Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected AUGUST 2020!

Here are the comics and graphic novels that caught our attention in this month’s Previews!

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From the Previews Catalog #380/381, MAY/JUNE 2020 (for books arriving mainly in AUGUST 2020)…

 

MAESTRO #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Peter David (A) German Peralta, Dale Keown (CA) Dale Keown
THE STORY YOU’VE WAITED DECADES FOR: THE ORIGIN OF MAESTRO!
Almost 30 years after the landmark story Future Imperfect, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David returns to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro – the master of what remains of the world. With astounding art from HULK veteran Dale Keown and up-and-comer Germán Peralta, Maestro will answer questions that have haunted Hulk fans for years – and inspire some new ones. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world’s heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love? Find out here!

 

 

 


VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE #1
VAULT COMICS
(W) Tim Seeley & Various (A) Dev Pramanik, Nathan Gooden (CA) Aaron Campbell
From the internationally best-selling World of Darkness universe, Vault brings readers a brand-new Vampire: The Masquerade comic series, Winter’s Teeth.
When Cecily Brine, a courier for the Twin Cities Camarilla, takes a mysterious younger vampire under her wing, she’s dragged into an insidious conspiracy. Will she be able to escape with her unlife and protect her aging, Alzheimer’s afflicted sister, or will she be yet another pawn sacrificed to the Masquerade?
Meanwhile, an Anarch coterie investigates a mysterious killing.

 

 

ALIEN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY #1
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Cristiano Seixas (A/CA) Guilherme Balbi
En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins . . .
Just in time for Alien Day (April 26, 2020)
Adapted from the original 1976 screenplay by Dan O’Bannon (author of Moebius’s The Long Tomorrow, co-writer of Total Recall, writer/director of The Return of the Living Dead).

 

 

SEVEN SECRETS #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Daniele Di Nicuolo
For fans ofOnce & Future and Undiscovered Country comes an all-new original series from #1 New York Times best-selling author Tom Taylor (DCeased) and artist Daniele di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) about seven powerful secrets – words, wonders, weapons, and worse – with the power to destroy the world. Seven Secrets could destroy the world. For centuries they’ve been locked away and protected by The Order. When their stronghold is attacked and a secret revealed, the entire Order must go on the run. The Order’s youngest member, Caspar has been trained his entire life to protect the Secrets he will never know. Now is his chance to prove his worth – to become a Holder of one of the deadliest secrets in the world. But Caspar has a secret of his own. And his secret could prove more dangerous than anything the Order protects….

 

 

BAD MOTHER #1
ARTISTS WRITERS & ARTISANS INC
(W) Christa Faust (A/CA) Mike Deodato
A nerve-racking thriller from crime writer Christa Faust and blockbuster artist Mike Deodato Jr. (The Resistance, Infinity Wars). April Walters is a hit-and-run victim of life — a middle-aged soccer mom whose inner fire has been snuffed out by her dreary suburban existence. When her teenaged daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances, April embarks on a harrowing mission to find her; a journey that takes her through the underbelly of her suburban community and sets her on a collision course with a massive crime syndicate and its lethal matriarch. Tested to her limits and beyond, April discovers that hell hath no fury like a mother scorned.

 

 

BIG GIRLS #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Jason Howard
When men become giant monsters hellbent on destroying the world, only girls can stop them-BIG GIRLS. Meet Ember-she writes poetry, loves to read, and she’s a 300-foot-tall full-time monster killer! She and the other big girls are all that stand in the way of our world’s complete annihilation! Critically acclaimed artist JASON HOWARD (TREES) takes full creative control as the writer and artist of a tale that’s a cross between JOHN WICK and GODZILLA by way of HBO’s GIRLS.

 

 

FIRE POWER BY KIRKMAN & SAMNEE #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson
SERIES PREMIERE! ALL-NEW monthly series created by ROBERT KIRKMAN and CHRIS SAMNEE! The one who wields the fire power is destined to save the world, but Owen Johnson has turned his back on that life. He doesn’t want the power-he never did. He only wants to spend time with his family and live his life, but unseen forces are at work to make that impossible. Danger lurks around every corner as Owen’s past comes back to haunt him.

