August 2016 PREVIEWS Pre-Order Picks: Aftershock, Albatross, Archie

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is the third consecutive month where we take a look at the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight the books we feel should be added to your pre-order list.  In order to keep the list as short as possible (Just imagine how tough that can be!), we focus on new titles or first volume collections only.  

Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to help prevent shortages or overstocks.  Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they need you to tell them what you want to see. Please give it a try.

 Pick up a copy of the August PREVIEWS at your local comic shop, or visit the online catalog at  Then give your local comic store the list of what you want to pre-order for October 2016. We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.


SHIPWRECK  #1: Writer Warren Ellis. Artist Phil Hester. RATING 15+.  With Ellis at the helm and Hester on art, I’m onboard even though we know the ship crashes. Sounds like a great blend of science fiction, survival, mystery and a quest. Page 254 in the PREVIEWS catalog.


From the Aftershock web page:  “Dr Jonathan Shipwright, sole survivor of a very unusual and very secret shipwreck, doesn’t know where he is.  Seemingly trapped on an endless road, in pursuit of a saboteur who hold the key to his salvation — or doom.  Industry legend Warren Ellis joins AfterShock comics with this mysterious and captivating tale full of shock, secrets and surprises. The exploratory mission called “Janus” was part of a broader U.S. Air Force initiative called “Forward Escape”.  Using a technology Shipwright created called the “Approver”, the Janus vehicle is sent to a parallel Earth. It crashes, and everyone dies except Shipwright.  Now he’s on an endless quest to learn the truth of what happened to him from the handful of people tracking him for their own reasons."


SPOOKHOUSE #1:  Writer/Artist Eric Powell.  Powell has an appealing story-telling style and his clever art recalls the early days of Mad Magazine.  Can’t wait to see what he does with a book intended for younger readers. Page 268 in the PREVIEWS catalog.

From the PREVIEWS catalog:  “Eric Powell presents the first issue of an all new anthology series of scary camp fire tales for kids."




ARCHIE MEETS THE RAMOSE ONE-SHOT:  Writer Alex Segura. Artist Matthew Rosenberg / Gisele Lagace.  We love the Ramones. Any comic book featuring them is one that we want to read!

From the PREVIEWS catalog:  “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!  America’s favorite teens cross paths with the original NYC punks in this extra-sized one-shot spectacular that is not to be missed!

When the Archies tank at the Riverdale High School Battle of the Bands, a magical twist of fate send them hurtling into the past and face-to-face with none other than the Ramones!  Can the legendary punks get the Archies to realize their own rock n’ roll potential and find their way home?

Probably not, but it’ll be a blitzkrieg bop of a journey, as the two bands bounce from 53rd and 3rd to Rockaway Beach in this must read cross over from the writers of the best-selling ARCHIE MEETS KISS and WE CAN NEVER GO HOME with jaw-dropping beautiful art from Gisele Lagace."


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