KITSON, BILL JAASKA, HOWARD CHAYKIN & MIKE MIGNOLA
Cover by JIM LEE
Savage tales featuring atmospheric artwork by Marvel’s finest artists! An old friend’s death leads Logan to Nick Fury…and the Swift Sword terrorist organization! But what is the surprising secret under the new Scorpio’s mask? Then, Wolverine travels to the untamed jungle of the Savage Land — so why is he fighting cyborgs? And which longtime X-Men foe is responsible? When his old foe Roughouse is kidnapped, Wolverine follows a trail of tainted cocaine from Madripoor to Central America — but can the young revolutionary La Bandera help a sick and infected Wolverine survive against Tiger Shark and bring down a corrupt regime? Plus: Logan must avenge an old friend, but can he uncover the secret of the Master Form — without his memories? Collecting WOLVERINE (1988) #17-30, WOLVERINE/NICK FURY: THE SCORPIO CONNECTION and WOLVERINE: THE JUNGLE ADVENTURE.
464 PGS./Rated T+ …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91609-1

DEADPOOL CLASSIC VOL. 23: MERCS FOR MONEY TPB

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Penciled by SALVA ESPIN, IBAN COELLO & BRIAN LEVEL
Cover by IBAN COELLO
When Deadpool cashes in by franchising out his look, Stingray, Masacre, Solo, Foolkiller, Terror and Slapstick suit up as the Mercs for Money! But they’re all about to learn that Deadpool is a terrible boss, and the risky missions Wade assigns just aren’t worth the cash he’s (barely) paying! Before long the M4M are revolting, and a new squad forms — with Domino calling the shots! Then, remember back during the original Secret Wars, when Deadpool found the symbiotic costume that would later bond with Spider-Man? No? Well, the costume remembers — and months later when Spidey rejects it, the costume tracks down DP again! Witness an untold story from Wade Wilson’s past as Deadpool goes back in black! Collecting DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY (2016A) #1-5, DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY (2016B) #1-8 and DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #1-5.
432 PGS./Parental Advisory …$34.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91604-6

FANTASTIC FOUR: HEROES RETURN — THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1 TPB

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, CHRIS CLAREMONT, RALPH MACCHIO, KARL KESEL, ROGER STERN & MORE
Penciled by ALAN DAVIS, SALVADOR LARROCA, RON LIM, STUART IMMONEN, SEAN CHEN & MORE
Cover by Alan Davis
The Fantastic Four make their heroic return to the Marvel Universe — courtesy of comic book heavyweights Scott Lobdell, Chris Claremont, Alan Davis and Salvador Larroca! And old enemies lie in wait, including the Mole Man, the Red Ghost, the Trapster, Ronan the Accuser, the Frightful Four, Terminus and Crucible! But what does the bizarre Technet want with Franklin Richards? And where does the Captain Britain Corps stand on the matter of Reed and Sue’s son? Plus: The Human Torch and Spider-Man, together again! The Scottish savior Caledonia debuts! Iron Man strikes! Franklin gets a puppy! The Thing contends with Multiversal madness! And Adam Warlock’s opposite number, the one known as Her, returns! It’s an exciting and action-packed era for the FF, collected for the first time! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1998) #1-15, #1/2 and ANNUAL ’98; and IRON MAN (1998) #14.
504 PGS./Rated T …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91623-7

IRON MAN BY FRACTION & LARROCA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1 TPB

Written by MATT FRACTION
Penciled by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Tony Stark — billionaire industrialist, Invincible Iron Man and now director of S.H.I.E.L.D. — faces the most overwhelming challenge of his life. Ezekiel Stane — the son of Tony’s late business rival and archenemy Obadiah Stane — has set his sights, his genius and his considerable fortune on the task of destroying the Stark legacy. What’s worse, Ezekiel has obtained Iron Man technology, and he’s every bit Tony’s equal — except younger, faster, smarter…and immeasurably evil! Then, following the Skrulls’ Secret Invasion, Tony’s entire life has been torn apart. What could make Iron Man the world’s most wanted? Tony’s failing health has made the armor too complicated to pilot, and he has Maria Hill on his tail — not to mention his entire rogues’ gallery, all after the billion-dollar bounty on his head! And things only get worse from there! Collecting INVINCIBLE IRON MAN (2008) #1-19.
496 PGS./Rated T+ …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91628-2