 

 

LOST SOLDIERS #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Ales Kot (A/CA) Luca Casalanguida, Heather Moore
Vietnam, 1969. Juarez, forty years later. Three men tied by the war they left behind-on collision course with a new one.

 

 

 

HEDRA
IMAGE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Jesse Lonergan
In a glorious exploration of the comics medium with echoes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Flash Gordon, Chris Ware, and Moebius, a lone astronaut leaves a world ravaged by nuclear war in search of life. What she finds is beyond all explanation.
“This beautiful, intricate marvel is one of the fullest expressions of what can be done with comics that I’ve seen in years.” -Warren Ellis

 

 

HORIZON ZERO DAWN #1
TITAN COMICS
(W) Anne Toole (A) Ann Maulina (CA) Artgerm
A brand-new comic series based on the award-winning game by Guerrilla.
Aloy and Talanah return in a new story set after the events of the game! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new earth. Co-created by one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn game Anne Toole.

 

 

SHADOW SERVICE #1
VAULT COMICS
(W) Cavan Scott (A) Corin Howell (CA) Corin Howell, Triona Farrell
Worried your partner is cheating? Need a missing person found? Gina Meyers is the Private Investigator for you. Sure, she’s a witch who worries that her powers make her more of a monster than the crooks she’s trying to catch, but it’s not like London’s criminal underworld is literally going to hell… is it? Spy craft meets black magic in the shadowy world of MI666.

 

 

LOCKE & KEY IN PALE BATTALIONS GO #1
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez
The impossible, reality-bending keys of Keyhouse have always been weapons of war. In the spring of 1915, Chamberlin Locke’s oldest son, John, is desperate to be a part of the greatest war of all… and never mind that he’s too young to enlist. He means to use the power of the keys to turn the tide, and will tell any lie, and try any manipulation, to have his way. Prepare to open a door onto one of the grimmest battlefields of the 20th century, whose darkness might even strike fear into an army of supernatural shadows.

 

 

FANTASTIC FOUR ANTITHESIS #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Mark Waid (A) Neal Adams, Neal Adams
The first full-length Fantastic Four story ever illustrated by classic creator Neal Adams!
An unstoppable meteor of unknown origin has just erupted from hyperspace–and unless the Fantastic Four can find a way to stop it from hitting Manhattan, millions will die!

 

 

BATMAN THREE JOKERS #1
DC COMICS
Thirty years after Batman: The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Three Jokers reexamines the myth of who, or what, The Joker is and what is at the heart of his eternal battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, the writer/artist team that waged the “Darkseid War” in the pages of Justice League, reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker! After years of anticipation starting in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the epic miniseries you’ve been waiting for is here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. It’s a mystery unlike any Batman has ever faced! PRESTIGE FORMAT.

 

 

DREAMING WAKING HOURS #1
DC COMICS
(W) G. Willow Wilson (A/CA) Nick Robles
A new chapter in the Sandman saga begins with an all-new miniseries populated by faces both familiar and new! One of Dream’s heaviest responsibilities is the creation of nightmares-the beings that haunt our sleep and turn our thoughts toward darkness. In the form of Ruin, the nightmare of catastrophic failure, Dream was certain he’d built his next masterpiece… but Ruin can’t help but live up to his name, sending every situation into a spiral of unexpected consequences. Unfortunately, Shakespearean scholar (and exhausted new mother) Lindy has dreamed of Ruin… and in the process, she’s delivered him unto the waking world! The Sandman Universe is changing-and Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning writer G. Willow Wilson (Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, The Bird King) and breakout artist Nick Robles (Euthanauts) are here to welcome you!

