Hello everyone! We have a bunch of cool stuff lined up this week so let’s get into it.
There’s a good chance that at some point you’ve read something edited by Karen Berger. As the driving force behind the Vertigo imprint, she has oversaw some of the most critically acclaimed comic series from the 80’s and 90’s. Now she’s back with a new round of titles under the Dark Horse umbrella, the first of which is this week’s Hungry Ghosts, a horror anthology title written by Anthony Bourdain (you better belive there are chefs in this book). You can read more about Berger’s plans for the Berger Books line in an interview here.
Young Animal fans have been starved of content recently, but the drought is over! Not only are the Doom Patrol, Mother Panic, and the rest returning to the shelves, but they’re crossing over with the Justice League! You can read all about the Milk Wars crossover here, along with some art from the series.
Hey you know what? Vertigo is still publishing books! And this week’s new series Motherlands looks really cool! Multiple dimensions, super criminals, celebrity bounty- hunters…sounds like a comic book! DC is also continuing the roll out of new characters with the week’s Silencer #1. I like John Romita Jr, and if he wants to draw reluctant hit-women that’s fine with me. You can check out some pages from Silencer #1 right here.
On the trade side, we have a couple of standouts. The first is an original graphic novel from Black Mask called Eternal. I’m a sucker for Viking books and when they’re this well-drawn it’s a slam dunk. You can check out what I’m talking about right here.
One my favorite series from last year comes out in a trade paperback this week! When I had issues of this series available I pushed them hard. If you were the lucky recipient of my enthusiasm you can probably I’m talking about Kill the Minotaur. What a great monster book! This series was a very clever re-imagining of Theseus, Crete, and the Minotaur…with a horror twist. It’s very imaginative, with solid art and pacing. I kept thinking in the early issues that it would make a great movie….and then Universal announced they were making a movie! So come join the cool kids that new all about how great Kill the Minotaur was before the movie comes out.
Lastly, we will have guest Darin Henry at the Culver store this Wednesday from 11:30 to 1:30 to tell you all about Sitcomics, a new publisher with interesting ideas about distribution and the way we read comics. You can check out what Sitcomics is all about in an interview with Darin here and you can read some off the comics at their website here.
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New and Noteworthy Comics
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Hungry Ghosts #1 (of 4)
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles-where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings-and prays to survive the challenge. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food. First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly. Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope.
JLA Doom Patrol Special #1 Part 1 of Milks Wars!
“MILK WARS” part one! Welcome to the un-event of the year! Kicking off a line-wide adventure, DC’s Young Animal collides with the DC Universe to bring you a different kind of crossover. The Doom Patrol has discovered that an interdimensional corporation called RetCo has been stealing stories, reconfiguring them and repackaging them for new markets. Our gang of misfit heroes have felt the touch of this nefarious company, and it has already started to change them. Even scarier, though, is how deeply RetCo has embedded itself into current continuity, using the radioactive milk of psychic cows to quell the more dangerous impulses of the Justice League and turn them into heroes safe for the masses. And to kick this off, RetCo has gone all the way to the top. Meet Milkman Man, heretofore unknown final son of Krypton, who was sent to our planet to save him from the destruction of his homeworld, only to be adopted by an evil dairy farmer and raised to love all things dairy! Co-plotted by Steve Orlando and Gerard Way, with art by ACO (MIDNIGHTER), this extra-sized special starts “Milk Wars” with a splash! Plus, who is Eternity Girl, and how does she connect to this whole scheme? A special four-part back-up feature by Magdalene Visaggio (Kim and Kim) and Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) begins here.
Motherlands #1 (of 6)
In a crazed future where unhinged technologies and interconnected parallel Earths have given rise to a spectacular class of super-criminal, the most beloved celebrities aren’t actors or rock stars, but the bounty hunters who traverse an exotic multiverse in search of impossible prey! But when the spotlight-shunning, strait-laced tracer known as Tab finds herself in an ultra-violent race for her greatest prize yet, she’s forced to work with her greatest enemy, the only person capable of IDing him: her own elderly, overbearing and hypercritical mother, who was once the most fabulous and celebrated bounty hunter of them all.
A sci-fi action comedy blacker than dragon s***, MOTHERLANDS is the dimension-hopping, criminal-blasting story of two extraordinary women written by Si Spurrier (SUICIDE SQUAD, The Spire) with art by Rachael Stott (Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, Sex Criminals).
“CODE OF HONOR” part one! She’s one of the DC Universe’s deadliest assassins…and you’ve never heard of her. Super-strong, highly trained, armed with devastating and stealthy meta-human abilities, the Silencer is virtually invincible. Or at least she was. After decades as Leviathan’s chief assassin, Honor Guest put in her time and managed to get out with her skin intact. Now she lives a normal life with a normal family in a normal house on a normal street. But the past has come back to haunt her in the form of her old employer and a deadly new mission…and Talia Al Ghul won’t take no for an answer.