IRON FIST: DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU — THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT with BILL MANTLO, TONY ISABELLA, DAVID ANTHONY KRAFT & DOUG MOENCH
Penciled by RUDY NEBRES & MARSHALL ROGERS with JOHN BUSCEMA, HERB TRIMPE, MIKE VOSBURG, FRANK MCLAUGHLIN, DOUG PERLIN, PAT BRODERICK & JOE STATON
Cover by KEN BARR
Danny Rand, wielder of the peerless power of the Iron Fist, must defend the mystical realm of K’un-Lun — but Dhasha Khan has a plan that will test Iron Fist’s mettle unlike ever before! The warrior-sorcerer seeks the spirit of the Firebird, a woman protected by Iron Fist — but Khan has the Silver Dragon at his side, someone with a deep and disturbing connection to Danny Rand! It’s a confrontation that risks Iron Fist’s very soul, brought to you by master storyteller Chris Claremont and artist Rudy Nebres, whose lush inkwash illustrations convey the power and majesty of martial arts like none other! Also featuring the solo adventures of Iron Fist’s colleagues Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, the Daughters of the Dragon! Collecting material from DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU (1974) #10, #18-24, #29, #31-33 and SPECIAL; and BIZARRE ADVENTURES #25.
368 PGS./Rated T+…$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91627-5

SUB-MARINER: THE DEPTHS TPB

(NEW PRINTING)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Penciled by ESAD RIBIC
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
It is the 1950s, the age of nuclear science, and myth-buster Dr. Randolph Stein embarks on a dangerous deep-sea quest to disprove the existence of the legendary underwater city of Atlantis. But Stein is soon confronted by the growing threat of mutiny within his superstitious submarine crew, and a series of horrific and unexplainable events that test his rational, scientific mind. Atlantis just might be real, after all — and its protector, the dreaded Sub-Mariner, will do anything to prevent its discovery! To survive the black waters of the depths, Stein is forced to question everything he stands for. Writer Peter Milligan and painter Esad Ribic take you deep into the ocean’s secret places — to an unknown world where man’s own fear and guilt drive them mad, and a mysterious manlike figure haunts the depths. Collecting SUB-MARINER: THE DEPTHS #1-5.
120 PGS./Parental Advisory …$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91624-4

GAMBIT: THIEVES’ WORLD TPB

Written by JOHN LAYMAN & JAI NITZ
Penciled by GEORGES JEANTY & ROGER ROBINSON
Cover by SETH MANN
ON SALE MARCH 2019
Ever wonder what Gambit does when he’s not with the X-Men? Join Remy LeBeau in the exciting and treacherous terrain of the New Orleans underworld, where his skills and mastery as a thief are unquestioned! But Gambit’s confidence may be his downfall — and his world might soon collapse like a house of cards! When the reanimated dead leave their graves and overrun the streets of the Big Easy, Gambit is the only person who can save the city from a zombie apocalypse! But he’s got even bigger problems: two women, both heartbroken, both angry…and both demanding his head on a platter! Then, the talented thief faces his most dangerous job yet: infiltrating the heavily fortified home of…the X-Men?! You’ve got to read it to believe it, mes amis! Collecting GAMBIT (2004) #1-12 and material from X-MEN UNLIMITED (2004) #3.
296 PGS./Rated T+ …$29.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91605-3

