Solicitations for December 2020
September 18, 2020
DECEMBER 16 / 144 pages / FC/ M / $24.99Sex, drugs, and murder in 1980s Los Angeles, and the best new twist on paperback pulp heroes since The Punisher or Jack Reacher.
ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, the modern masters of crime noir, bring us the last thing anyone expected from them—a good guy. A bold new series of original graphic novels, with three books releasing over the next year, each a full-length story that stands on its own.
Meet Ethan Reckless: Your trouble is his business, for the right price. But when a fugitive from his radical student days reaches out for help, Ethan must face the only thing he fears…his own past.
“Oh man this book pushed EVERY crime fiction button for me. Working class setting covering up for a deeper societal rot, a battered, damaged (literally) protagonist against the beast, and all of it squirming and lunging through an over-lit early 80s L.A. Noir bleached to bleakness. Bliss." —Patton Oswalt
“Imagine Redford at his peak, ambling through sun-drenched, eighties L.A. in a serpentine plot that is equal parts Long Goodbye and Point Break. No one does crime fic like BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS and their collaboration has never felt more new. Explosive. Vital. And yes...reckless. I love this book.” —Damon Lindelof (Lost, HBO’s Watchmen)
"RECKLESS is an absolute rush: on the same level as golden age Travis McGee novels and the hardest-hitting Richard Stark stories. This one comes at you as fast as Steve McQueen in a souped-up Mustang and as hard as Charles Bronson with a baseball bat. You gotta have it." —Joe Hill (Locke & Key, N0S4A2)
Look for Book Two in the RECKLESS series in April 2021!
DECEMBER 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99From MAESTROS creator, WE STAND ON GUARD co-creator, and The Matrix storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE with coloring by Eisner Award-winning DAVE STEWART.
The Cheyanne mountain installation, aka The BUBBLE, is the most sophisticated super bunker in the world. It was built to ensure the survival of America's executive branch of government and its most important citizens, should the unthinkable happen. When the world ended, the executive branch failed to reach the sanctuary, but the elite citizenry did. Eighty years later, one of their own has named himself the new President of the United States. His plan? Subjugate the survivors of the American Wasteland using the same bunker resources meant to rebuild it. The only thing standing in their way is a deadly Wasteland girl, hellbent on revenge!
DECEMBER 09 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99The team behind LIMBO, DAN WATTERS (Lucifer, COFFIN BOUND) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (Star Wars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt), launch a brand-new ONGOING SERIES.
In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band—who’s been missing for weeks. How did she get there, and what do these ghosts want? Expect three-chord songs and big bloody action that’s Power Rangers meets The Shining (yes, really).
DECEMBER 23 / 84 pages / FC/ M / $7.99“THE END” The mind-bending conclusion to the Eisner Award-winning series by New York Times bestselling writer JEFF LEMIRE and artist ANDREA SORRENTINO (the creative team behind Green Arrow and Old Man Logan), with the talents of Eisner Award-winning colorist DAVE STEWART!An oversized (80 page!) giant of a story where all the universes of “Gideon Falls” finally converge. Can the combined forces of this rag-tag band of adventurers be enough to stop the Laughing Man and his limitless legions of evil?!
DECEMBER 09 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Return to Eden, Wyoming in two thrilling tales from Top Cow’s Talent Hunt winners! Can Sheriff Roy Magnum really maintain order in a town full of criminals? Plus, a glimpse inside the mind of Molly, Eden’s own serial-killing boogeyman!
DECEMBER 09 / 128 pages / FC/ T+ / $16.99For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s—his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs…with enemies all too eager to force his retirement.
Created by ROBERT KIRKMAN and MARC SILVESTRI, STEALTH is an action-packed series, perfect for readers who enjoy Black Panther and Iron Man.
Collects STEALTH #1-6
JANUARY 13 / 168 pages / FC/ M / $9.99Sheriff Joe Bob Coates questions his effectiveness as the aging lawman of Ambrose County, Texas as chaos descends following an explosive highway confrontation and the mysterious death of local rogue Travis Terrill. Michael Lark (LAZARUS, Daredevil) calls the series "The best damn comic I've read in years."Collects THAT TEXAS BLOOD #1-6
DECEMBER 23 / 104 pages / FC/ M / $12.99“THE DIGITAL MAGE” The hit fantasy series from powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN continues! Captain Telsa is doing her best to shake off young Mila and Bandit, but things get harder once an old friend wants to tag along—DRILLER, the KILLER ROBOT! With his faithful companion Mizard the Wizard at his side, Mother and her evil army of vamps may have finally met their match. Meanwhile, Andy struggles to resurrect his lost love Effie from the relentless grasp of the vampire undead. Collects ASCENDER #11-14
DECEMBER 02 / 144 pages / FC/ M / $16.99Taqa wants nothing in the world other than God—the holy oblivion found in a syringe. But with the city planning to ban the sacred narcotic, it falls to her to prove the existence of the divine by courting death—and the array of deadly assassins who she's set on her own tail. Worship with us on an existential road trip through the tangle of a self-destructive life.Collects COFFIN BOUND #5-8
DECEMBER 16 / 168 pages / FC/ M / $16.99In the world of DIE, the players are now real players. Countries are their pieces, and the board threatens to run red with blood. Who is the Queen, and who are pawns? Who's playing to win? Who's forgotten what they're playing for? And what will they do when they're reminded of the real stakes? The critically acclaimed dark fantasy smash hit goes epic in its third volume.Collects DIE #11-15
MARCH 24 / 128 pages / FC/ M / $16.99We don’t like to admit it, but this is an evil world where evil people do evil stuff all the time. Thankfully, there is a secret cabal within the United States government that works outside our normal system to influence world matters through targeted assassination.
