Saturday, February 06, 2016

April Comics Solicitations: Avengers; Hulk; Batman '66; Green Arrow; Donald Duck, more

Collected editions of interest out this April. Click the link to order discounted items from Amazon.

The Masters of Evil take Avengers Mansion! In one of the greatest comic book epics of all time, Baron Zemo strikes at the very heart of the Avengers, as he leads a revamped and larger-than-ever Masters of Evil in an attack on the team's home -- and wins! And as if that wasn't enough, Earth's Mightiest Heroes must survive the climax of Secret Wars II and a battle for the ages between Kang and Immortus! The Sub-Mariner's membership leads to public protests, but that won't stop the Avengers and Alpha Flight from lending a hand during Attuma's assault on Atlantis. Meanwhile an old friend turns enemy: What's gotten into Quicksilver? Two teams of Avengers will assemble to find out!
COLLECTING: AVENGERS (1963) #264-277, ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #39, AVENGERS ANNUAL #15, and WEST COAST AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 (AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION VOL. 16)
The Hulk is out for revenge! And he'll have plenty of heavy hitters to unleash his anger on in the latest Marvel Masterworks! The Abomination, Juggernaut and Rhino are just the first in a murderer's row of earth-shaking enemies before the ever-incredible Hulk. Then, a battle with the Cobalt Man will send Hulk raging to Attilan, home of the Inhumans! To save their hidden city, they launch Hulk into deep space - but a mean green course correction lands Hulk on Counter-Earth!
COLLECTING: INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) 171-183

Back to the Swingin' 60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV series in comics form.  These all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish rogues gallery just the way viewers remember them.
In this volume, the Dynamic Duo team-up with Barbara Gordon to take on The Bookworm, a deranged zombie creating Professor, The Queen of Diamonds, Lord Death Man and The Joker. 
Collects issues Batman '66 The Lost Episode #1, Batman '66 #17-22.

Sometimes laws must be broken in order to seek true justice. Oliver Queen understands this. As Green Arrow, he is able to protect people and get the justice they truly deserve, even if it means bending the rules now and then.
Celebrate over seven decades of Green Arrow's gripping adventures throughout the scope of the comics industry.

Hungry for more? The one and only Jughead Jones, the clown prince of Riverdale, gets into more scrapes, rebufffs more cute girls, and eats more hamburgers than anyone! These classic stories from the 1950s include the artwork of Bob Montana, Bill Vigoda, and George Frese, and feature the hilarious antics of Jughead, Archie, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the gang. Tuck in your napkins, make way for Jughead, and get ready for a heap of laughs!

The old switcheroo! Under the ruse of building older bodies for Astro and his sister so that the young robots can grow up, an unscrupulous con-man replaces their electro-brains to help him abscond with the art treasures stored in the Neo Pyramid!
From Osamu Tezuka, "the Walt Disney of Japan," Astro Boy is all-ages adventure packed with humor and heart. Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 3 is 688 pages, value priced and ready to rock the 21st Century!

Enn is a sixteen-year-old boy who just doesn't understand girls, while his friend Vic seems to have them all figured out. Both teenagers are in for the shock of their young lives, however, when they crash a local party only to discover that the girls there are far, far more than they appear!
From the Locus Award-winning short story by Neil Gaiman--one of the most celebrated authors of our time-- and adapted in vibrant ink-and-watercolor illustrations by the Daytripper duo of Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, this original hardcover graphic novel is absolutely not to be missed!

The ageless couple, Tarzan and his beautiful wife Jane, have been living in America, fighting the illegal ivory trade to stop the slaughter of elephants...but a they're soon drawn back to Africa, entangled in a dangerous web that threatens their long lives! Beginning in California and climaxing in a mythical jungle utopia, Thomas Yeates's Tarzan: The Beckoning is an action-packed supernatural saga, collected here in its entirety for the first time.

Much attention has been paid to Herrriman’s Sunday full-page comics, yet it is in the daily Krazy Kat strips that the cartoonist most frankly illustrates many of his major themes, especially the shifting nature of social identity.
The 1934 strips reprinted in this book fit anyone’s definition of “essential.” They show Krazy Kat at top speed, ever-changing, endlessly inventive, with language that sparkles with double meanings, and more, in lines such as “his malady drills me to my sole.”
The year includes homages to old jokes and bricks, followed by playful references to sex, drink, and even drugs. The daily Krazy Kat strips are often Herriman’s most personal works and standouts in this year include Krazy Kat’s attempt to write a memoir and the Kat’s quietly waiting for the last leaf of “ottim” to fall (a tender scene that finds echoes in Charles Schulz’s drawing Linus admiring the last autum’s leaf stubborn spirit). It could also be argued that the daily is more accessible to the new reader. Herriman biographer Michael Tisserand provides an insightful introduction.

Michael Wm. Kaluta has been creating beautiful imagery for more than 40 years. Highlights of his career include what many consider to be the definitive version of The Shadow, the still in-progress Starstruck, and a myriad of stunning covers illustrated for nearly every comics publisher―as well as being part of the legendary art collective known simply as The Studio (along with Jeffery Catherine Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson).
This collection presents all five Kaluta sketchbooks published by IDW, featuring art selected by the artist from his personal archives―a cornucopia of delightful delineations and lovely line drawings by a true master of the form.


Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Terror Of The Beagle Boys
When Donald and the boys wind up in Old California, the rush is on ― for the gold in them thar hills! Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of outrageous hijinks, preposterous situations, bamboozlement, befuddlement, and all-around cartooning brilliance.