Pulp Fiction Newsletter Week of 5/16/18

Hello everyone! Lots of cool comics this week, both awesome new #1’s and follow up issues. I had a chance to read both Flavor #1 and A Walk Through Hell #1. They’re both very different but very good. Flavor is an easy recommendation if you’re familiar with stuff like Avatar the Last Airbender. If that’s your jam than you’ll dig this too! You’ll also dig it if you’re a foodie, which I’m not really, but there was enough vaguely Eastern Asian genre tropes to make it a win for me. Now, horror is definitely more my speed and a Walk Through Hell is a must read. Garth Ennis is putting aside his trademark irreverent humor to do something disturbing. I am standing at full attention with this book and the covers for future issues promise even more messed up stuff to come. 

For follow up issues, we have Avengers #2, Barrier #3, Dead Hand #2, Gideon Falls #3, Harley Loves Joker #2, and Infidel #3. I read Avengers #1! And I liked it! If you’re into the movies and looking for a place to dip the big toe, this is it. Barrier at this point is coming out weekly, so if you picked up the first issue on Free Comic Book Day, let us know if you want #2 or #3 put aside for you! Dead Hand #1 was really great! We still have first issues at Long Beach and I still maintain that if you like Brubaker spy hijinks like Captain America Winter Soldier or Velvet, you should check this out. Infidel #3 was the last issue both Max and I got to read early and we both still thought it was excellent. Can’t speak to future issues, but Infidel #1-3 is solid horror comics. See you at the bottom…

Events

Back Issue “Starter Set” Sale
May 12th – May 18th 
Get a price guide and a box of 150+ comics for $20!

Dollar Days Graphic Novel Sale
May 19th – May 26th at the Culver store
Boxes of $1, $2, and $3 books for your reading pleasure!

Weekly Statue Sale!
May at the Culver store
Every week we will have a different Statue sale. This week all Marvel Animated statues are only $50!

Comics Class for Kids w/ Jim Higgins
June 30th, July 7th, July 14th, and  July 28th at the Culver store
Does your kid love to draw? Do they like comics? Then they’d love this class for kids all about making comics. They’ll learn the fundamentals of telling a story in comics form, plus basic drawing tips, information on how to write good stories, and fun activities that will help them learn all these skills. 

Cost: $120 total, payable at the first session. Parents MUST provide their email address and phone numbers. For more info: email the instructor, Jim Higgins, at jim@newsuit.net. Jim has been working in comics and teaching classes for 25 years.

New & Noteworthy Comics 

Click here for a full list of all of the week’s new releases.

Flavor #1

(W) Joseph Keatinge (A/CA) Wook Jin Clark
SERIES PREMIERE! Within a strange walled city, an unlicensed chef discovers a mystery that threatens to end it all. Join JOSEPH KEATINGE (GLORY, SHUTTER) and WOOK JIN CLARK (Adventure Time: The Flip Side) on this culinary epic adventure-FLAVOR-where chefs are the ultimate celebrity and food is the most valued commodity. The high-stakes competition of Hunger Games collides with the lush, MIYAZAKI-esque worldbuilding in this delectable new ongoing series featuring culinary consulting and bonus content by ALI BOUZARI, renowned food scientist and author of the IACP Award-winning cookbook Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food.

Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #1 (of 4)

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Butch Guice (CA) Greg Land
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS DEAD, BUT YOUR ENEMIES DEADER!
As word spreads that Wolverine may have returned from the grave, a handful of his greatest adversaries come together to track him down and put him back there. But the brutal and horrific nightmare that SABRETOOTH, LADY DEATHSTRIKE and DAKEN uncover could lead to even more death than even these vicious killers can handle.

Mighty Thor Gates of Valhalla

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ramon K. Perez, Jen Bartel (CA) Nick Derington
THE LAST GOODBYE!
“The Death of the Mighty Thor” has come and gone. But Jane Foster’s power to inspire lives on – even in the far future! Don’t miss the tribute to Jason Aaron’s epic tale of Thor and the mighty hammer Mjolnir, drawn by rising star Jen Bartel!
And with or without a Thor, the War of Realms continues. As Malekith’s power grows, the realms will fall – and who is left to stop him? Eisner Award-winning artist Ramón Pérez kicks off the next stage of Jason Aaron’s ongoing saga.

New Challengers #1 (of 6)

(W) Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillespie (A) Klaus Janson (A/CA) Andy Kubert
From the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL! Challengers Mountain has returned to the DC Universe and chosen a new team of explorers! Five misfit strangers are given a second chance at life, but only if they obey the orders of the mysterious Professor and execute deadly missions in the most unexplored corners of the multiverse! And if the new Challengers of the Unknown fail…it will be more than just their own lives that hang in the balance!