 

 

SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS ORIGINAL HC
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver (A/CA) Rebecca Kirby
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay (World of Wakanda, Difficult Women) adapts her short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” as a full-length graphic novel with writer Tracy Lynne Oliver (This Weekend), and artist Rebecca Kirby (Biopsy.)
Expanding an unforgettable world where a tragic event forever bathes the world in darkness, The Sacrifice of Darkness follows one woman’s powerful journey through this new landscape as she discovers love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any.
This young adult drama challenges notions of identity, guilt, and survival in a graphic novel for fans of On A Sunbeam and Are You Listening?

 

 

ONE YEAR AT ELLSMERE GN
:01 FIRST SECOND
(W/A/CA) Faith Erin Hicks
With revamped art and now in full color, One Year at Ellsmere is an endearing middle-grade friendship story from Faith Erin Hicks! Was boarding school supposed to be this hard? When studious thirteen-year-old Juniper wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ellsmere Academy, she expects to find a scholastic utopia. But living at Ellsmere is far from ideal: She is labeled a “special project,” Ellsmere’s queen bee is out to destroy her, and it’s rumored that a mythical beast roams the forest next to the school. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.

 

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DAY HC
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Jeff Bridges, Isabelle Bridges-Boesch (A/CA) Jeff Bridges
To a whole generation of filmgoers, Jeff Bridges is “the Dude,” but to a more important group of people he is “Dad.” The actor-musician-artist and one of his real-life daughters have teamed up to produce a book to inspire fathers and daughters-and whole families-to find the joy and closeness in their relationships.
Story by Isabelle Bridges-Boesch, illustrated by Jeff Bridges, this is a book for daughters, fathers, and families to treasure all their lives!

 

 

XRAY ROBOT TP
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Mike Allred
Max is a family man seeking a more interesting life. While conducting a new experiment at work the fabric of his reality is torn before his eyes, and a robotic figure appears claiming to be his 277-year-old self. The robot is able to “X-Ray” multiple dimensions and battles a nihilistic entity from another dimension who wants to take all life to its “Pre-Big Bang” status. Max and the robot embark on an interdimensional roadtrip through past and future to take down the “Nihilist” and save the universe!
Collects X-Ray Robot #1-#4 and features a sketchbook section and pinups by Chris Samnee, Greg Smallwood, Tradd Moore, and David Rubín.

 

 

KERRY AND KNIGHT OF THE FOREST GN
RANDOM HOUSE GRAPHIC
(W/A) Andi Watson
Kerry might be lost in this fantastical middle-grade graphic novel, but that doesn’t mean he’ll give up! Kerry needs to get home; his parents are sick. When a spirit in the forest lets him know of a shortcut, Kerry finds himself on a quest filled with magic, self-discovery, and new friends…who may or may not help him on his journey. Will he make it through the forest and get home in time to save his parents? An adventure about fear, loss, and finding your own way, Kerry’s adventure is perfect for fans of Amulet and Mighty Jack.

 

 

FROGCATCHERS SC GN
GALLERY
(W/A/CA) Jeff Lemire
Now available in softcover! A haunted hotel on the edge of reality, an endless bridge spanning an infinite ocean, and a man and a boy looking for a way out. A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. The padlocked doors and barren lobby reinforce the strangeness of this place. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms. When he meets a young companion, the only other soul in this vast, enveloping emptiness, his new friend begs him not to unlock the door. There must be something behind it… but what?

 

 

HOUSE OF X POWERS OF X TP
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Pepe Larraz, R. B. Silva (CA) Pepe Larraz
The next great evolution of the X-Men! “While you slept, the world changed.” With those words, Professor X announces to the people of Earth the new mutant nation of Krakoa. It is a safe haven for all Homo superior, with its own rules and its own language. In return for international recognition, Xavier will offer humanity great scientific advancements born of Krakoa’s unique flora. But the time for integration has ended. Xavier’s old dream is dead – and now a new one begins. Is mutantkind’s greatest enemy the prejudice of humans or the cold artificial intelligences that await a hundred – even a thousand – years from now? Visionary writer Jonathan Hickman (FANTASTIC FOUR, AVENGERS, SECRET WARS) transforms mutantkind’s past, present and future – and sets the stage for the Dawn of X! Collecting HOUSE OF X #1-6 and POWERS OF X #1-6.

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