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X-Men Schism #5 (of 5)
By: Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert
It all comes down to this! After years of fighting side-by-side the X-Men are torn irrevocably in half. On one side, X-Men team leader, Cyclops. On the other, X-Men mainstay, Wolverine. Between them lies the fate of mutantkind, and surrounding them, the foes who want to end them forever!Be there for the conclusion of the story that will set the stage for the X-Men universe for years to come, from Marvel Architect writer Jason Aaron and art legend Adam Kubert!
Action Comics #2
Written by GRANT MORRISON Art by RAGS MORALES and RICK BRYANT
In his weakest moment, Superman is taken down – but by whom? And if the world wasn’t ready for a man with super powers, they’re utterly unprepared for the rage of a Superman cornered! The cornerstone character of the new DCU continues his debut adventure!
Roger Langridges Snarked #1
(W/A) Roger Langridge FIRST ISSUE! Roger Langridge is back! The Harvey Award-winner behind The Muppet Show and Thor: The Mighty Avenger returns for an all-new, side-splitting adventure that can only be explained as… Snarked! Journey with Langridge as he pulls the carpet out from under such Lewis Carroll classics as ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’, ‘Through the Looking Glass’, and ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, creating an all-new world of humorous grandeur. Join Princess Scarlett as she and her baby brother Rusty outwit the villainous royal advisors and team up with the infamous Walrus and Carpenter to set sail in search of their father, the Red King, who has been lost at sea for six months. It’s a rip-roaring industry event you won’t want to miss, featuring must-have connecting covers by Roger Langridge and a special 1:10 Thor: The Mighty Avenger homage variant, by fan-favorite Chris Samnee!
Avengers 1959 #1 (of 5)
Written and Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN Cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF NEW AVENGERS… It’s the tail end of the fabulous fifties. NICK FURY and his AVENGERS roar into their secret mission, hunting down NAZI SUPER VILLAINS…men and women relentlessly preparing to unleash hell on a troubled world barely holding onto peace…only to find the Avengers have what appears to be serious competition in their manhunt for these escaped ubermenschen…when their mission is suddenly compromised by interference from an unlikely source.
Detective Comics #2
Written by TONY S. DANIEL Art by TONY S. DANIEL and RYAN WINN
Batman sets his sights on the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who’s visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings – while also trying to uncover Bruce’s own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks, the author of the determinedly straight-faced parody The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), returns in all seriousness to the zombie theme for his second outing, a future history in the style of Theodore Judson’s Fitzpatrick’s War. Brooks tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts “as told to the author” by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus.
Swamp Thing #2
Written by SCOTT SNYDER Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Alec Holland thought he knew the history of the Swamp Thing – but he was wrong. The creature’s roots run deeper than he knows, and the Parliament of Trees intends to make him understand the responsibility he wants so desperately to avoid! With this issue, the mythology of the Swamp Thing branches out in ways you never saw coming – don’t miss it!
By: Jeff Parker, Kev Walker, Joe Quinones
Written by JEFF PARKER Penciled by KEV WALKER Cover by JOE QUINONES BARON ZEMO RETURNS?! In the midst of their greatest escape in history, will the return of Captain America’s best fiend push the Thunderbolts to making a Devil’s pact with a certain Red Menace? Find out, as the series’ stoic sentries Jeff Parker and Kev Walker bring you FAIL SAFE!
Spider-island Heroes For Hire #1
By: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Kyle Hotz, David Yardin
What chance do Misty Knight’s rag-tag band of street heroes have keeping the wild hordes of infected from storming out of Manhattan…especially when the team members themselves are victims of the plague?And can the squad survive or will this crisis destroy the already fragile ‘Heroes’ concept? Considering what’s coming next month for Misty and her agents…maybe not!
Animal Man #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE Art and cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Maxine’s new abilities continue to terrify Ellen and Buddy Baker, and things take a turn for the worse as Buddy begins a startling transformation of his own that will lead him on a journey into the heart of The Red. Meanwhile, The Hunters Three arrive on Earth and set their sights on the Baker family. The Hunt is on as DC’s most surprising new series continues to take ANIMAL MAN in shocking new directions.
