Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected OCTOBER 2019!

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

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From the Previews Catalog #371, AUGUST 2019 (for books arriving mainly in OCTOBER 2019)…

 

BASKETFUL OF HEADS #1
DC COMICS
(W) Joe Hill (A) Leomacs (CA) Reiko Murakami
The rain lashes the grassy dunes of Brody Island, and seagulls scream above the bay. A slender figure in a raincoat carries a large wicker basket, which looks like it might be full of melons… covered by a bloodstained scrap of the American flag.
This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man’s neck in a single swipe-and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech.
Each disembodied head has a malevolent story of its own to tell, and it isn’t long before June finds herself in a desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations… racing to save the man she loves before time runs out.
Plus, in the premiere chapter of the backup story “Sea Dogs,” which sails across all the Hill House Comics titles!

 

 

BATMANS GRAVE #1
DC COMICS
(W) Warren Ellis (A) Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowland (CA) Bryan Hitch
The World’s Greatest Detective must try to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case-without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. Can Batman imagine the life of a corpse with a half-eaten face without dying himself?
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships of the modern age, reunite in this maxiseries about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask.

 

 

BIRDS OF PREY #1
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy
Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the ringer and her band is in crisis when an old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set her on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent. The only thing she can be grateful for is the fact that she’s not alone, as Huntress finds herself on a collision course with Black Canary’s quarry at Detective Montoya’s urging. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn has resurfaced outside of Gotham City and out of the Suicide Squad, with a new lease on life that is sure to make everyone else’s life more complicated. And that’s only the first five pages.
Needless to say, the Birds are back in town! With more pressure and higher stakes than they have ever faced before, brought to you by hard-boiled superstar writer Brian Azzarello and the bombshell art team of Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy.

 

JOKER HARLEY CRIMINAL SANITY #1
DC COMICS
(W) Kami Garcia (A) Andrea Sorrentino, Mike Mayhew (CA) Francesco Mattina
In Gotham City, where heinous acts of violence are a daily occurrence, the GCPD relies on Harley Quinn, a young forensic psychiatrist and profiler, to consult on their toughest cases. But Harley is haunted by one unsolved case-the night she discovered her roommate’s body marked with the signature of a notorious serial killer known as The Joker.
Five years later, the case remains unsolved and a new series of horrific murders occur throughout the city. As the murders escalate, Harley’s obsession with finding the depraved psychopath responsible leads her down a dangerous path. When the past and the present finally collide, Harley has to decide how far she is willing to go-and how many lines she is willing to cross-to solve these cases once and for all.
Written by #1 New York Times and international bestselling author Kami Garcia (co-author of Beautiful Creatures, author of Unbreakable and X-Files: Agents of Chaos) with art by Mico Suayan (Bloodshot: Reborn) and Mike Mayhew (The Star Wars), JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY introduces readers to a Joker and Harley Quinn unlike any they’ve seen before, utilizing forensic psychiatry, behavior analysis (profiling) and psychological profiles to create a true-to-life take on these iconic characters that is more terrifying than any psychotic fantasy.

 

 

JOKER KILLER SMILE #1
DC COMICS
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Everyone knows The Joker doesn’t have the most promising history with psychotherapists. In fact, no one’s even been able to diagnose him. But that doesn’t matter to the confident, world-beating Dr. Ben Arnell; he’s going to be the one to unravel this unknowable mind. There’s no way The Joker could ever get through the therapeutic walls Ben has built around himself. Right? There’s no way The Joker’s been entering his house at night…right? There’s no way The Joker has stood over his son’s bed, and put that book in his hands, the one with the, the, the…
The Eisner-nominated creative team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (GREEN ARROW, Gideon Falls) reunite for a psychological horror story where nothing is as it seems, your eyes can’t be trusted and Mr. Smiles is waiting behind the basement door.
Wait, who’s Mr. Smiles?