Senator Connie Lipshitz has taken over the cabal, using her vast resources to finally make the world a better place…no matter how many people have to die! Meanwhile, Barnaby is on the run, and his journey takes him to some very dark places. Thankfully…you can only get your nose cut off once!
Collects DIE!DIE!DIE! #9-14
MARCH 10 / 152 pages / FC/ M / $16.99The beginning of the end is upon us. Allison has been possessed...but it's unlike any possession we've seen before. How will this affect Kyle's mission to save the world now that the Great Merge has begun? Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #43-48
DECEMBER 02 / 120 pages / FC/ M / $14.99Gamma Rae’s one true love is already dead, and her best friend was demoted to being a glorified janitor after a series of what seemed like strategic crimes against humanity. Most people wouldn’t call this winning, but sometimes when you’re in the middle of a genocidal war that you started with the ugliest people in the city, you’ll take what you can get.Collects PRETTY VIOLENT #7-11
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Erik Larsen
JANUARY 06 / 528 pages / BW/ M / $24.99Collecting Malcolm Dragon’s greatest adventures. After aliens are outlawed in the United States, Malcolm Dragon and his family are forced to head to the Great White North and find a new home in the city of Toronto, but building a new life is anything but easy. New foes and new challenges face the newlyweds. Sex-Bots, Buffalo Men, the return of the Vicious Circle, Captain Tootsie, a reality TV show, and raging hormones make for the wildest, craziest SAVAGE DRAGON run to date, all in glorious black and white! Comes with our highest possible recommendation.Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #226-250
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Erik Larsen
DECEMBER 16 / 144 pages / FC/ M / $19.99The Vicious Circle relocates to Toronto and Malcolm Dragon has to face his greatest challenge ever as he goes up against...his father? Dart! The Destroyer! The Challenger! Web-Spinner! Wall-Crawler! Battle Girl! And a cast of thousands! It’s comics’ wildest ride! Collects the historic Savage Dragon #250 as well as the epic tribute to the Sunday Funnies. Comes with our highest possible recommendation.Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #247-252
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Jason Howard
DECEMBER 16 / 24 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99Gulliver’s plan is revealed, and it might mean war! OK, it does mean war, and Ember has to decide which side to fight for! Not everyone escapes unchanged.
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A / COVER B: Jimmie Robinson
DECEMBER 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“MAKE AMERICA GAPE AGAIN” The votes are in, and the devious Bomb Queen lights the fuse to her explosive plot that nobody saw coming. Now that the tables are turned, Trump races for survival in this dramatic ending that will change the landscape forever.
DECEMBER 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99The Crisis Command interrogates a ticking clock corpse! But how can heroes save a world without empathy? FIRST they have to figure out how to save it within themselves, as Nina Next, the incredible science hero FRONTIER, takes John Doe Empathy out on the town...to discuss their secrets.
DECEMBER 09 / 36 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99“KIDS LOVE CHAINS,” Part Two The event continues to unravel as Ellie, Otto, and Ava rise from the ashes of their comic shop to begin their four-color odyssey to find the truth beyond the dome. Meanwhile: super-prisons! Magic guns! Mysterious government agents! And other stuff, too!
MARCH 31 / 64 pages / FC/ M / $4.99There are many assassins in the known universe. This is the story of the most well-mannered one. "You can get through a kill with bad manners, but it's easier with good manners."
DECEMBER 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99How can a journalist ethically report on a story that they know can’t possibly be true? As packages with proof of impossible stories keep arriving on one reporter’s doorstop, sent by a mysterious entity known only as Q, one reporter must find the answer themselves. JAMES TYNION IV (Something is Killing the Children) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) send the Department of Truth after the Fourth Estate.
APRIL 14 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99The world has been built on the Overseer’s lies. And now, it will burn.
FEBRUARY 17 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99“FOREST,” Part Three In the present, the Hayes and their new ally make their getaway. In the future, Josh makes a perilous choice to protect his family as Loretta learns more about the Arborists and their felling plan.
DECEMBER 02 / 28 pages / FC/ T / $3.99After everything he's been through and all he has sacrificed, Owen is finally reunited with his master, Wei Lun...but the reunion does not go the way you think it will.
DECEMBER 09 / 36 pages / FC/ M / $4.99Sam and Jack’s BFF-dom deteriorates, Lauren’s band Nipslip teeters on the verge of a breakup right before their most important gig, and everyone’s dealing with the poor decisions they made while drunk. Add to that, Sam's coworker Tim generously blesses the group with gifts of the psychedelic kind. What could go wrong? With another oversized issue bursting with extra story pages...a whole lot!
