Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected MAY 2021!

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

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From the Previews Catalog #390, MARCH 2021 (for books arriving mainly in MAY2021)…

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AQUARIUS BOOK OF MER #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Afua Richardson
Eisner Award-winning creator AFUA RICHARDSON, the artist of HBO’s Lovecraft County, comes to Image Comics with a visionary new series: a modern retelling of mermaid myths and legends from all over the world. In 1983 Harlem, something surfaces from the haunted lake of Astara’s dreams. She’s plagued by visions of Ancestors, monsters, and Merfolk. What will she sacrifice to finally have peace? This quarterly comic will be accompanied by music for a unique storytelling experience.

 

 

GOOD ASIAN #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Pornsak Pichetshote (A) Alexandre Tefenkgi (CA) Dave Johnson
Writer PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFIDEL with stunning art by ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI (OUTPOST ZERO)! Following Edison Hark-a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective-on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.
“With snappy period dialogue and deftly engaging art, PORNSAK and ALEX have crafted a gripping and authentic crime story from an Asian-American POV. This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”-CLIFF CHIANG (PAPER GIRLS)
“Edison Hark immediately joins the ranks of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade in a smart, classic noir drenched in style and history.”-JAMES TYNION IV (DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH, Batman)
“Like any good noir, a sense of dread hangs off every page of THE GOOD ASIAN, a brittle story that takes place during an unfamiliar time in our history that is tragically all too familiar now in our present.”-BRIAN AZZARELLO (100 Bullets, Batman)

 

MADE IN KOREA #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Jeremy Holt (A/CA) George Schall
A QUICKSTART GUIDE FOR YOUR PROXY
STEP 1: Remove box.
STEP 2: Power on.
STEP 3: Raise your child.
For Jesse, the world’s first true A.I. system, growing up means learning to think outside the box. This exciting new six-issue miniseries will redefine what it means to be a family in an age when biological parenthood is no longer a reality.

 

 

TIME BEFORE TIME #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Declan Shalvey, Rory McConville (A) Joe Palmer, Chris O’Halloran (CA) Declan Shalvey
The year is 2140, and to escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to a better life. After working for the Syndicate for years, Tatsuo and Oscar decide to steal one of their boss’s time machines-but soon find that the one thing you can’t run from is your past.
TIME BEFORE TIME is a brand-new ongoing series where writer/artist DECLAN SHALVEY (BOG BODIES) joins forces with the WRITE IT IN BLOOD team of RORY McCONVILLE and JOE PALMER. Looper meets SAGA in this extra-sized debut issue!

 

 

EVE #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Victor Lavalle (A) Jo Migyeong (CA) Ario Anindito
For fans of Undiscovered Country and Little Bird comes a new adventure series from award-winning author Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer) and rising-star artist Jo Mi-Gyeong (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal) about a dangerous journey across a future dystopian America to save the world.
When the ice caps melted, most of humanity was lost to the hidden disease that was released.
Now, a mysterious girl named Eve has awoken in secret and must deal with a world that’s nothing like the virtual reality she was raised in.
In order to save her real father, Eve must embark on a deadly quest across the country, but she has no idea of the threats that await her – or the price she will pay to restore life to a dying planet…

 

 

BLUE FLAME #1
VAULT COMICS
(W) Christopher Cantwell (A) Adam Gorham, Kurt Michael Russell (CA) Adam Gorham
THE BLUE FLAME is a cosmic hero. The Blue Flame is a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. The Blue Flame is a blue collar HVAC repairman named SAM BRAUSAM. In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame’s identity blur even further. Now, before a universal trial, the Blue Flame must prove that humanity is worth saving. But in order to do that, Sam Brausam has to save himself. Can he?