Dark Nights Metal #5 (of 6)
The Justice League faces the final extinguishing of our world, invaded on all sides by unimaginable nightmares, fueled on to the edge of oblivion only by the belief that there must be a light in the endless darkness-somewhere. But…what if there’s not?
Graphic Novel Highlights
Inhumans vs X-Men TP
(W) Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire (A) Kenneth Rocafort, Javi Garron (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu
The X-Men and Inhumans have been on a collision course ever since the link was proven between the Inhumans’ precious Terrigen Mist and the sickness and death afflicting mutants worldwide. And when the Beast discovers that mutantkind has only two weeks left before Earth becomes completely uninhabitable for them, an Inhuman/mutant war is unavoidable! It all begins with one choice, and the world will never be the same! New Attilan comes under attack, and the Inhumans won’t surrender without a fight – but when the X-Men target the Terrigen cloud, will that mean the end of the line for the entire Inhuman legacy? Karnak vs. Fantomex! Emma Frost vs. Medusa! The NuHumans vs. Magneto! IVX delivers sensational set pieces and gargantuan grudge matches that promise to shatter the Marvel Universe as you know it! Collecting IVX #0-6.
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(W) Eric Zawadzki, Ryan Lindsay (A) Eric Zawadzki
A group of isolated shieldmaidens protect their village against a tide of men who think they can take their land land from them. Vif takes her band of women off viking to quell the advances of a loitering mystical scumbag, Bjarte. But some battles rage on inside us long after the field is empty, and some opponents won’t ever stay down. Eternal is a haunting story of how vulnerable you make yourself when trying to protect everything around you.
This oversized bande dessinee graphic novella is a love letter to brutal violence and eternal emotions. With hyperdetailed art and gorgeous fluid motion from artist Eric Zawadzki [hot off THE DREGS], this story will be one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking things you will read this year. Written by Ryan K Lindsay, known for marrying emotion to genre in BEAUTIFUL CANVAS and the award winning NEGATIVE SPACE, this self-contained story is aimed to be a boutique item for your shelves, and a gateway gift to others you know and love.
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Kill the Minotaur TP
Athens lost the war to Crete. Now, they pay tribute to King Minos by sacrificing their best citizens to his unearthly labyrinth. Conspirators believe Theseus can be the hero they need, who can end the mad king’s bloody reign…but no one on this world has ever encountered anything like the savage minotaur. CHRIS PASETTO, CHRISTIAN CANTAMESSA (Red Dead Redemption) and LUKAS KETNER (WITCH DOCTOR) reinvent the most fearsome beast in all of mythology with this horrific tale of heroism. Collects KILL THE MINOTAUR #1-6.
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Divinity Comp Trilogy Dlx HC
For the first time anywhere, experience all three sold-out volumes of the visionary science-fiction saga that refined the Valiant Universe for the 21st century in one stunning, oversized deluxe hardcover! At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that… changed him. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist. How long can it be before the first confrontation between mankind and DIVINITY begins?
From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes the first complete collection of the multiple Harvey Award-nominated series that Entertainment Weekly calls “a mind bending battle for the ages”! Collecting DIVINITY #1-4, DIVINITY II #1-4, DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1-4, DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1, DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1, DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN & THE BATTLE OF NEW STALINGRAD #1, and DIVINITY III: ESCAPE FROM GULAG 396 #1, along with the never-before-collected DIVINITY #0, and over 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!
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Venom TP Vol 3 Lethal Protector: Blood in the Water
Something sinister is lingering in the darkest depths of New York, and no one is safe! Even the monsters know fear when the world’s deadliest hunter, Kraven, makes them his prey. Their only hope is Venom, a lethal protector who can turn the hunter…into the hunted. But with Kraven armed to the teeth and hungry for blood, can Venom hold him off long enough to protect the dinosaur community living beneath the streets of Manhattan? Or will the vengeful, relentless and unkillable Kraven find himself a heartbeat away from adding a new trophy to his collection: the head of Eddie Brock?! Plus: You’ve seen things from Eddie Brock’s perspective, now see how they look from the other side in a tale told from the point of view of the Venom symbiote! Collecting VENOM (2016) #154-158.
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Werewolf by Night Complete Collection TP Vol 2
More howling great adventures starring Jack Russell – the Werewolf by Night! Whether it’s death in the cathedral, courtesy of none other than the Hunchback of Notre Dame, or murder by moonlight at the hands of another lycanthrope, the stakes are high for Jack! He’ll battle the Behemoth, team up with Tigra, melee with Morbius and fight Frankenstein’s Monster – but can he avoid the Hangman’s noose? Whether Jack’s in Hollywood or Transylvania, there’s no shortage of vampires, brutes and other terrors out to get him – but few can match the outright horror of the Soul-Beast! Yet Jack’s greatest fear remains the fate of his sister – can he spare her from his lycanthropic curse and the dread attentions of Doctor Glitternight? Collecting WEREWOLF BY NIGHT (1972) #16-30, GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1, GIANT-SIZE WEREWOLF #2-4 and material from MONSTERS UNLEASHED (1973) #6-7.
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