It’s been a long time since I put one of these articles together the day before new comics are released. I wanted to re-visit this for fun and change it up a little. I’m not going to list every book that comes out tomorrow. I won’t even narrow it down to what I feel are the most popular books (or the most ordered). This will be purely subjective - - books that I am personally interested in. Also, without any other limitations = I’ll list all the books that I would pick up tomorrow as if I had no restrictions on time or budget. (So, my actual list is a bit shorter than this one.)
BALTIMORE: THE PLAY (Dark Horse) one-shot by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
“A mad playwright puts on a Grand Guignol featuring actors that are real vampires. The evil financer of the play makes a bizarre discovery when he finds out that the playwright is a fraud and the true author is a disembodied head of a famous American author kept in a glass case.” By Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #18 (Dark Horse) In my opinion, the single best anthology comic of 2012 with the most value for the asking price. Highlights:
“Captain Midnight strikes! The masked avenger flies into the twenty-first century courtesy of writer Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics, Voodoo) and artist Victor Ibáñez (Rat Catcher). The thrills begin again at the stroke of midnight! Also, the critically acclaimed Alabaster by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Steve Lieber continues in the pages of DHP! * A new creator-owned comic from Ulises Farinas! Post-apocalyptic Pokémon! * Resident Alien returns to the pages of DHP! * An all-star lineup! * EISNER AWARD WINNER!”
EDGAR ALLAN POE THE CONQUEROR WORM one shot (Dark Horse)
A horrifying adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic by comics legend, Richard Corben. A betrayed man hunts down his wife and her lover only to stumble upon a gruesome puppet show based on his life.
HARBINGER #6 (Valiant)
This issue begins a new story arc and introduces some new characters. The covers to upcoming Issues #7-10 feature interlocking images. (See below description) . . . .
“Led by omega-powered psionic Toyo Harada, the Harbinger Foundation is a secret organization that has controlled and subverted the course of recent history. With a secret army of psychic soldiers at his command, no one has dared defy Toyo Harada's plans for the human race – until now. Harada's most powerful student, Peter Stanchek, has discovered the true nature of the Harbinger Foundation and he will stop at nothing to prevent Harada's vision from coming to pass. With a classified list of Harada's next recruits in hand, it's down to Peter to draft the next generation of empowered youth and form the frontline in humanity's resistance to the Harbinger Foundation. Peter. Kris. Zephyr. Flamingo. Torque. Their fight for the future comes out the shadows and into the Valiant Universe when "Renegades" begins.”
HAWKEN Trade Paperback (IDW)
Collects the first set of the weird west tale by artist Tim Truman and witten with his son.
“Scalp-hunter, raider, killer-for- hire: Kit Hawken has been a bad man for most of his long life. Scalped, tortured, and left for dead by the mysterious order called The Ring, Hawken returns, seeking vengeance...
HELLRAISER #20 (Boom!)
“FINAL ISSUE! IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS! While Harry D’Amour and the Female Cenobite try to rein in the escaped Hellions, a revelation about Elliott Spencer’s past gives Kirsty Cotton a chance to succeed where the world’s military might has failed. Clive Barkers’ newest chapter of the Hellraiser saga comes to its shocking conclusion.”
JUDGE DREDD #1 (IDW)
“In the 22nd century, crime runs rampant in Mega-City One, home to over 400 million citizens, robots, criminals and lunatics. The only line of defense between anarchy and chaos are… the Judges. And Judge Dredd is the toughest of them all. In this, Judge Dredd’s 35th anniversary year, IDW is proud to re-introduce Judge Dredd to America in this all-new ongoing series.”
STEED AND MRS PEEL #3 (Boom!)
“John Steed & Emma Peel are not fooled by the con the new Hellfire Club has pulled over Parliament and the leaders of the UK -- but will they live long enough to do anything about it? Mark Waid (IRREEDEEMABLE, DAREDEVIL), Caleb Monroe (BATMAN 80 PAGE GIANT, ICE AGE) and Steve Bryant (ATHENA VOLTAIRE) bring us “A Very Civil Armageddon”! “
STITCHED GRAPHIC NOVEL VOLUME 1 (Avatar)
Garth Ennis writes with fantastic art by Mike Wolfer. I’m collecting this is single issues. This first volume in trade paperback is a great starting point for others. American soliders survive a helicopter crash in Afganistan and struggle across the Taliban invested mountains, trying to hold off the murderous undead now powered by supernatural forces. Gritty, gory, and scary.
X-0 MANOWAR #7 (VALIANT)
“ Ninjak is still stealing the show over in X-O Manowar #7 by Robert Venditti and Lee Garbett. This is an arc that keeps raising the stakes higher and higher with each passing issue and, trust me, this is where that momentum start paying off in a big, big way. Plus, for anyone out there who's seen Skyfall, pay close attention to this issue's second half... “