DECEMBER 16 / 48 pages / FC/ M / $5.99The Head Lopper, with Agatha and friends, locate the lost Hammer of Arnak Pluth. But much to their dismay, it has fallen under the watchful eye of the deadly gorgon, Medusa. Always quarterly. Always oversized.
DECEMBER 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“ADVENT CALENDAR” Every day is a gift.
DECEMBER 02 / 24 pages / FC/ T / $3.99In the time of ancient Egypt, Sorcerers roamed the sands in search of the End of the Earth. Lost, they turn to an ancient monster to be their guide.
DECEMBER 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Hit-Girl will stop at nothing to destroy the imposter Kick-Ass’s gang activity and prevent her masquerading as Dave Lizewski. And when Mindy’s violent hunt leads Patience’s gang to turn on her, Kick-Ass will realize that she can't run forever.
DECEMBER 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99"BURN BABY BURN," Part Five The second arc of the critically acclaimed horror series continues! From RODNEY BARNES, the writer behind such hit shows as Marvel’s Runaways and STARZ’s American Gods, and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, the artist who redefined SPAWN, comes a new thrilling chapter in this bestselling vampire saga!After unlocking the ancient scriptures that transformed John Adams and started this legacy of brutality, Seesaw seeks to use his newfound power to do something so unimaginable, it may set off a chain of events that will burn America to the ground.Also includes part 5 of the thrilling back-up story ELYSIUM GARDENS.
DECEMBER 30 / 24 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Time destroys everything.
DECEMBER 23 / 36 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE OMEGA TATTOO” Someone is using The Marked magic for their own purposes. Some seemingly good, some definitely not. The Marked must track down the source. Is it a Marked turned rogue or something much more dangerous?
DECEMBER 30 / 24 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Once again bridging the gap between the fifth and sixth arc (which resumes January 2021), Part Two of MONSTRESS: TALK-STORIES follows Maika as she opens up to Kippa and recounts an important day from her childhood in Thyria.
DECEMBER 30 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Love is a dangerous thing. The Nailbiter dives into his past as he finally explains his connections to the mastermind behind the deadly game of death. But the truth comes with a cost, and not everyone makes it out of this issue alive!
FEBRUARY 10 / 28 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99Nathan Cole faces Ghozan Dakuul with the fate of the Earth hanging in the balance! Where do things go from here? You will never guess!
JANUARY 06 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99What good is a funhouse if it doesn't shatter bonds and torture souls? As the realm continues to spiral into anarchy in the wake of the Void, the Rat Queens begin the final stages of their ultimate quest—one which reaches the madness of their minds.
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Erik Larsen
DECEMBER 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“THE EMPTY GRAVE” Paul Dragon travels to Dimension-X to visit the grave of his departed wife, but he gets more than he bargained for.
MARCH 24 / 32 pages / FC/ T / $3.99“THE PEOPLE OF THE BROKEN MOON,” Part Five The second arc comes to its thunderous conclusion with an epic confrontation between super-powered star-swimmer Kadyn and the mysterious and monstrous leviathan that's been chasing him through space.
DECEMBER 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“JAZZ APPLE ARMAGEDDON," Part Three As the clock ticks on Scorpionus’s deadly weapon, Sister Mary must motivate the one person capable of stopping it—ol’ Ernie Ray! Can he save the day or will he $#!% it all up while trying?
DECEMBER 16 / 32 pages / FC/ T / $3.99“SPRINGS OF ZHAL,” Part Two The Mud King reaps what he has sowed. Adam accepts his fate.
DECEMBER 23 / 32 pages / FC/ T / $2.99“CULT OF OMEGA,” Conclusion The FINAL confrontation: SPAWN vs. OMEGA SPAWN to the death! If this villain cannot be defeated, then the fabric of time will begin to tear and out will pour the savage warriors of Heaven and Hell upon Earth.TODD McFARLANE and CARLO BARBERI conclude their gut-wrenching story of SPAWN vs. OMEGA SPAWN.
DECEMBER 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99In the town of Stillwater, the Judge’s word is law. But what does the law mean when the townspeople decide they’ve had enough?
DECEMBER 23 / 32 pages / FC/ T / $3.99“BARBARIAN IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY” Finally free, Surka follows her bliss...to apocalyptic destruction.
DECEMBER 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99“UNITY,” Part Five Our team integrates further into the mysterious network of the second Zone of America. As they learn more about how this society came to be, will they themselves be changed as a result?
DECEMBER 02 / 36 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Rick and Glenn mount a daring supply run in a walker-infested Atlanta. Plus, what’s Lori’s secret? This deluxe presentation in STUNNING FULL COLOR also features another installment of Cutting Room Floor and creator commentary.
DECEMBER 16 / 36 pages / FC/ M / $3.99Rick Grimes and company find themselves surrounded by walkers. Who will die? Who will survive? Who will be the next to join the walking dead?