The cold, calculating machine-brain of Challengers, Dal's professional demeanor hides a heart that runs almost entirely on comics and graphic novels. In the trenches of comics retail for almost as long as Patrick, Dal's ready to debate the merits of today's most acclaimed creators and point out the hidden gems of the past. He also occasionally smiles. I saw it once. I think.
The most anticipated X-Men book since House of X #1 is out this week in INFERNO #1, the start of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men swan song. Plus, collections for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, The Good Asian and HAHA. And the return of DC’s Fables universe via a wolf in Gotham City!
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— •INFERNO #1 (Marvel) THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN'S X-MEN BEGINS HERE! "There will be an island-not the first, but the last..." Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind of the X-Men JONATHAN HICKMAN brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with VALERIO SCHITI... as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground.
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL OF NOTE— •GOOD ASIAN VOL 01 (Image) COLLECTS THE GOOD ASIAN #1-4. 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. Highly Recommended!
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— •10 YEARS TO DEATH ONE-SHOT (Aftershock) The Shawshank Redemption meets The Sixth Sense, inspired by an eerily bone-chilling true story. A newly-hired prison guard, a notorious mass murderer finally incarcerated for his crimes, and the death that binds them together. What happens when the murdered becomes the murderer? A prestige format "One-Shock" by Aaron Douglas ("Chief" from the iconic TV series Battlestar Galactica), and drawn by Cliff Richards.
•BATMAN VS BIGBY A WOLF IN GOTHAM #1 (DC) Worlds collide as a Gotham mystery kick-starts a return to the world of Fables! Batman vs Bigby and the return of the Fables universe!
•DEATHSTROKE INC #1 (DC) After suffering too many losses, Slade Wilson decides it’s time for a change. When he’s enlisted to work with an ages-old secret organization called T.R.U.S.T. who want to take down the heavy-hitter villains, he’s all in. They’ll supply him with an all-new team and resources for his new mission into the depths of the weirdest parts of the DCU, including a new partner…Black Canary!
•ECHOLANDS RAW CUT ED #1 (Image) Each issue of ECHOLANDS will offer a Raw Cut Edition, featuring the art from J. H. WILLIAMS III as it looked leaving his work studio. And we've kept the lettering intact in a translucent form. ECHOLANDS is a landscape-format mythic-fiction epic where anything is possible-a fast-paced genre mashup adventure that combines everything from horror movie vampires to classic mobsters and cyborg elves to Roman demigods and retro rocket ships.
•HUMAN REMAINS #1 (Vault) Dax and Bisa love each other. But in this new and terrifying world, love is dangerous. Feeling anything is dangerous. Earth has new and terrible invader-monsters that deprive us of the very feelings that make us human. A shocking tale of pent-up emotions, perilously loud sex, and forced compsure in the face of unspeakable horror...from Peter Milligan and breakout horror artist Sally Cantirino.
•STRANGER THINGS TOMB OF YBWEN #1 (Dark Horse) It's January 1985 the Hawkins crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, but Will and Joyce are still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will's friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. After he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia, Will rallies the crew to investigate.
Each month, dozens of new titles are available to order. We'd like to take this opportunity to provide you, our valued subscribers, with a list of some of our most anticipated new ongoing series, one-shots, mini-series, and graphic novels for the month of December 2021. If you see anything on the following list that you'd like to have added to your subscriptions, just let us know. Orders for these titles are due in by October 18th. After that point, we can't guarantee any orders placed, but we'll do our best to have them waiting for you. If you've got any questions, please let us know. Thanks!
If you'd like to see a list of EVERYTHING that's available starting in December 2021, you can head over to PreviewsWorld for a look at all of the thousands of items that are available to order. DC comic books and graphic novels can now be found in the DC Connect catalog. Pullbox users can add these titles directly through the current Previews catalog.
A new issue of NIGHTWING (the best super-hero comic on the stands today) is out this week; Reptil #4 has a sweet MARIA WOLF variant cover; Arielle Agbayani, the campus Captain America, debuts in UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #4; and so much more happens in all the other great NEW COMICS and GRAPHIC NOVELS of the week!
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— •HE WHO FIGHTS WITH MONSTERS #1 (Ablaze) From the artist of the bestselling Something is Killing the Children. On All Hallows' Eve during World War 2, a community struggles under the boot of the Nazi war machine when supernatural forces come to play a part in the conflict! With the ruthless SS tightening their grip on every street and neighborhood with overwhelming might, only one hope feeds the struggle. A crazy hope, which rests on the fragile foundations of an ancient, monstrous legend...
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL OF NOTE— •WRASSLE CASTLE BOOK 01 (Vault) Lydia Riverthane has always dreamed of being a professional wrassler, the greatest of all fighters in the kingdom of Grimslade. But when her brother is mysteriously arrested for treason, Lydia and her friends must find a way into the year-end tournament. There she can win back his freedom the only way she knows how...wrassling!
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— •AQUAMAN THE BECOMING #1 (DC) Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Well, he had it all—until half of the Atlantean palace got blown to kingdom come with Jackson in it. Now Jackson stands accused of wrecking the life he worked so hard to build. Aqualad’s going to need all of his skills, wit, and cunning just to prove his own innocence, let alone graduate from sidekick to Aquaman!
•BATMAN SECRET FILES MIRACLE MOLLY #1 (DC) Discover what led a regular Gothamite to reject their past, name, and humanity to embrace the promise of a blank slate—the promise of the Unsanity Collective! Batman series writer James Tynion IV teams up with rising superstar artist Dani to bring you all the way back to the beginning of Miracle Molly in this exciting and integral Fear State special.
•DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #1 (Marvel) Doctor Stephen Strange is the world's greatest neurosurgeon and Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what would happen if he unexpectedly died? Who would protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly...who killed Stephen Strange?! The final chapter in the life of Doctor Strange starts here by Jed MacKay (Moon Knight, Black Cat) and Lee Garbett (Captain Marvel)!
•FRONTIERSMAN #1 (Image) Patrick Kindlon & Marco Ferrari retunite for an all-new ONGOING SERIES at Image! Classic Green Arrow-style adventure blends with the thoughtfulness of Concrete in a superhero odyssey for mature, but uncynical, readers! Frontiersman is coaxed out of retirement by an environmentalist group, only to find that being a spokesperson makes him a target for old and new enemies alike! For the superhero reader looking for more.
•IMPOSSIBLE JONES #1 (Scout) The grin gritty origin of comics' newest sensation! A thief gets powers, is mistaken for a superhero... and runs with it! With no intention of giving up her criminal ways, mind you! (With these powers? You crazy?!) All she has todo is fool all of the people all of the time! It's not impossible - it's Impossible Jones! Full throttle thrills by Karl Kesel (Harley Quinn) and David Hahn (Batman '66).
•STAR WARS ADV GHOST VADERS CASTLE #1 (IDW) Join Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, and a host of classic Star Wars artists in the epic conclusion to the Vader's Castle saga! Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle is a horror-packed, star-studded, five-week event guaranteed to haunt your dreams. In issue #1, life is looking up for Lina and Milo Graf and Crater, but Milo has been having nightmares... about zombie droids! Find out what's causing these dreams and if Milo can handle being haunted by the GHOSTS OF VADER'S CASTLE.
•SUICIDE SQUAD KING SHARK #1 (DC) On leave from the Suicide Squad, King Shark and unfortunate tagalong the Defacer get swept into a mystical tournament for totemic animal spirits at the behest of King Shark’s father, the god of sharks! Now King Shark must battle brutal warriors like Queen Tiger, King Roach, Prince Nematode, Princess Peregrine, and the terrifying Man King to finally attain his destiny and make his dour dad proud!
•X-MEN ONSLAUGHT REVELATION #1 (Marvel) You have strayed from THE WAY OF X. The X-Men's greatest foe, mutantkind's primal evil, slithers in the minds of its most senior leaders... The kids whisper of the CRUCI-BALL: a party to end everything. The seals are broken, the trumpets have sounded; only a small band of eccentric mutants can hope to break the fall... Can Nightcrawler light the spark that will drive out the shadows... or will Krakoa slip into the abyss...?
Sunday, October 10, 2021 - Join us for the release of ASHES #2, part two of a supernatural crime comic book series. Writer JEREMIAH WOLFE and artist ARCHANGELO CRELENCIA (both local creators) will be on hand signing copies of both issues on Sunday, October 10 from 12:00pm - 3:30pm.
"Connor Kilpatrick died 20 years ago and yet he still walks the earth. He and his wife were brutally murdered by a ruthless Irish mobster and his crew. As he lay dying in a hospital bed he was visited by Death and given a choice. Live out his soon to be short life, or serve as Death’s assassin maintaining the balance of the universe by eliminating criminal threats to it. Now 20 years later Connor has become Death’s top hitman and has stumbled upon the possible whereabouts of the men who dispatched him and his beloved wife. Connor must make a choice to either objectively perform the duty he has sworn to uphold, or to exact the vengeance that he has long desired regardless of the paradox it may cause. Ashes is a supernatural, neo-noir, crime thriller that takes a gritty look at the afterlife and those who operate in the shadows of both sides."
About Jeremiah Wolfe: Jeremiah Wolfe was born on July 20, 1981, in Enid, Oklahoma. He grew up with a love of the outdoors, movies, music, and, of course, comic books. After graduating from Enid High School in 2000, he began studying theater performance at Oklahoma State University; where he would eventually end up with a BA in Theater. While attending Oklahoma State, he and a group of friends watched a Second City tour group performance. This event prompted him to move to Chicago to study improv and sketch comedy at the Second City Theater. Eventually he was accepted into Second City’s conservatory. There he noticed his interests began to shift from acting to writing. Following his graduation from the conservatory in 2009, he helped start a sketch comedy web series called Winter & Construction in which he wrote and preformed in many sketches. Later he returned to one of his first loves, comic books. In addition to Ashes, Jeremiah has written the all ages comic book series Kid Ninja.
About Archangelo Crelencia: Archangelo Crelencia began his creative career as a graphics specialist/illustrator for the US Air Force. After a two-year stint in Nebraska, he was assigned to the USAF Thunderbirds in Las Vegas, where he was first introduced to computer generated design/illustration. Upon leaving the service, Angelo pursued a BFA degree in Visual Communications in Chicago, where he currently works as a senior art director in the advertising industry. In his spare time, Angelo freelances on projects that include illustrations, logos and storyboards. He recently got back-to-basics by reintroducing himself to life drawing and painting with acrylics. A die-hard Star Wars fanatic and anime addict, Angelo draws his inspiration from sci-fi, animation, music and comic books.
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - Chicago creator TOM KELLY is spending the whole day at Challengers! Tom will have plenty of copies of his new graphic novel FOOT FIST FRANKENSTEIN, tubs of HELLO KITTY art and everything else you'd find at his booth at an actual comic book convention!
Foot Fist Frankenstein is an epic action adventure revenge story, starring a Frankenstein's monster. Think John Wick meets The Hulk by way of Kung Fu theater.
Come by and dip your toes back into the idea of seeing comic creators in public! Starting at 11:00am.