The Savage Sword of Kull Volume 2 TPB
This volume contains over forty-five action-packed stories starring the barbaric Atlantean exile, King Kull! Robert E. Howard expert and legendary scribe Roy Thomas details Kull’s mysterious early life from the time he was born to his enslavement by Lemurian pirates! This tome also includes stories from when Kull was king! The Commorians provoke all-out war with Valusia, and, since their clandestine plan of overthrowing King Kull failed in “The Shadow Kingdom,” the snake-men take a different tact by launching an all-out siege on the City of Wonders!
* This volume includes stories from The Savage Sword of Conan #128-#140, #145, #147-#152, #158, #159, #161, #165, #169, #170, #172, #177, #182, #183, #186, #190-#193, #196-#199, #202, #213, #215, #229, and #230-#233, and Conan Saga #97.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos The Hands Of Fate
If 1966′s Manos, the Hands of Fate isn’t the worst film ever made, it’s certainly one of the strangest; the Texas-lensed oddity, a vanity piece for writer-producer-director-star and fertilizer salesman Hal P. Warren, concerns a family that encounters a supernatural polygamy sect after an aimless drive through the Texas desert. An obscurity to all but the most dedicated “bad” movie fans, Manos was dragged into the spotlight by Mystery Science Theater 3000, which spawned something of a cult following. The Manos set pays tribute to both the film itself and the fourth-season MST3K episode that set off the revival with an impressive collection of extras. The episode, one of the series’ best, finds Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson) and the ‘bots pushed to their limits to poke fun or even make sense of the picture (they are reduced to simply repeating the film’s title during the endless driving sequences), and even Dr. Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and TV’s Frank (Frank Conniff) find it necessary to apologize for inflicting the film on them. Nevertheless, there are some stellar bits throughout the episode, many of which address one of the film’s most unsettling aspects, the sect’s twitchy, goatish henchman, Torgo: Joel and the ‘bots muse on whether Torgo’s weirdly oversized thighs (which, according to Manos lore, are due to his being a satyr) really make him a monster, and head writer Mike Nelson turns up in the closer as Torgo to make the world’s longest pizza delivery. The episode also features the second half of the Chevrolet training film Hired!, one of MST3K’s most well-loved shorts.
The two-disc Manos special edition includes both the original 1993 MST3K episode and the film minus the riffing, as well as a number of solid extras. Chief among these is Hotel Torgo, a terrific 2004 documentary that reveals the disastrous creation and release of Manos through an interview with a garrulous surviving cast member (Bernie Rosenbaum, one half of the “makeout couple”) and visits to the original locations. Hodgson, Beaulieu, Conniff, and Mary Jo Pehl revisit their own tribulations with Torgo in Group Therapy, an amusing interview segment that examines the show’s love-hate relationship with Manos. Both halves of Hired!, complete with riffing (though without Hired! The Musical, a hilarious song-and-dance spoof featured in MST3K’s take on Bride of the Monster), are also included, as is a new feature short, Jam Handy to the Rescue, which looks at the production company responsible for Hired! in an educational film spoof starring and written by Larry Blamire (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra). A brief interview with Hodgson on MST3K’s long history of skewering short films and the original wraparounds from the syndicated Mystery Science Theater Hour round out this stellar, MSTie-must-have set.
Moon Knight #6
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Pencils & Cover by ALEX MALEEV Moon Knight gets one step closer to the kingpin of Los Angeles and uses Ultron as bait. But in doing so he may have unleashed a hell the West Coast cannot survive. Another blistering chapter from the Eisner award-winning team that brought you DAREDEVIL and HALO!
The Spider-Man Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles Spun from Marvel’s Web
Rebooted into a fresh new film franchise (2012) directed by Marc Webb and starring up-and-comers Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and having debuted in its first ever Broadway appearance in March 2011, Spider-Man is back in the spotlight. Reaching out to millions of devoted fans, The Spider-Man Vault will afford readers a whole new look at the beloved “web-slinger”.
