Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected DECEMBER 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 #385, OCTOBER 2020 (for books arriving mainly in DECEMBER 2020)…

https://www.previewsworld.com/catalog
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To kick off our recommendations, here’s one of the BEST new comics we’ve read in a long time!!!

 

THAT TEXAS BLOOD TP VOL 01
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Chris Condon (A/CA) Jacob Phillips
Sheriff Joe Bob Coates questions his effectiveness as the aging lawman of Ambrose County, Texas, as chaos descends following an explosive highway confrontation and the mysterious death of local rogue Travis Terrill.
Michael Lark (LAZARUS, Daredevil) calls the series “The best damn comic I’ve read in years.” Collects THAT TEXAS BLOOD #1-6.

Seriously, folks – the amazing Michael Lark isn’t kidding here! Check out a review from our friends at Monkeys Fighting Robots:
https://monkeysfightingrobots.co/review-that-texas-blood-1-crushes-you-with-dread

 

 

RECKLESS HC
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips (CA) Sean Phillips
“Sex, drugs, and murder in 1980s Los Angeles… And the best new twist on paperback pulp heroes since The Punisher or Jack Reacher.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the modern masters of crime noir, bring us the last thing anyone expected from them – a good guy. In a bold new series of original graphic novels, with three books releasing over the next year, each a full-length story that stands on its own.
Meet Ethan Reckless: Your trouble is his business, for the right price. But when a fugitive from his student radical days reaches out for help, Ethan must face the only thing he fears… his own past.
“Imagine Redford at his peak, ambling through sun-drenched, eighties L.A. in a serpentine plot that is equal parts Long Goodbye and Point Break. No one does crime fic like Brubaker and Phillips and their collaboration has never felt more new. Explosive. Vital. And yes… reckless. I love this book.”
– Damon Lindelof (Lost, HBO’s Watchmen)
“Reckless is an absolute rush: on the same level as golden age Travis McGee novels and the hardest-hitting Richard Stark stories. This one comes at you as fast as Steve McQueen in a souped-up Mustang and as hard as Charles Bronson with a baseball bat. You gotta have it.””
– Joe Hill (Locke & Key, N0S4A2)

 

 

STRANGE ACADEMY GN TP FIRST CLASS
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
The Marvel Universe’s first school for sorcerers throws open its doors! The world has mysteriously changed in such an alarming way that Doctor Strange has finally done what he has avoided for decades and established an academy for the mystic arts! Young people from around the world with an aptitude for magic are brought together in New Orleans to study under Stephen Strange, Brother Voodoo, the Ancient One, the Scarlet Witch, Magik, Daimon Hellstrom and all your favorite Marvel mages. From mindful Mindless Ones to pan-dimensional games of tag, the Strange Academy is definitely living up to its name. But the students’ first field trip lights a fuse that is going to blow up in a big way! School’s in session – and it’s going to be spellbinding! Collecting STRANGE ACADEMY #1-6.

 

CAT KID COMIC CLUB HC GN VOL 01
GRAPHIX
(W/A/CA) Dav Pilkey
A brand-new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey, the internationally bestselling author and illustrator of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants series. Welcome to the Cat Kid Comic Club, where Li’l Petey (LP), Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence. Squid Kid and Katydid, Baby Frog Squad, Gorilla Cheese Sandwich, and Birds Flowers Tree: A Haiku Photo Comic are just some of the mini-comics that are included as stories-within-the-story, each done in a different style, utilizing humor and drama, prose and poetry, illustrated in different media including acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, felt-tip markers, clay, hand-made cardboard sculptures, photographs, pipe cleaners, construction paper collages, and cookies.

 

 

EXPANSE #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Corinna Bechko (A) Alejandro Aragon (CA) W. Scott Forbes
* A new limited series event set between Season 4 and Season 5 of Amazon’s hit series The Expanse from Corinna Bechko (Green Lantern: Earth One) and Alejandro Aragon (Resonant)
* Chrisjen Avasarala, the former longtime Secretary-General of the United Nations, has found herself relegated to Luna after losing the latest elections…and she doesn’t plan on going down without a fight.
* So when Bobbie Draper – a former Martian marine – brings her intel on an intergalactic black market weapons ring, Avasarala sees a chance to reclaim her former political position of power through a clandestine operation.
* But as Draper digs deeper into this secret cabal, she soon realizes the threat they pose is far larger – and closer to home – than either of them ever imagined…

 

 

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH MASQUERADE #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Lara Elena Donnelly (A) French Carlomagno, Samantha Dodge (CA) Jenny Frison
* Discover an all-new one-shot story set during the hit film Jim Henson’s Labyrinth from award-winning author Lara Elena Donnelly (Amberlough), along with artists French Carlomagno (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Samantha Dodge (Catwoman: Soulstealer), and more
* All is not as it seems with the guests of Jareth’s famous Masquerade, as one participant slowly awakens to the reality of her topsy-turvy existence in the Goblin Kingdom when Sarah shatters the glass mirrors during her escape.
* But as this mysterious participant puts together the pieces, her discoveries threaten to unravel everything!

 

 

HOME SICK PILOTS #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Dan Watters (A/CA) Caspar Wijngaard
The team behind LIMBO, DAN WATTERS (Lucifer, COFFIN BOUND) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (Star Wars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt), launch a brand-new ONGOING SERIES.
In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band-who’s been missing for weeks. How did she get there, and what do these ghosts want? Expect three-chord songs and big bloody action that’s Power Rangers meets The Shining (yes, really).

