Comics & Graphic Novels

Recent and Upcoming Releases

COMICS (COMING SOON, CURRENT & ON-GOING)

  • Charlie’s Angels vs The Bionic Woman
    Just in case the upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie doesn’t seem ridiculous enough, there’s some more silliness available down at your local comic book shop. Dynamite Comics have once more jammed two of their licensed properties into the blender and poured out this puréed blend of high camp and low-ball La-Z-Boy nostalgia, teaming up the gals with Jaime Sommers, The Bionic Woman, to prevent bionic patents from being used for military purposes. (July 2019)
  • Clue: Candlestick
    You’ve played the board game, you’ve seen the movie (and all three of its endings). Now read this goofy new comic book mini-series from IDW by writer/artist Dash Shaw. It’s just an amazing piece of comic art: clever, smart-ass and cheeky — a psychological bungee jump into the heart of the game. Go ahead — just try and crack the case. (Starts May 2019)
  • Joe Golem
    Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s occult detective with the mysterious past returns in this new five-part miniseries fro Dark Horse, but he’s dead. (Starts May 2019)
  • FairLady
    Jessica Jones never had a giant, hunky CatMan for a partner. But Jenner Faulds, the female P.I. in this new monthly fantasy series from Image does.It’s being pitched as Magnum P.I. meets Fables. Uh-huh…(Monthly)
  • Stiletto: Officer Down
    When two cops guarding a material witness are gunned down, detectives Alphonse and Maynard investigate but soon discover there’s a leak inside the police department in this three-parter from Lion Forge comics. (April 2019)
  • Detective Comics #1000
    A landmark issue of the title that literally defines DC, and the first comic book dedicated to — what else? — detectives.  Of course, the focus of the book has long since been hijacked by a certain Dark Knight, and it’s a good bet that this 96-page issue will ignore most of the great detectives — private or otherwise — that have graced its pages over the last eighty years. Batman rocks, of course, but it still  would have been nice to see some mention of Speed Saunders, Larry SteeleRoy Raymond or any of the countless others. At least Slam Bradley, the original star of the show, makes a cameo. (The extra-big, 1000th issue goes on sale on March 27)
  • Vindication Buy the graphic novel Kindle/ComiXology
    Not a P.I. story, but anyone looking for a gritty, hard-boiled tale ripped from the headlines ought to check out MD Marie’s four-parter from Top Cow/Image. 
    Turn Washington, who’s black, is just out of prison, exonerated of a murder charge, and Chip Christopher, who’s white, is the cop who put him there, isn’t convinced Turn is innocent. But it’s not that simple — the two men grew up in the same neighborhood and knew many of the same people. It gets complicated… (February 2019)
  • Wyrd Kindle/ComiXology
    A new, mini-series from Dark Horse written by Curt Pires and Antonio Fuso. Investigator-for-hire Pitor Wyrd  is the one the U.S. government calls when things get too weird and peculiar. Not that anyone has accused Wyrd of being exactly normal — he’s apparently immortal and invincible, a nice combination when you’re sticking your nose into things that go bump in the night. Think of him as a one-man X-Files, only suicidal. (Starts January 2019)
  • Criminal Kindle/ComiXology
    Crime comic kings Brubaker and Phillips are back on the mean streets of their most popular title, now monthly!  Career criminal Teeg Lawless is back in town, trying to get his tearaway teenage son out of a jam. Mayhem will ensue. (Monthly)
  • Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter
    Bendis may be gone, but Kelly Thompson keeps on truckin’ in a second three-issue, six-part digital mini-series that picks up right where Blind Spot left off. (January 2019)
  • Breakneck Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Run! Hide! Duane Swierczynski is coming to Hard Case Crime Comics, with a limited series blast of hard-boiled pulpitude. A sap! A cheating wife! A terrorist plot! A government operative with an agenda of his own! How hard is this gonna be? Harder than spelling Duane’s last name. (December 2018)