This vivid collection of images and ephemera focuses on a dynamic exploration of Spider-Man’s character, providing a complete biography through his development in comics, media, and culture. Further drawing readers into Spidey’s world will be approximately 20 removable features, housed in the sophisticated plastic pages specific to the “vault” format, and printed on special papers to heighten the noteworthiness of each carefully selected piece.
From the classic comics to the big screen, The Spider-Man Vault is a comprehensive collection of art and ephemera that brings Spidey’s back story out of the archive and into the arms of fans worldwide.
DC Comics Presents Batman The Demon Laughs #1
Written by CHUCK DIXON o Art by JIM APARO and JOHN CEBOLLERO
In these stories from BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #142- 145, Ra’s Al Ghul teams up with the Clown Prince of Crime for the first time. Their mission: Destroy the Dark Knight and take over the world!
Rock Iconz Beatles Yellow Sub John Lennon Statue
‘Once upon a time, or maybe twice…’ KnuckleBonz is creating a series of limited edition statues in their Rock Iconz Series representing the characters from The Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine.
With only 3,000 of each statue available, the figures in this series will be collectible and highly sought-after by Beatles fans the world over.
Collectors can choose from statues of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, or Ringo Starr, each in the outfits they wore in the film, or the Blue Meanie.
Each figure is hand-painted, numbered, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
A Bowen Designs Sculpt! One of the Marvel Universe’s deadliest villains, Thanos, the Mad God of Titan, was the self-professed lover of Death and the enemy of all that lived! This ominous villain can be yours as this 7″ tall bust, sculpted by Khurram Alavi, that brings this cosmic threat to life!
Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss
Foss’s groundbreaking and distinctive science ﬁction art revolutionized paperback covers in the 1970s and 80s. Dramatically raising the bar for realism and invention, his trademark battle-weary spacecraft, dramatic alien landscapes and crumbling brutalist architecture irrevocably changed the aesthetic of science ﬁction art and cinema.
Featuring work for books by Isaac Asimov, E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt and Philip K. Dick, and ﬁlm design for Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick, this volume brings together many rare and classic images that have never been seen or reprinted before. The ﬁrst comprehensive retrospective of Chris Foss’s SF career.
“Chris Foss’ name has become pre-eminent among sf artists… He is in love with the monstrous, with angular momentum, with inertia-free projectiles and irresistable objects.” — Brian Aldiss
“[Foss’] creations are real machines, not just an artist’s dreams. They combine the two elements so essential to science ﬁction: realism and a sense of wonder… A medieval goldsmith of future eons.” — Alejandro Jodorowsky
Green Arrow #2
Written by J.T. KRUL Art by DAN JURGENS and GEORGE PEREZ Cover by DAVE WILKINS
Super Hero executions will now be televised! After taking down members of a ‘celebrity’ gang – privileged, decadent teens who buy their powers and stage fights with unsuspecting victims – Green Arrow finds himself in the crosshairs of the entire team! It’s Ollie Queen vs. a dozen thrill killers while the world watches – live!
Fantastic Four 1234 Prem HC
By: Grant Morrison, Jae Lee & Manuel Gutierrez, Jae Lee
Written by GRANT MORRISON Penciled by JAE LEE & MANUEL GUTIERREZ Covers by JAE LEE Reed Richards. Sue Richards. Benjamin Grimm. Johnny Storm. They rocketed into outer space aboard an experimental starship, the first humans to attempt interstellar travel. But a freak encounter with cosmic radiation altered their lives forever, granting each amazing abilities! Now, Marvel’s First Family finds its members divided – their unique powers stretched to the absolute limit, their time-tested resolve pushed to the point of breaking. Each chapter of this quintessential collection focuses on one member of the cosmic quartet as the team’s greatest foes band together in an all-out assault on the FF! Plus: In Grant Morrison’s only other Marvel Knights story, superspy Nick Fury is targeted for death! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR: 1234 #1-4 and material from MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE-SHOT #2.