 

 

HOUSE OF LOST HORIZONS #1
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson (A) Leila Del Duca (CA) Christopher Mitten
A locked-room murder mystery puzzles paranormal detective Sarah Jewell and her associate Marie Therése when a weekend trip on a private island off the coast of Washington goes astray. Trapped by a storm and surrounded by myriad suspects who have gathered for an auction of occult items, the intrepid duo must unravel the supernatural mysteries surrounding the guests in hopes of uncovering the murderer! But all the while, bodies keep piling up, and at any moment Sarah or Marie Therése could be next!
Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson return to the world of Hellboy, accompanied by artist Leila del Duca and colorist Michelle Madsen.
Investigator Sarah Jewell (Rise of the Black Flame, Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness) gets her own series in this murder mystery with an occult twist.

 

 

RANGERS OF THE DIVIDE #1
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Megan Huang
Following the disappearance of the nations’ peace keepers, an elite Commander stumbles upon a team of bright-eyed cadets in need of leadership. The group prepares to venture out on their first mission into uncharted territories. Are they ready to face what awaits them . . . or will danger find them first?
Debut comic series written and illustrated by comic artist Megan Huang. Dragons, mythical beasts, and sci-fi technology!

 

 

BUCKAROO BANZAI AGAINST WORLD CRIME LEAGUE HC
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Earl Mac Rauch
A prose adventure as told by the Reno Kid to Buckaroo Banzai chronicler E.M. Rauch, this tale follows everyone’s favorite scientist / surgeon / entertainer / daredevil as he sets off on a brand-new hair-raising adventure!
The long-awaited sequel to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is finally here! Buckaroo Banzai is a treasured pop culture icon, lauded by “nerd” luminaries like Kevin Smith! This is the adventure that was teased at the end of the original Buckaroo Banzai film! A new novel by the writer of the original screenplay!

 

 

RAPTOR TP
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Dave McKean
A visual tour-de-force graphic novel from artist and writer Dave McKean (Black Dog, The Sandman).
The Raptor, Sokol, flickers between two worlds: a feudal fantastical landscape where he must hunt prey to survive, and Wales in the late 1800s where a writer of supernatural tales mourns the passing of his young wife. He exists between two states, the human and the hawk. He lives in the twilight between truth and lies, life and death, reality and the imagination.
World Fantasy, Harvey, British Science Fiction Association, and V+A Book Award winner Dave McKean’s first creator-owned character is a wandering spirit for our times.

 

 

INVINCIBLE RED SONJA #1
DYNAMITE
(W) Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner (A) Moritat (CA) Amanda Conner
Written by the award-winning fan favorites AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI, Red Sonja finds herself on a spectacular journey filled with pirates, mermaids, princesses, and political intrigue as the threat of two kingdoms hangs in the balance. All this, plus the spectacular art of MORITAT and a cover by AMANDA CONNER and PAUL MOUNTS makes THE INVINCIBLE RED SONJA a series not to be missed! In fact it’s so great, we had to launch a whole new title for it!

 

 

EDEN ONE SHOT
AFTERSHOCK COMICS
(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Dakbor Talajic
Tattoo artist Niles lives his life in a kind of daze. Minute after minute, he muddles through the repetitive moments of his job, his life and his guilt. All that changes when Eden walks through the doors of the tattoo shop. She’s looking for something…different…and she finds it with Niles. But Eden is a woman surrounded by deep mysteries…not the least of which is how and why her new tattoos vanish after only a few days. As Niles learns more about Eden, he is driven to fathomless depths of both love and horror.
A prestige format “One-Shock” featuring top creative talent, EDEN is a harrowing hor-ror/romance conceived and written by Cullen Bunn (PIECEMEAL, DARK ARK, KNIGHTS TEM-PORAL, BROTHERS DRACUL), drawn by Dalibor Talaji? (WITCH HAMMER, RELAY) and colored by Valentina Briški. Be prepared to accompany the notions of love, creation and heartbreak to terrifying places.

 

 

SILVER CITY #1
AFTERSHOCK COMICS
(W) Olivia Cuartero-Briggs (A) Luca Merli (CA) Roberta Ingranata
When a young roughneck lands in Silver City, the gritty, purgatorial metropolis of the afterlife, she must adapt to her new existence, while attempting to uncov-er how and why she died. Her mission is derailed, however, when she rescues a newly dead girl from a mysterious kidnapping attempt, and discovers powerful, kinetic abilities.
Welcome to Silver City, where the sun never rises and nothing ever chang-es…until now.