 

 

LAST GOD #1
DC COMICS
(W) Philip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ricardo Federici & Various (CA) Kai Carpenter
THE LAST GOD tells the story of two fellowships of heroes struggling with the same threat…30 years apart. One group will doom their world, the other must save it.
Thirty years ago, a band of heroes traveled beyond the borders of creation and killed the last living god, saving the realm of Cain Anuun from an apocalyptic army of the undead. The legendary companions became the rulers of their world and ushered in a new era of peace and prosperity. But it did not last.
Now the foul legions of the Last God march once more, laying waste to all of Cain Anuun and revealing that the aging fellowship may not be the great heroes they claim to be. With the world burning down around them, a new group of unlikely champions must band together and accomplish what no other has done: kill the Last God, once and for all.
THE LAST GOD: BOOK ONE OF THE FELLSPYRE CHRONICLES is a high-octane, no-holds-barred dark fantasy epic from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Last Sons of America, Warlords of Appalachia, AQUAMAN) and artist Riccardo Federici (DARK NIGHTS: METAL, AQUAMAN), featuring additional work from Kai Carpenter (BOOKS OF MAGIC), Dean White (ALL-STAR BATMAN, Uncanny X-Force) and Jared Blando (Dungeons & Dragons).

 

 

SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #1
DC COMICS
(W) Gene Luen Yang (A/CA) Gurihiru
The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Metropolis’ Chinatown to the center of the bustling city. While Dr. Lee is greeted warmly in his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to their famous hero, Superman!
While Tommy adjusts to the fast pace of the city, Roberta feels out of place, as she tries and fails to fit in with the neighborhood kids. As the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis: the Ku Klux Klan. When the Lee family awakens one night to find a burning cross on their lawn, they consider leaving town. But the Daily Planet offers a reward for information on the KKK, and their top two reporters, Lois Lane and Clark Kent, dig into the story.
When Tommy is kidnapped by the KKK, Superman leaps into action-with help from Roberta! But Superman is still new to his powers-he hasn’t even worked out how to fly yet, so he has to run across town. Will Superman and Roberta reach Tommy in time?
Inspired by the 1940s Superman radio serial “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, The Terrifics, New Super-Man) presents his personal retelling of the adventures of the Lee family as they team up with Superman to smash the Klan.

 

 

X-MEN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu
DAWN OF X!
The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility… and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!

 

 

MARVEL ZOMBIES RESPAWN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
THE HORROR SMASH-HIT LIVES AGAIN!
When Galactus’ corpse appears at the edge of Earth’s solar system, the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four investigate. Too late, they discover that Galactus’ body is now the vessel of an interstellar terror, which one-by-one transforms Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into the universe’s most terrifying predators! As our heroes try to escape the superpowered, cannibalistic aberrations that were once their friends and family, will any survive? And even if they do, can they hope to protect Earth from the infestation that has already claimed half of the known universe?
Don’t miss the FIRST ISSUE of this terrifying new vision of the classic Marvel tale!

 

 

GHOST RIDER #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Ed Brisson (A/CA) Aaron Kuder
ALL HELLS BREAK LOOSE!
The Brothers Ghost Rider are back! Johnny Blaze ain’t just the king of Hell-he’s the warden too. He’s the first line of defense between the demonic hordes trying to escape the joint and the lords of other hells making a play for his throne and all the power that comes with it – including a certain evil queen from his past! Meanwhile, Danny Ketch never wanted to be a Ghost Rider. Now that his brother’s in charge downstairs, Ketch must take on the duty of Earth’s Spirit of Vengeance full-time-no matter how much he’d rather be doing anything else… Superstar creative team ED BRISSON (EXTERMINATION) and AARON KUDER (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) redefine the Marvel Universe’s supernatural underbelly for a brutal new era! PLUS: the first installment of the Caretaker Chronicles! Forget everything you thought you knew!