Monsters in the Movies
As director of An American Werewolf in London and Innocent Blood, Landis is no stranger to horror films. Here, he offers a whirlwind tour of just about everything related to the genre, from the silents to today’s computer-generated imagery. Typical of DK, the book includes thousands of captioned photos featuring Landis’s commentary on the films. Chapters cover vampires, werewolves, mad scientists, zombies, giant apes, atomic mutations, space monsters, and much more. Subsections spotlight actors like Lon Chaney Jr.–this book is extremely thorough. Landis also provides brief interviews with actor Christopher Lee, directors David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, and Sam Raimi, makeup master Rick Baker, and legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen, a wonderful bonus. Verdict: With tons of cool pics and beautifully reproduced film posters, Landis’s volume knocks it out of the park as a superbrowsable overview of the beasties, ghosties, and ghoulies that have terrified us on the big screen all in the name of fun. Horror fans will love it. –Library Journal, August 1, 2011
Justice League International #2
Written by DAN JURGENS Art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN
The United Nations’ new international team of heroes must learn to work together – and fast – if they’re going to discover the mystery behind the giant alien Signalmen who are appearing all over the globe. Can Booster Gold lead his team to victory, or will they fall?
Monsters From The Vault #29
Monsters from the Vault enteres its 16th year with Daniel Horne’s wonderful painting of Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula on the cover.
The issue’s main feature is a detailed examination of both versions of Dracula released by Universal in 1931 – Tod Browning’s version which featured Bela Lugosi in his first starring role, and George Melford’s Spanish-language version that was filmed at night utilizing the same sets as Browning’s version with a new cast.
30 Days Of Night Omnibus
By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Steve Niles (w) o Ben Templesmith (a & c) The vampire tale that put horror back on the map! 30 Days of Night Omnibus collects the original trilogy of stories told about Barrow, Alaska, and its deadly visitors, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. Includes 30 Days of Night, Dark Days and Return To Barrow.
DC Superhero Figure Coll Mag #90 Blue Devil
The ultimate collection for comics fans, the DC Superhero Collection Figurine Magazine brings together DC Comics’ greatest heroes and villains! Official figurines of the characters, both good and evil, are cast in lead, individually hand-painted and numbered to form an authentic collector’s edition. Each comes with a 20-page magazine providing detailed history and background on the featured characters, including exclusive images and interviews. Choose this month from Blue Devil (#90) and Brainiac 5 (#91).
DC Superhero Figure Coll Mag #91 Brainiac 5
If You’re Cracked You’re Happy SC Vol. 01 Early Years
(W) Mark Arnold For over 40 years Cracked was the best-selling humor magazine in the world – if you don’t count MAD! A remarkable and amusing retrospective by author Mark Arnold, recounting the secret origins of the magazine, covering its history with former and future MAD and Marvel Comics contributors John Severin, Jack Davis, Don Martin, Bill Elder, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Al Jaffee, along with Cracked veterans Bill Ward, Don Orehek, and George Gladir. Crammed with creator interviews, rare photos and art and a complete checklist of every issue! A must for comics fans and purveyors of popular media!
Written by DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN Art
Brother Eye gives Kevin Kho the ground rules to their new ‘arrangement.’ New players are introduced to the game as Sarge Steel and Checkmate begin their hunt for the One Machine Army Corp, but O.M.A.C.’s appearance may be short-lived when he faces the incredible threat of Rocker Bonn, the Amazing Man!
Classic Marvel Figure Coll Mag #157 Moondragon
These fully-authorized, hand-painted lead figurines are sculpted by master craftsmen and based on original pieces of Marvel artwork. Each 3 1/2″ figurine is individually numbered, comes stamped with the Marvel official logo, and comes packaged in its own box. The accompanying 16-page magazine provides a detailed history and background on the featured character, including exclusive images and interviews. The fabulous characters featured this month are Toad (#156) and Moondragon (#157).
Classic Marvel Figure Coll Mag #156 Toad
Prince Valiant HC Vol. 04 1943-1944
(W/A) Hal Foster With its stunning art reproduced directly from pristine printers proofs, Fantagraphics has introduced a new generation to Hal Foster’s masterpiece, while providing long-time fans with the ultimate, definitive version of the strip. Volume 4 in this acclaimed series features the stories ‘The Long Voyage to Thule’, ‘The Seductress’, ‘The Call of the Sea’, ‘The Jealous Cripple’ and ‘The Winning of Aleta’.