CLASSIC COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS #7: THE GREEN LAMA 5"tall, Limited to 350 hand-numbered piecesPackaged in a full-color tin box with a small booklet and a vintage-style pinback button The sculpting and packaging design is inspired by the original “Golden Age” version of one of the era’s most interesting heroes, The Green Lama, and echoes the look and feel of his earliest comic appearances.
THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF THE DEPARTURE OF MISS FINCH NEIL GAIMAN (W) and MICHAEL ZULLI (A)FC, 56 pages $13.95 HC, 7" x 10"Come, come and hear of the strange and terrible tale of Miss Finch, an exacting woman befallen by mystery and abduction deep under the streets of London! New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman delivers another stunning hardcover graphic novel with longtime collaborator Michael Zulli (Creatures of the Night; The Sandman). This “mostly true story” combines the author’s trademark magic realism with Zulli’s sumptuous paintings, and has been newly rewritten for this hardcover. Join a group of friends, with the stern Miss Finch in tow, as they enter musty caverns for a subterranean circus spectacle called “The Theatre of Night’s Dreaming.” Come inside, get out of the pounding rain, and witness this strange world of vampires, ringmasters, illusions, and the Cabinet of Wishes Fulfill’d. This is the first comics adaptation of his popular story "The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch," which saw print only in the U.K. edition of Gaiman's award-winning work Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions and was recently interpreted for his Speaking in Tongues CD.
FEAR AGENT: THE LAST GOODBYE #3 RICK REMENDER (W), TONY MOORE (P), ANDE PARKS (I), and LEE LOUGHRIDGE (C)
GLENN BARR’S 11" HELL’S PROPRIETOR VINYL FIGURE Glenn Barr’s the Hell’s Proprietor vinyl figure. Available in two colors and standing 11" tall, Hell’s Proprietor has made an appearance in many of Barr’s paintings and sketches.
SIGNAL TO NOISE SECOND EDITION NEIL GAIMAN (W) and DAVE MCKEAN (A)FC, 96 pages $24.95, HC, 8 ½" x 11"
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean present their masterpiece in a completely remastered and redesigned edition overflowing with bonus material! Serialized in The Face in 1989, expanded and revised into a graphic novel in 1992, and adapted for radio in 2000, Signal to Noise has never stopped evolving. The bonus material in this first-time hardcover edition captures every leg of the journey, including three related short stories unseen in nearly two decades, an additional chapter created for the CD release of the radio drama, and a new introduction by Dave McKean along with the original by Jonathan Carrol and the radio drama introduction by Neil Gaiman.
Lee: This must be Gaimen month because this looks like another great release. McKean’s art is always a sight to behold.
HARVEY COMICS CLASSICS VOLUME 2: RICHIE RICH SID JACOBSON (W), WARREN KREMER (W), STEVE MUFFATTI (A), and ERNIE COLON (A)FC, 480 pages $19.95TPB, 7" x 10"This mega compilation of the essential Richie collects his earliest and most substantial stories for the first time ever. Contains over one hundred of the very best of The Poor Little Rich Boy, from the beginning of the series in 1953 through the classic years of the mid-1960s. Reproduced from the crisp black-and-white printer’s proofs and original artwork from the old Harvey archives, along with sixty-four pages of color meticulously restored from the original comic book pages.
STAR WARS OMNIBUS: TALES OF THE JEDI VOLUME 1 FC, 440 pages, $24.95, TPB, 6" x 9"Discover the earliest known stories of the Jedi and the Sith in this massive collection! Containing the Tales of the Jedi stories “The Golden Age of the Sith,” “The Fall of the Sith Empire,” “Knights of the Old Republic,” and “The Freedon Nadd Uprising,” this humongous omnibus is the ultimate introduction to the ancient history of the Star Wars universe!
Lee: Over 400 pages for only $24.95! AND, all color. Gotta love that the Essential format is alive and well. A must for a Star Wars fan.
EMILY THE STRANGE #1: THE DEATH ISSUE Written by Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner and Cosmic Debris, art by Buzz Parker and Stan Hill.
. . . and in the end, everybody dies! Actually, not just in the end -- they also die in the beginning and in the middle, and in all the pages in between. This is the Death issue, after all, and this is Emily the Strange we're talking about -- the black-haired girl from the underground who's taking the world by storm. Emily isn't afraid of much, and this is the issue where she proves that by going face-to-face with death itself. Now she's dying to tell you all about it. 48 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on August 22.
Jim: I’m not sure why these seems so appealing to me, but it is. I will probably check it out.
Lee: Let’s see, this appeals to you???? Couldn’t have anything to do with the age thing and your own proximity to death could it???? Makes a person wonder. I believe this is targeted to fan of Ed Gorey… Always interesting.
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE #1 (of 6) GERARD WAY (W), GABRIEL BÁ (A), DAVE STEWART (C), and JAMES JEAN (Cover)Once, the Umbrella Academy was unstoppable. Under the tutelage of their guardian and mentor, Dr. Reginald Hargreeves, its members spent their childhoods fighting evil and honing their extraordinary gifts. Until something went terribly wrong. Now, nine years later, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy are reunited by the death of the only parent they’ve ever known and the rise of a new and terrible threat. Will they be able to overcome their history for long enough to save the world—one more time?