 

Quicksilver No Surrender #1 (of 5)

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Eric Nguyen (CA) Martin Simmonds
RACING OUT OF THE PAGES OF “AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER”!
•  Quicksilver’s super-speed and abrasive personality have always isolated him, but he’s never been truly alone…until now.
•  Trapped beyond the perception of friends, family and allies, Quicksilver wages a one-man guerilla war against a monster that he’s not even sure is real, to save a world that he may never be a part of again.
•  Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) and Eric Nguyen (OLD MAN LOGAN) team up to bring you a psychedelic survival thriller unlike anything you’ve seen before!

 

A Walk Through Hell #1

(W) Garth Ennis (A) Goran Sudzuka (CA) Andy Clarke
So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…
Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him.
When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares-in a place where the night may never end at all.
A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudzuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer)

X-Men Wedding Special

(W) Marc Guggenheim, Kelly Thompson, Chris Claremont (A) Greg Land, Cresta, Marika, Todd Nauck (CA) J. Scott Campbell
CHRIS CLAREMONT RETURNS TO THE X-MEN!
One of the biggest milestone events in X-Men history is almost here! Kitty Pryde and Colossus are finally about the tie the knot…but what’s a wedding without the respective bachelor and bachelorette parties? Join Marc Guggenheim and Kelly Thompson for two parties that can only be celebrated Marvel style! All this, plus, a Kitty and Colossus story by legendary X-Men scribe, Chris Claremont!!!

Avengers #2

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
• Black Panther and Dr. Strange battle for their lives deep within the earth…
•  Captain Marvel battles death and destruction raining down from the skies…
•  …while Thor, Iron Man and Captain America lead the valiant (yet hopeless) fight against the Final Host of Dark Celestials.
•  And Ghost Rider and the Savage Hulk make brutal war against…each other?
•  Plus, you can’t have a gathering of Avengers without a certain Prince of Lies, now can you?

Barrier #3 (of 5)

(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Marcos Martin, Muntsa Vicente
A very special “silent” issue! This is the first wordless comic ever from either BRIAN K. VAUGHAN or MARCOS MARTÍN.

 

Dead Hand #2

(W) Kyle Higgins (A/CA) Stephen Mooney
“COLD WAR RELICS,” Part Two
Mountain View’s secrets continue to unspool, even as Carter and Renae fight to protect Roger from the outside world…with deadly consequences.

 

Gideon Falls #3

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino
The bestselling team of JEFF LEMIRE & ANDREA SORRENTINO (Old Man Logan, Green Arrow) unleash their most ambitious story to date with this complex and mesmerizing new supernatural mystery series. Norton gets closer to the secrets of the Black Barn as Fred discovers a grizzly new crime in Gideon Falls.

Harley Loves Joker #2 (of 3)

(W) Paul Dini (A) Bret Blevins (CA) Amanda Conner
And in the second and final issue in this two-issue miniseries, the Harley/Joker crime spree reaches an explosive crescendo – literally! Everything blows up – including, perhaps, their relationship…?

 

Infidel #3

(W) Pornsak Pichetshote (A/CA) Aaron Campbell
Following last issue’s devastating events, the mysterious entities haunting Aisha’s home escalate their attacks. As the nightmare spreads to her friends and neighbors, the creatures expose their true natures and long-buried hatreds.

 

Graphic Novel Highlights

Hellboy Omnibus Vol 01 Seed of Destruction TP

(W) Alan Moore (A) Ian Gibson
Comic legend Alan Moore’s highly-influential classic of British comics, presented to a new generation coloured and remastered for the very first time! Bored and frustrated with her life in 50th-century leisure-ghetto housing estate The Hoop, 18-year-old everywoman Halo Jones yearns for the infinite sights and sounds of the universe. Pledging to escape on a fantastic voyage, she sets in motion events unimaginable; a spell on a luxury space-liner, a brush with an interstellar war – Halo Jones faces hardship and adventure in the name of freedom in the limitless cosmos. A galaxy-spanning story, comics’ first bona fide feminist space opera, and the first true epic to grace the bibliography of arguably the greatest comic book writer the world has ever known. The first in a brand-new prestige format series collecting the utterly compelling and groundbreakingly ambitious classic.

Cover Price: $9.99
Pulp Fiction Price:$6.99 (30% OFF)


Dark Days: The Road to Metal HC

(W) Scott Snyder, James TynionIV, Tim Seeley, Grant Morrison (A) Andy Kubert, John RomitaJr, Klaus Janson, Danny Miki, Greg Capullo, Doug Mahnke, J. G. Jones, Carlos Pacheco, Marco Rudy, Christian Alamy, Jesus Merino, Tom Nguyen, Drew Geraci, Norm Rapmund, Rodney Ramos, Walden Wong, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Javi Fernandez, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Rian Hughes (A/CA) Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Batman is hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! Leading directly into the blockbuster event DARK NIGHTS: METAL, this is an epic story that spans generations, featuring DARK DAYS: THE FORGE and DARK DAYS: THE CASTING, as well as classic DC stories that built the foundations of Metal, including FINAL CRISIS #6-7, THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1, plus (from the New 52 era) BATMAN #38-39, NIGHTWING #17 (current series) and more!

Cover Price: $29.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $20.99 (30% OFF

 

That’s it for this week!

– Ryan