X-MEN: ONSLAUGHT AFTERMATH TPB

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, TERRY KAVANAGH, HOWARD MACKIE, JORGE GONZALES,
RALPH MACCHIO, JOHN FRANCIS MOORE & GEORGE PEREZ
Penciled by JOE MADUREIRA, CEDRIC NOCON, DAVID PERRIN, NICK GNAZZO, DUNCAN ROULEAU, BERNARD CHANG, ANDY KUBERT, STEVE EPTING, JIM CHEUNG, ERIC BATTLE & MORE
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
Onslaught is defeated! But Professor X has been arrested and mutant prejudice is at an all-time high. Cannonball and Iceman infiltrate Graydon Creed’s anti-mutant presidential campaign, but will their investigation put Iceman’s family in the crosshairs? And what happens when Creed is targeted for death? Plus: Archangel regains his original wings! The X-Men adjust to their new teammate: Joseph, the amnesiac Magneto! Storm comes under attack! The X-Men take on the Brotherhood — but Cyclops’ brother, Havok, is leading the villains! Can Juggernaut escape from the crimson prison Onslaught trapped him in? And with the Fantastic Four presumed dead in Onslaught’s attack, can the X-Men help the orphaned Franklin Richards? Guest-starring X-Factor, Spider-Man and the Silver Surfer! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #338-340 and ANNUAL ’96-97, X-MEN (1991) #58-61 and ANNUAL ’97, X-MEN UNLIMITED (1993) #12-14 and X-FACTOR (1986) #130.
488 PGS./Rated T …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91651-0

THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP: G.I.R.L. POWER GN-TPB

Written by JEREMY WHITLEY
Penciled by ELSA CHARRETIER, VERONICA FISH, TED BRANDT & RO STEIN
Cover by ELSA CHARRETIER
Nadia spent most of her life as a captive of the Red Room, but now this teenage super-scientist is spreading her wings! Hank Pym’s daughter has a lot of lost time to make up for, and she’s determined to change the world. With Jarvis at her side, she’s on a mission to bring together the brightest girl geniuses of the Marvel Universe! But Nadia didn’t count on evil scientists, man-eating giant rats or the lethal lady wrestlers known as the Grapplers! As Nadia’s recruiting drive continues, the Red Room is on her trail — and they’ll pull out all the stops to get her back! Can the geniuses of G.I.R.L. find a way to save her from being dragged back to the bunker? And can the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, help Nadia forge a fresh future? Collecting THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP (2017) #1-8.
184 PGS./Rated T+ …$12.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91656-5
Trim size: 6 x 9

SPIDEY: FRESHMAN YEAR GN-TPB

Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
Penciled by NICK BRADSHAW, ANDRE LIMA ARAUJO & NATHAN STOCKMAN
Cover by NATHAN STOCKMAN
It’s action, adventure and hilarity in equal measure as we head back to high school to explore Peter Parker’s early days as Spider-Man! Navigating your teen years is tough enough, but Peter also has to contend with a never-ending merry-go-round of Spider-Man madness courtesy of the best rogues’ gallery in comics! We’re talking Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Vulture, Electro, Kraven, the Scorpion…and believe it or not, Doctor Doom! But could our young hero ever be ready for an archnemesis like the Green Goblin? Black Panther and Captain America guest-star as Spidey learns the ropes of heroism — but fun time is over when the Sinister Six strikes! Can a lone Spidey defeat his most powerful foes all at the same time? Return to a classic era, and discover what made Spider-Man the world’s greatest super hero! Collecting SPIDEY #1-12.
272 PGS./Rated T …$12.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91655-8
Trim size: 6 x 9

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New Rule: Bill Maher No Longer Gets to Talk About Topics He Knows Nothing About

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Source: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

I’ve been thinking about this since I first read about that Bill Maher blog post within which he calls into question Stan Lee‘s legacy, the intelligence and maturity of comic book fans, and the continued relevance of comic books in today’s world. I’ve been thinking that I didn’t want to write about the comedian who makes a living pissing people off, who’s only relevant in controversy, and that I didn’t want to add another article pointing to his blog.

But then, in a quiet moment, I realized I was a little bit miffed at his words, and decided to try and find the blog post in question to see if he had been ever so slightly misrepresented. He hadn’t been. His words, which a vast majority of comicdom have taken umbrage at will be pasted at the end of this post should you want to read them without visiting his blog post.

Given that this was posted less than a week after Stan Lee’s passing, there have been numerous articles covering Maher’s November 16th blog post and the reaction to it. There has been a lot of vitriol and anger. People have called him callous, attention seeking and irrelevant, but that Maher made such tasteless comments shouldn’t really surprise anybody. In what I understand to be a standard case of saying dumb things to provoke people and get a reaction because he’s a “comedian,” Maher has stayed remarkably true to who he is.