 

 

MARJORIE FINNEGAN TEMPORAL CRIMINAL #1
ARTISTS WRITERS & ARTISANS INC
(W) Garth Ennis (A) Goran Sudzuka (CA) Andy Clarke
She’s Marjorie Finnegan. She’s a temporal criminal. What more do you need to know? Oh, all right then: all Marj wants to do is race up and down the time-lanes, stealing every shiny-gleamy-pretty-sparkly she can lay her hands on. But her larcenous trail from the Big Bang to the Ninety-fifth Reich has drawn the beady eye of the Temporal PD, whose number one Deputy Marshall is now hard on our heroine’s tail – and taking things extremely personally. Worse still, Marj’s worthless creep of an ex and his even scummier partner have seen an angle of their own in all this, and now intend to use her time-tech to change history for their own benefit. Marj’s only ally? A guy called Tim. And he’s just a head. I mean come on, what use is just a head…?!


HAWKING GN
:01 FIRST SECOND
(W) Jim Ottaviani (A/CA) Leland Myrick
From his early days at Oxford, Stephen Hawking’s brilliance and good humor were obvious to everyone he met. At twenty-one he was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that limited his ability to move and speak, though it did nothing to limit his mind. He went on to do groundbreaking work in cosmology and theoretical physics for decades after being told he had only a few years to live. Through his 1988 bestseller, A Brief History of Time, and his appearances on shows like Star Trek and The Big Bang Theory, Hawking became a household name and a pop-culture icon.

 

 

RED ROOM #1
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
(W/A) Ed Piskor
From the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design comes this ALL-NEW monthly comic book series, with a specially priced, self-contained, double-sized debut issue! Red Room is a cyberpunk, outlaw, splatterpunk masterpiece. Aided by the anonymous dark web and nearly untraceable crypto-currency, there has emerged a subculture of criminals who live-stream and patronize webcam murders for entertainment. Who are the murderers? Who are the victims? How do we stop it? As seen on Piskor’s YouTube channel sensation, Cartoonist Kayfabe!

 

 

MARK SCHULTZ XENOZOIC TP
FLESK PUBLICATIONS
(W/A/CA) Mark Schultz
Welcome to the Xenozoic Age, a post-apocalyptic landscape where dinosaurs roam freely…and humanity is the endangered species! Forced into hiding by a global ecological cataclysm, humans emerge from their underground warrens half a millennium later to discover that the Earth has been totally transformed. All of the familiar flora and fauna are gone, replaced by a radically altered natural order populated by rampaging dinosaurs and strange new creatures. It takes guts, grim determination, ingenuity and a whole lot of old-fashioned luck just to survive, much less thrive, in this alien wilderness! This 352-page Xenozoic book is a collection of all the classic Xenozoic Tales comic stories and features a new cover.

 

 

METABARONS FIRST CYCLE GN
HUMANOIDS INC
(W) Alejandro Jodorowsky (A/CA) Juan Gimenez
A must-read spin-off of best-selling Sci-Fi masterpiece The Incal.
Visionary film director and author Alejandro Jodorowsky is joined by acclaimed illustrator Juan Gimenez for a grand-scale space opera!
The Metabarons chronicles the fascinating dynasty of the ultimate warrior. This collection introduces the rich history of the Metabarons and reveals the origins of their deep-seated principles, their vast wealth, their cybernetic implants, and their most brutal custom: that the only way for a son to become the next Metabaron is to slay his own father in mortal combat. Follow generations of Metabarons as they struggle to overcome the forces amassed against them in a galaxy corrupted by greed, power, and terror.

 

 

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS ALPHA
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Charles Soule (A/CA) Steve McNiven
THE STAR WARS COMIC EVENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
The notorious bounty hunter BOBA FETT has finally landed his greatest prize – HAN SOLO, frozen in carbonite for easy transport.
Fett will bring the smuggler to TATOOINE to collect the massive bounty placed on Solo’s head by the fearsome crime lord JABBA THE HUTT.
Sounds easy. What could go wrong?