 

 

FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W/A/CA) Tom Scioli
Because you demanded it! The bestselling GRAND DESIGN franchise continues with Marvel’s First Family! Brought to you by critically-acclaimed cartoonist TOM SCIOLI (GODLAND, TRANSFORMERS VS. GI JOE) in the sole-authorship tradition made famous by ED PISKOR’S X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN trilogy! Join the Watcher and witness how it all began… Plus appearances by your faves: Doctor Doom! Black Panther! Namor! Galactus! Mole Man! The Inhumans!

 

 

JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – ALLEGIANCE #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Sacks, Ethan (A) Luke Ross (CA) Marco Checchetto
BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER!
Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN’S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight – but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy.

 

 

VISION BY TOM KING – COMPLETE COLLECTION TP
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Tom King (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Michael Walsh
A super hero story like no other. He was created to kill the Avengers – but he turned against his “father.” He found a home among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and love in the arms of the Scarlet Witch – but it didn’t end well. Now, the Vision just wants an ordinary life – with a wife and two children, a home in the suburbs, perhaps even a dog. So he built them. But it won’t end any better. Everything is nice and normal – until the deaths begin. Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta confound expectations in their heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, breathtaking magnum opus – collected in all its Eisner Award-winning glory. Collecting VISION (2015) #1-12.

 

 

MARKED #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) David Hine, Brian Haberlin (A/CA) Brian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke
SERIES PREMIERE
DOUBLE-SIZED FOR SINGLE PRICE!
THEIR MAGIC IS CHANNELED THROUGH THEIR TATTOOS!
The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You’ll believe in magic-terrifying, soul-destroying magic.

 

 

CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Mark Millar (A) Eric Canete (CA) Pasqual Ferry
THE BOYS ARE BACK.
CHRONONAUTS returns with FUTURESHOCK, as time-traveling physicists Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly attempt to conquer the future with their new machine-The Timehawk. A little older but none the wiser, the best friends return for their biggest mission yet!

 

 

COPRA #1 (MR
IMAGE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Michel Fiffe
SERIES PREMIERE
Acclaimed comics auteur MICHEL FIFFE picks up where his band of mercenary misfits left off, reintroducing the entire cast of his Suicide Squad-esque revenge machine in a brutal standoff against their own leader. Jump right into the thick of it with the world’s greatest action team in this extra-length debut milestone-36 pages for just $3.99!

 

 

LITTLE BIRD FIGHT FOR ELDERS HOPE HC
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Darcy Van Poelgeest (A/CA) Ian Bertram
With the limitless scope of Star Wars and EAST OF WEST paired with the sociopolitical explorations of A Handmaid’s Tale and MONSTRESS, LITTLE BIRD tells the story of a young resistance fighter battling against an oppressive American Empire while searching for her own identity in a world on fire. A gorgeously illustrated epic from Award-winning filmmaker DARCY VAN POELGEEST and Angoulême-nominated artist IAN BERTRAM in which one girl risks everything to save her people, their land, and the freedom they so desperately deserve.
Collects LITTLE BIRD #1-5
“It. Is. Amazing.” -Patton Oswalt
“Packed with rich ideas and executed with precision and passion.” -The Onion’s AV Club
“Nothing short of a masterpiece.” -Nerdist
“Powerful and thought-provoking.” -Impulse Gamer
“Dark, surreal, and addictive.” -Comic Book Resources


GRENDEL DEVILS ODYSSEY #1
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Matt Wagner
Grendel Prime searches the stars for a new home for mankind, and Matt Wagner returns to his darkest creation! As civilization comes to an end on Earth, the final Grendel Khan gives Grendel Prime a new directive: Find a perfect planet to be the new home for the human race. But will the deadly and relentless paladin ultimately save humanity… or destroy it?
* Grendel Prime continues the legacy in a space adventure!
* Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror combine.

 

 

LOCKE & KEY DOG DAYS
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Joe Hill (A) Gabriel Rodriguez (CA) Jay Fotos
In 2013, the Locke family saga came to a close. Or did it? Some doors, once closed, can never be opened again. While others shouldn’t be reopened ever again… Please join us for a return to the Locke & Key mythos with TWO new stories by creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez-“Nailed It” and “Dog Days”-plus a behind-the-scenes tease of the coming TV series, and a 5-page preview of an all-new series by Hill and artist Martin Simmonds, too!