Conceived and written by Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance, Umbrella Academy features interior art by Eisner Award-nominated artist Gabriel Bá (De:Tales), colors by Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, and covers by multiple-Eisner Award-winning painter James Jean (Fables).
Lee: There was a sample story in the DH FCBD book and it was interesting. It appears to be very reminiscent of Morrison’s Doom Patrol with very odd characters in very odd situations. The art will be great but I wonder about the author, Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance.
BONDS #1 (of 3) story, art & cover DURWIN TALONFaith Warner is an up and coming cellist leading a seemingly perfect life until the night she loses her father to an assassin’s bullet. So when Faith discovers she has the opportunity to use long dormant magical abilities to exact her revenge, she takes it. Her path of retribution is a bloody one. To become an instrument of vengeance, she must sever the bonds of her happiness… and sacrifice her future. BONDS is by DURWIN TALON, artist on BATMAN: OFFICER DOWN. For more information and preview pages visit… http://informatics.iupui.edu/news/story.php?id=510
Lee: This looks really nice and sounds interesting too. I am intrigued that Talon is an associate professor, Indiana University School of Informatics, New Media program. I wonder if that will make the book more “artsy”.
CASANOVA #8 story MATT FRACTION art FABIO MOONAn all-new storyline drawn by the stunning Fábio Moon ignites here as CASANOVA returns with the perfect jumping-on point for new readers.
ELEPHANTMEN: HIP FLASK Jigsaw puzzle Art LADRÖNN, 1000 PIECESBecause you demanded it -- the first HIP FLASK
KILLING GIRL #1 (of 5) story by GLEN BRUNSWICKart & cover by FRANK ESPINOSA
What if the Mafia had their own secret service...? Sara doesn’t remember her real name. What she does know is that she traded away misery as a former prostitute and became a world-class killing machine.
THE SURREAL ADVENTURES OF EDGAR ALLAN POO OGN
story DWIGHT L. MACPHERSON art THOMAS BOATWRIGHTcover DAVID HARTMAN Edgar Allan Poe just lost everything. His dead wife is haunting him in his dreams, his latest book has bombed, and the imagination that fueled his stories has become a curse. His prayer to never dream again is answered one evening as he falls asleep in an outhouse. His discarded creativity takes the form of his dream child, Edgar Allan Poo, who must now undergo a strange odyssey through the poet's troubled mind.
STRAY TOASTERS TP story, art & cover BILL SIENKIEWICZ224 PAGES, $24.99 Locked up for a crime he didn't commit, burnt out detective Egon Rustemagick is released from a high security mental institution in order to catch a serial-killing monster who is murdering and mutilating housewives and young children. Thus STRAY TOASTERS, the legendary seminal graphic novel written and painted by one of the world's most innovative and influential comic book artists, BILL SIENKIEWICZ. STRAY TOASTERS, a full-color definitive annotated volume, showcases SIENKIEWICZ at the top of his game. Contains new cover, cover gallery and a few surprises.
Bon Jovi (Jon + Richie) 1 page- Jon Bon Jovi Item - Richie Sambora item As they say, “100 million Bon Jovi fans can’t be wrong.”
Lee: OOOHHHH. McFarlane, not to be outdone by those cheap Iron Maiden action figures comes out with these!!! I CAN’T WAIT. Well, maybe I can wait alittle longer, BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT. I can put Mr. Jovi on the shelf right next to Eddie from Iron Maiden, leave for an hour and see which one has “suddenly fallen off the shelf!” Mr. J gonna give Eddie a taste of some Bad Medicine!!! ROCK ON BAY-BEEEEEEE!!!!
SORROW #1 (of 4) story RICK REMENDER & SETH PECK art FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLAcover KIERON DWYER 32 PAGES BW $2.99 In 1952, the U.S. Government’s nuclear testing killed all of the good people of Sorrow, Nevada. Today, the sign in front of town reads “population zero”. The locals, however, will tell you a very different story... When a car accident strands four young travelers in this desolate ghost town, they soon find that not all that is buried is dead. A modern take on the classic ghost story SORROW mingles the psychological terror of The Exorcist with the eerie dread of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks to inspire fear in the most hardened of horror fans.
Jim: Fear Agent’s Rick Remender and a co-writer tackle a horror story. Rick Remender and good premise equals another book for me to try out.
Lee: We shall see. It sounds interesting but the hype seems to talk of all sorts of other great projects. Maybe if it were zombies….
STEVE NILES’ STRANGE CASES #1 (of ???) concept STEVE NILESstory by DAN WICKLINEart by DAVID HARTMAN 32 page FC $2.99 “THE GATHERING”The greatest monster hunters in the world are called to Holcomb Manor to hear an offer they may not live long enough to refuse. From the mind of horror master Steve Niles along with writer Dan Wickline (30 Days of Night, Unravel) and artist David Hartman (Rob Zombie’s American Witch) comes the first part of the multi-format collaboration with D2C
Jim: I like Steve Niles work and this sounds interesting, but I’m not sure how the tie-in to a video game will work. I want my comic to be in and of itself a story to follow and if I have to get a game to understand or appreciate the comic fully, then count me out.
Lee: Game comics never seem to work. And Niles didn’t write this… only the concept. I agree with Jim. A pass.
Lee: Well, I might not have been impressed with Marvel or DC this month but Dh/Image really elevated their offerings. The month looks good!! AND, even though 100 million Jovi fans may not be wrong but they can still be mullet haired geeks.