 

 

POST AMERICANA #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Steve Skroce (A) Steve Skroce, Dave Stewart (CA) Steve Skroce
From MAESTROS creator, WE STAND ON GUARD co-creator, and The Matrix storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE with coloring by Eisner Award-winning DAVE STEWART.
The Cheyanne mountain installation, aka The BUBBLE, is the most sophisticated super bunker in the world. It was built to ensure the survival of America’s executive branch of government and its most important citizens, should the unthinkable happen. When the world ended, the executive branch failed to reach the sanctuary, but the elite citizenry did. Eighty years later, one of their own has named himself the new President of the United States. His plan? Subjugate the survivors of the American Wasteland using the same bunker resources meant to rebuild it. The only thing standing in their way is a deadly Wasteland girl, hellbent on revenge!

 

 

E-RATIC #1
ARTISTS WRITERS & ARTISANS INC
(W/A/CA) Kaare Andrews
You’re fifteen years old. You’re suddenly granted incredible powers. Cool, right? There’s only one problem: you can only use your powers for ten minutes at a time. What do you do when you have to save the world but you only have ten minutes to do it? This is the problem faced by Oliver Leif, a teenager who has just moved to a new town, and a new school, and is having a hard enough time navigating classes and his crush before the inter-dimensional monsters started showing up.

 

 

PICTURE OF EVERYTHING ELSE #1
VAULT COMICS
(W) Dan Watters (A/CA) Kishore Mohan
As the 20th century dawns, art promises to change the world…and steep it in blood. A rash of impossible killings sweep through Paris, tearing the rich and beautiful apart in their beds. When two art thieves stumble upon the portraits of the victims damaged in the exact same manner they died, it appears the man who once painted the immortal portrait of Dorian Gray has returned-with darker plans for future works. From the minds of Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Deep Roots) and Kishore Mohan comes a haunting balance of depravity and beauty.

 

 

KNOCK EM DEAD #1
AFTERSHOCK COMICS
(W) Eliot Rahal (A) Mattia Monaco (CA) Andy Clarke
Sometimes you kill. Sometimes you get killed. But no matter what, everyone dies the first time they go on stage.
Pryor Brice has always wanted to be funny. And now, he’s taken the plunge and started doing stand-up comedy. Unfortunately, his older sister – Ronan – wants her brother to stop daydream-ing and focus on his future.
Pryor is determined to succeed…the only problem is: He totally sucks at stand-up. That is…until an accident changes everything, leading both Pryor and Ronan to discover comedy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
KNOCK ‘EM DEAD is a supernatural horror about comedy, brought to you by writer Eliot Rahal (MIDNIGHT VISTA, HOT LUNCH SPECIAL) and artist Mattia Monaco.

 

 

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #1
TITAN COMICS
(W) Michael Green, Mike Johnson (A) Andres Guinaldo, Peach Momoko
The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe returns!
It is 2029 and Blade Runner Ash continues to hunt the streets of the rain-soaked dystopian world of Los Angeles for renegade Replicants, but this time she’s trying to protect as many as she can find. Written by Academy award-nominated screenwriter MICHAEL GREEN (Blade Runner 2049) and co-writer MIKE JOHNSON (Supergirl)!

 

 

KING IN BLACK #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
DARKNESS REIGNS!
After a campaign across the galaxy, Knull’s death march arrives to Earth and, worse yet, he hasn’t come alone! With an army of hundreds of thousands of symbiote dragons at his command, the King in Black is a force unlike any Earth’s heroes have ever faced. EDDIE BROCK, A.K.A. VENOM has seen firsthand the chaos that even one of Knull’s symbiotic monsters can wreak – will he survive an encounter with the God of the Abyss himself?
From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin and VC’s Clayton Cowles comes the definitive chapter in their two-year-long VENOM saga that changed everything you thought you knew about symbiotes!

 

 

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #1
DC COMICS
Written by: Various
Art by: Various
The iconic anthology series returns with a brand-new slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black-and-white!
In this debut issue:
James Tynion IV and Tradd Moore explore the world of Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins
J.H. Williams III returns to DC Comics for a trip through the Dark Knight’s history
Emma Rios explores the eternal struggle of the Dark Knight
Paul Dini and Andy Kubert pit Batman against an infestation of ninja Man-Bats in the Batcave
G. Willow Wilson and Greg Smallwood portray Batman in his strangest standoff ever with Killer Croc
With a lineup this strong and a cover by legendary Batman artist Greg Capullo, you won’t want to miss the start of this tremendous collection of Batman tales by some of comics’ top creators!

 

 

BATMAN CATWOMAN #1
DC COMICS
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Clay Mann
At last, Tom King returns to the rocky, romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman with his Heroes in Crisis collaborator, superstar artist Clay Mann!
Echoing plot points from King’s epic Batman run, this sweeping tale is told across three timelines: the past, when the Bat and the Cat first fell in love; the present, where their union is threatened by one of Batman’s lost loves; and the future, where the couple have a happy life and legacy—including their daughter Helena, the Batwoman. And as the story begins, after a long marriage, Bruce Wayne passes away—which frees Selina Kyle to settle an old score.
At every stage of their relationship, Bruce and Selina have an unwelcome chaperone: The Joker!
Oh, and that lost love of Bruce’s? It’s Andrea Beaumont—a.k.a. Phantasm. Just thought you’d want to know.

 

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