 

 

FANTASTIC FOUR LIFE STORY #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Mark Russell (A) Sean Izaakse (CA) Daniel Acuna
In the tradition of SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY, and in celebration of the FF’s 60th Anniversary, comes this series setting the lives of the fabulous foursome in real time across the years!
Amid the backdrop of the Cold War and the Space Race, a terrible accident gives the Fantastic Four great powers, a terrible secret, and entangles them in the history of their planet.

 

 

X-CORP #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Tini Howard (A) Alberto Foche (CA) David Aja
KRAKOA IS FOR CLOSERS!
The deals have been made. Mutantkind is safe on Krakoa. As the Reign of X continues, what are the wants of the mutants who have everything? Leading the charge is X-CORPORATION, headed by CXOs Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington, a duo as cutthroat and ruthless in the boardroom as they are on a battlefield. But X-Corp needs more than just its figureheads. As Monet sets out to staff their team with some of the brightest and most deviant minds in mutantkind, Warren finds himself in a tense meeting with one of Krakoa’s first allies who wants to know the truth: on Angel’s wings, will X-Corp crash or soar?

 

 

MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS AMAZING SPIDER-MAN GREAT POWER GN TP
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Stan Lee (A) Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby (CA) Michael Cho
The stories that built the Marvel Universe, from the brilliant minds of legendary creators – now available in an accessible new format the whole family can enjoy!
The stories that built the Marvel Universe, from the brilliant minds of legendary creators – now available in an accessible new format the whole family can enjoy! When young Peter Parker gains remarkable abilities from a radioactive spider, he must step up and try to become a hero – while also dealing with the fantastic pressures of an everyday teenager! For with great power, there must also come great responsibility! Enjoy these stories of spectacular web-slinging adventure from Spidey’s very beginning – including the tragic origin that started it all; the first appearances of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Vulture and Electro and guest-star nods from the Fantastic Four and Human Torch! Relive the foundation of every amazing arachnid adventure that followed! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #1-10 and material from AMAZING FANTASY (1962) #15.

 

 

WONDER GIRL #1
DC COMICS
(W/A/CA) Joelle Jones
The story of Yara Flor starts here! Raised in the faroff land of Boise, Idaho, Yara Flor has always felt something was missing from her life—and now she is headed to Brazil to find it. Little does she know her arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her return has been prophesied, and with that prophecy comes the undivided attention of benevolent gods from pantheons beyond. Danger lurks around every corner—but is this young hero ready for her journey? Find out in a debut issue you absolutely cannot miss! Spinning out of the bestselling Future State: Wonder Woman, acclaimed writer/artist Joëlle Jones makes a triumphant return to the character to officially introduce her into the DC Universe. You think you know Wonder Girl, but you have never seen her like this!

 

 

I AM NOT STARFIRE TP
DC COMICS
(W) Mariko Tamaki (A/CA) Yoshi Yoshitani
From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire. Seventeen-year-old Mandy, daughter of Starfire, is not like her mother. Starfire is gorgeous, tall, sparkly, and a hero. Mandy is not a sparkly superhero. Mandy has no powers. She’s a kid who dyes her hair black and hates everyone but her best friend, Lincoln. To Starfire, who is from another planet, Mandy seems like an alien, like some distant, angry, light-years away moon. And ever since she walked out on her SATs, which her mom doesn’t know about, Mandy has been even more distant. Everyone thinks Mandy needs to go to college and become whoever you become at college, but Mandy has other plans. Or she did until she gets partnered with Claire, the person she intensely denies liking but definitely likes a lot, for a school project. When someone from Starfire’s past arrives, Mandy must make a choice: give up before the battle has even begun, or step into the unknown and risk everything to save her mom. I am Not Starfire is a story about teenagers and/as aliens; about knowing where you come from and where you are going; and about mothers.

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