Ah, October, how I look forward to all that your bring from pretty orange pumpkins to the Heroes Pop Swap to lovely and spooky comics. Be sure to watch this space for details on the Pop Swap as well as Halloween comics. Be sure to include some of the awesome comics on your list to the Great Pumpkin! Please let us know by the August 18 if we can order anything for you. Thanks!
A-Babies v. X-Babies #1: Some might say there’s been some childish behavior between the Avengers and the X-Men with the battle over the Phoenix and now Marvel is taking it straight to the nursery. Skottie Young is not only writing this fun foray into super babyhood, but he’s also giving us THREE baby covers in October, with variant covers for Uncanny Avengers #1 and A+X #1. The real battle is now who’s cuter the A-Babies or the X-Babies. (It might be hard for anyone to top Baby Cap’s little “a”.) page 8 of Marvel Previews
>Bonus Pick: The Muppets: The Four Seasons Winter: The final issue of this great mini-series and Roger Langridge’s final Muppets story (for now, at least). page 52 of Marvel Previews
Marvel Event Alert: Marvel Now!: The future of Marvel is Now! A new era in the Marvel universe launches in October as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the X-Men deal with the changes brought by AvX with several new titles and ongoing titles. Be on the look out for Marvel Now! Point One #1, Uncanny Avengers #1 and A+X #1.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #100 #3: Do my eyes deceive me or is that Rasputin on that beautiful Ryan Sook cover? You’ll have to read to find out what black magicians Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, have conjured forth for this 100th issue. page 50
Angel & Faith #15: My notes on this issue read “Whistler!!!!” It’s quite nice to see a familiar face on what’s overtaking Buffy as my current favorite in the Whedonverse. Christos Gage is doing a superb job with two characters that have a murky past on their own and together. page 56
Joe Kubert Presents #1: With a gorgeously rendered pencils cover, DC’s newest collection series is sure to please the art lovers among us. The legendary artist writes and illustrates two of the stories in this debut issue that includes brand new Angel and the Ape and Hawkman stories. page 121
Ame-Comi Girls #1: Featuring Wonder Woman: This series was released digitally first and is also based on a popular series of collectibles (instead of the other way around which is what seems to be the norm). Amanda Conner brings a stellar cover and I cannot wait to see the interiors in which Conner is joined by Tony Akins and Walden Wong. page 123
Lot 13 #1: Just in time for Halloween, Steve Niles and Glenn Fabry introduce a creepy, new horror series following a family whose cross-country move is more than they bargained for. This sounds like a solid pick for fans of the t.v. hit American Horror Story. page 135
Mars Attacks The Holidays One Shot: The Halloween comics have hardly hit the shelves and here’s Mars Attacks bringing Christmas to the shelves. You know what makes a Christmas sweater themed family portrait look better? Martians! page 157
Halloween Eve: Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder team up for this oversized Halloween one-shot that follows the adventures of Eve when the costumes in the store she begrudgingly works in come to life. pages 198-199
Bravest Warriors #1: Fans of Adventure Time will be happy to know that Pendleton Ward’s newest animated series will now be gracing the pages as well as your television. Follow these teenage heroes-for-hire as they bounce from galaxy to galaxy using the power of their emotions to save the planets. page 273
Pippi Longstocking Vol 1: Pippi Moves In: As I have a Pippi themed sketchbook, people have been pointing this book out to me since its announcement. I am super excited that these Pippi comics are hitting American shelves thanks to Drawn & Quarterly. Originally published in a Swedish magazine, the comics follow the original series of Pippi chapter books and are sure to find a place in the hearts of kids of all ages. page 303
Nancy Drew & The Clue Crew #1: Small Volcanoes: With the Pippi book and a new Nancy Drew graphic novel, October certainly is revisiting my childhood. I loved reading the old Nancy Drew books that were gathering dust on the shelves at my grandparents as well as the newer novels published in my early teens. I am happy to know a new generation will enjoy Nancy and her friends in the comic medium. page 322
Publisher Alert: Nobrow comes to Diamond! Be sure to check out the offerings from this European publisher. There’s some beautiful art books to choose from and delivered for your pleasure straight to your reserve bag. page 324
Happy comic reading and an early Happy Halloween!