He is, like all of us, entitled to his opinion. And if he thinks that the young adults of this world are basically over grown children because of comics, well, then fair enough. If he wants to casually dismiss the death of a man who many of us hold in extremely high regard (even if he had his faults), then that’s his right. To do so after cashing a paycheck for Iron Man 3 is a bit hypocritical. Possibly he’s still bitter over being fired by ABC, which is also owned by Marvel’s parent company Disney.

But to do so whilst getting some pretty key things wrong? That really makes me laugh. With anger. Within his first two sentences, he has some pretty large, but easily researched, errors – and this is what, I believe, is the source of the anger directed at him.

The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.

Firstly, Stan Lee didn’t create Hulk or Spider-Man alone, and never claimed he did (though there are valid arguments as to how much he contributed, this is neither the time nor place for that). Claiming he did invalidates the contributions of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, two men with legacies that should rival Lee’s, and who inspired just as many as Stan did. Stan Lee inspired millions of comics fans to do a lot more than just watch a movie. A half hour of research would have turned up so many examples of this – whether it be industry professionals or fans like you and I, Stan Lee (and Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) touched the lives of millions across his decades in comics.

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Source: co2comics.com

But sure. Say he inspired us to, I don’t know, go see a movie. What has Bill Maher inspired anybody to do? His career high was DC Cab in 1983. That’s a genuine question by the way, because I’ve never really paid much attention to him before.

Which may also be part of the reason for his blog post. Maybe he’s angry at the outpouring of grief over of Lee’s death, or maybe he wanted to use Stan Lee’s death to further a political agenda against millennials making America dumber. That is, after all, what the majority of the blog post is about. Once he grabs our attention with his casual disregard of Stan Lee’s death, he hits us with a treatise about millennial stupidity, blaming it in part on comics. Because comics are the One Thing that millennials didn’t give up and consequently remained dumb.

And that, my friends, is also a little out of touch.

He also makes the leap that somehow a public that’s interested in comics and comic related entertainment is a factor in our current state of politics. This ignores the history of comics that have been regularly progressive and forward thinking, far ahead of society. From Superman’s fight against political corruption, to Captain America advocating for entry into World War II a year before the US did, to discussing issues like drug addiction, the AIDS crisis, advocacy for LGBTQ rights, and so much more. A society truly into comics wouldn’t result in the election of Donald Trump. Maher doesn’t seem to know that but that hasn’t stopped him from opening his mouth on the topic. But, that’s a regular thing for Maher, whether it’s vaccines, Islam, or his inability to challenge his alt-right guests who he provides a platform (when even tech platforms are deplatforming them). Again, Maher speaks on a topic he knows little about but seems to hold comics impact on a level they just aren’t.

Fewer people read comics than, say, watch sports. Or play videogames. The latter has also seen a surge in popularity over the past three decades, but isn’t mentioned in the blog post. Probably because nobody famous enough in videogames died the week Maher wrote his blog post. But Stan Lee did, and so comics became his target.

Fine. Whatever.

But I don’t need to tell you millennials aren’t dumb. Nor that comics are a form of literature. You know this. Maher doesn’t, or doesn’t care. He doesn’t care that he has the wrath of comicdom coming down on him because right now we’re all talking about him.

So screw you Bill Maher for using Stan Lee’s death as a launching pad for your inane tripe. Screw you for using the death of a legend to try to bring yourself to relevance.

Screw you.

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Source: reddit


The text below is directly from Maher’s blog post. A link to the original post, and the hundreds of angry comments is further down.

The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, “I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.” Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own. Now, I have nothing against comic books – I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys. But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.

But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer. And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it “adulting,” and act like it’s some giant struggle.

I’m not saying we’ve necessarily gotten stupider. The average Joe is smarter in a lot of ways than he was in, say, the 1940s, when a big night out was a Three Stooges short and a Carmen Miranda musical. The problem is, we’re using our smarts on stupid stuff. I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.

Source: Adulting

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