Continuing the commemorations of characters starting in the 1940s, DC will be releasing 80th Anniversary Specials for the two enduring villains that debuted in Batman #1, CATWOMAN and JOKER. Each book will come with decade variant covers with work of tons of great artists. As DC releases the cover images, we will send out a future email so that you can reserve your favorites.
April is also going to see the start of Marvel’s new blockbuster summer event EMPYRE. The story of EMPYRE is going to be told through a main series and a series of tie-in minis and one-shots as well as tie-ins in the middle of ongoing series such as X-Men #10, so be sure to let us know how much EMPYRE you need, so we can order accordingly.
Image Comics is launching some exiting new series in April. We have ADVENTUREMAN from Sex Criminal’s Matt Fraction and The LUDOCRATS from Wicked + Divine and Die’s Kieron Gillen. Both series promise to be great series by master creators. Also, check out two OGNs from Image; Fire Power by Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee and Bog Bodies by Declan Shalvey.
Also, The Boys are back! Garth Ennis is returning with “BOYS: DEAR BECKY”, a new story line featuring The Boys set twelve years after the events of the last series. Anyone who was wondering about what happened afterwards needs to pick this one up.
DEAD DOG’S BITE from Dark Horse by award-winning cartoonist Tyler Boss (artist of 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK) is a 4 issue series that looks quite good in our opinion. Page 93 of the Previews has some art and a synopsis to look over, and let us know if you want a copy reserved. This is one that may sell out!
Fans of Cullen Bunn should check out the sci-fi/horror mash-up ROGUE PLANET brought to you by Oni Press.
If you haven’t given them a look yet, the entire Upshot line from new publisher AWA is worth a look. They have an exceptional group of talent on deck, including creators such as J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato Jr., and Kaare Andrews.
By Crom! For the first time, Robert E. Howard’s Conan is being brought to life uncensored in CIMMERIAN RED NAILS. Fans may also be excited by the upcoming March release of CIMMERIAN QUEEN OF BLACK COAST from Ablaze after some legal problems (happily now resolved). Multiple covers will be available for both series, so make your requests now.
As always, this is just a snapshot of everything we’re expecting to ship in April and beyond. We invite you to check out our copy of Previews on your next visit so you can see it all. Let us know if there is anything you want us to save for you when you’re here; our email inbox is always available!