 

 

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1
DYNAMITE
(W) Tom Sniegoski (A) Michael Sta. Maria (CA) Joshua Middleton
Originally debuting in 1994, Vengeance of Vampirella portrayed a more savage and feral look at the Daughter of Drakulon. Now, for the 50th Anniversary of Vampirella, original series writer Tom Sniegoski (joined by the incredible art of Michael Sta. Maria) is back and issue #1 features a host of incredible cover artists.
Set 25 years after the initial series, Vampirella is Dead!? Long Live Vampirella!
Humanity holds on, but barely, the playthings and slaves of a multitude of supernatural monstrosities that have made the earth their own. Mistress Nyx continues to rule the planet, her Chaos Lords reigning over the various regions of the world, but she is getting bored – There’s no one to challenge her! That is, until a small, but determined rebellion finds what could be their savior or seal their doom!
This new series – and anniversary event – is not to be missed!
THOMAS E. SNIEGOSKI is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy YA series Fallen was adapted into a trilogy of monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, Legacy, and Force Majeure, as well as the series The Brimstone Network. The author’s first adult novel, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, developed into a series of novels about the character Remy Chandler.

 

 

STRANGE SKIES OVER EAST BERLIN #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Jeff Loveness (A) Lisandro Estherren (CA) Evan Cagle
MANKIND MADE IT TO SPACE. AND NOW SPACE HAS FOLLOWED THEM BACK.
Herring is a disillusioned American spy stationed on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, struggling with his role in a Cold War that seems to have no end. But when he’s sent on a mission behind enemy lines to infiltrate East German intelligence, he soon learns the Soviets have a secret weapon that could change the tides of the conflict: an alien monster that they don’t understand, and can’t control.
The Soviets are about to learn that they’re not in charge of the monster it’s already in their minds and has twisted them to their will. Now now Herring must find a way to understand the impossible before it transforms him into a monster unlike any other.
Writer Jeff Loveness ( Judas ) and Lisandro Estherren ( Redneck ) team up for a story in the spirit of Cold War classics, for fans of period piece science fiction as well as alien action such as Barrier.

 

 

FAITHLESS TP
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Maria Llovet
Faith. Sex. The Devil.
Faith likes to dabble with magic. Her friends think it’s cute.and not just a little off-putting, but it’s part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she’s a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She’s right, of course. It just took a while for that magic, that temptation, that unknowable thing to find her… In short, Faith is bored as hell. And Hell has noticed.
New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned, 100 Bullets) and artist Maria Llovet (Loud) coalesce in a story of self-exploration, eroticism, and maybe even love.
Collects the complete 6-issue series.

 

 

SONS OF EL TOPO ORIGINAL GN HC VOL 02 ABEL
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Alejandro Jodorowsky (A/CA) Jose Ladrönn
The ongoing sequel to cult film, El Topo , from cult-favorite filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Cain and Abel reunite following the death of Abel’s saintly mother, but the reunion is not without trouble. Cain’s quick to anger and his penchant for hate and violence quickly overcome the brothers already contentious relationship.
In a virtuosic journey of untethered magic, corrupted faith, and lust, cult-filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and master illustrator Jose Ladronn continue the complex story of two brothers at odds after the death of their saintly father, the legendary El Topo.

 

 

CIMMERIAN QUEEN OF BLACK COAST #1
ABLAZE
(W) Jean-David Morvan (A) Pierre Alary (CA) Jason Metcalf
By Crom! For the first time, Robert E. Howard’s Conan is brought to life uncensored! Discover the true Conan, unrestrained, violent, and sexual. Read the story as he intended! Pursued for killing a judge, Conan finds refuge on a merchant ship. But soon after setting sail, the Cimmerian and his new companions face a threat: the legendary Bêlit, self-proclaimed Queen of the Black Coast! Bonus Material: The original Robert E. Howard short story is included!

 

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