EDITOR’S NOTE: Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.
Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see. It’s a dice roll for them every month. Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months? Please give it a try. We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view. Not objective, but absolutely subjective.
BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #24: There are not many print magazines dedicated to comics anymore. Granted, there is plenty of information available on the web and much more current. (Bleeding Cool actually began as a website, still posting news daily). From our viewpoint, there is more depth in the printed articles. Or maybe it’s just the bigger font size that we prefer to view rather than squinting at a computer screen all the time. If you enjoy reading interviews with creators and analytical articles on comics series plus some insights into the business of comics, then you should be reading this. The annual Top 100 Power List is always a favorite. This could be the month where you check it out.
From the catalog: "The 2016 Comics Power List arrives in time for convention season! Who moved up the list and who dropped off? Every year Rich Johnston lends his unique perspective on the power and potential to evoke change in the comics industry and the end result is a controversial grouping of everyone who is hot and not. Also in this issue of BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE, Rich Johnston scoops on red hot comics, his favorite comic book related foods, and delivers the snarky editorial you love. This issue will also look at film, gaming, and bring you our Price Guide feature looking at the books that are jumping from quarter boxes and into CGC holders! BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE delivers an in-depth, fun look at the industry, as well as creator-driven interviews only to be found in our print edition on a bi-monthly schedule."
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SONS OF ANARCHY REDWOOD ORIGINAL #1: The earlier series of new stories based on the popular television series stayed very true to the source material, so we have high expectations for this brand new prequel Especially after learning that series creator Kurt Stutter is involved. Written by Ollie Masters Illustrated by Luca Pizzari.
From the catalog: “For the first time anywhere,read the untold story of how a young Jax Teller, 18 years old and fresh out of high school, decides to prospect his dead father’s — and his current stepfather’s — MC, the Sons of Anarchy. The only all-new original ongoing story for fans of the series. Under complete supervision of SOA show creator Kurt Sutter, the story will feature younger versions of all the characters you’ve come to know and love, including Opie, Clay, Jemma, Tig, Chibs, and Juice."
THOMAS ALSOP VOLUME 2 trade paperback The first volume of this story drew high praise from critics. This new volume finishes the story. written by Chris Miskiewicz. Illustrated by Palle Schmidt.
From the catalog: Thomas Alsop is the current “Hand of the Island”, a title handed down from generation to generation. He guards Manhattan from evil, using his family’s prowess for magic. Thomas has a knack for rubbing people the wrong way, but has he gone too far this time? In order to save the souls of the 3,000, Thomas must go to extremes and sacrifice everything he’s built, including his own fame. Collects the final issues #5-8 of the limited series.
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #2 of 6: We welcome the return of King Kong to comics. It’s been too long. We love the creative team on this book. Great writer, great artist. Written by James Asmus. Illustrated by Carlos Magno.
From the catalog: “Two rival civilizations and their Kongs must make a home of the horrors that inhabit life on Skull Island. There is no escape!"