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COLLECTIONS

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  • Ms. Tree, Volume Two: Skeltons in the Closet Buy the book
    Second collection of the DC/Vertigo run. (January 2020)
  • Ms. Tree, Volume One: One Mean Mother Buy the book  Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Long overdue collection of Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty’s 9mm-toting Chicago private eye, Michael Tree, rounding up her first five story arcs for DC (which Collins considers “the best” of the long-running series) for a whole new generation of fans. (September 2019)
  • Hawkeye: Private Eye Buy the book
    This one collects all sixteen issues of Kelly Thompson’s fun take on Kate Bishop (aka “the girl Hawkeye”) as she sets up in Venice Beach as a private eye.(August 2019)
  • Rip Kirby, Volume 11: 1973-75 Buy the book
    Yet another classy, hardcover volume, reprinting eleven more stories of the longest-running modern P.I. strip, starring the debonair private detective, written by Fred Dickenson and drawn by John Prentice. (July 2019)
  • Criminal: Bad WeekendBuy the bookKindle/ComiXology it!
    Pissed (and pissed off) comics vet Hal Crane is set to appear at some out-of-town convention where they’re going to give him a lifetime achievement award, but he wants to settle a few scores first. Anyone who thought the comics industry was all BIFF! BAM!  POW! sunshine lollipops has to read this. Expanded from the recent Criminal two-parter fan favourite by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, so you know it’s good. (July 2019)

  • Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter | Buy the graphic novel
    Rounds up in print all six parts of Kelly Thompson’s digital-only continuation of the adventures of everyone’s favourite alcoholic, messed up former superhero turned private eye. The Purple Man is dead; long live the Purple Man. (May 2019)
  • Nancy Drew Cold Case: The Palace of Wisdom | Buy the graphic novel
    Collects all five issues of the Kelly (Hawkeye, Jessica Jones) Thompson-scripted arc, with kid-friendly art by Jenn St-Onge. Somebody’s trying to kill the world’s most perfect girl detective. Could it be one of her friends? A bigger mystery? Why was the original arc titled “The Case of the Cold Case”? (April 2019)
  • Stumptown: The Case of a Cup of Joe | Buy this book
    Paperback collection of the last arc featuring Greg Rucka’s scrappy Portland comic book eye, Dex Pariois. This oughtta whet your whistle for the upcoming TV pilot starring Colbie “How I Met Your Mother” Smulders on ABC. (March 2019)
  • Stray Bullets: Roses and Sunshine Volume 4 | Buy the book
    The latest collection of David Lapham’s never-ending Eisner Award-winning saga of of bad intentions, bad choices and bad luck. Take the money and run, run, run, run, run… (March 2019)
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Buy it now
    Brand new prose tales of Old Time Radio’s “man with the action-packed expense account.” Contributors include Gary Phillips, Tommy Hancock, Joe Gentile, Ron Fortier, Eric Fein, Bobby Nash, Josh Reynolds, & Barry Reese. There’s also a deluxe edition which includes the complete, 48-page Moonstone comic book from 2003. (February 2019)
  • The Be-Bop Barbarians | Buy the book | Kindle it!
    Rabble rouser Gary Phillips drops a fifties-set graphic novel that somehow turns jazz, comics, the Civil Rights movement, the Red Scare, superheroes and more into a burning hunk of agit-prop. Illustrated by
     legendary artist Dale Berry. (February 2019)
  • Green River Killer: A True Detective Story | Buy the book Kindle/ComiXology
    Re-issue of award-winning graphic novel that follows Tom Jensen, the Seattle cop who finally nailed one of America’s most notorious serial killers, and the toll it took on him personally and professionally — written by his son! Features a new introduction by Brian Michael Bendis. (February 2019)
  • Nathaniel Dusk: The Complete Collection | Buy the book
    At long last, the entire run of this acclaimed series from the eighties in one volume, digitally remastered and ready to take on all callers. Nathaniel Dusk was a Depression-era private eye working the Big Apple who appeared in two acclaimed mini-series, by comics legends Don McGregor and Gene Colan. (January 2019).
  • Gary Phillips’ Hollis For Hire (2018) Buy this book | Kindle it!
    Not a graphic novel or even a comic book, but fans of Phillips’ big-shouldered African-American eye will be happy to see him back in action in this new collection of prose
    stories by Phillips, Sara Paretsky, Scott Adlerberg, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Naomi Hirahara and Sarah M. Chen.
  • The Black Dahlia | Buy the book | Kindle it/ComiXology!
    Forget Ellroy’s one-handed take on the subject. This paperback reprint of master comic book guy and true crime specialist Rick Geary’s take on the life and death of 22-year old Elizabeth Short, whose body was drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, cut in two and dumped in a Los Angeles vacant lot in 1947, is the one that you want. Like all of Geary’s “Treasury of XXth Murder” series, it’s meticulously researched, and his offbeat illustration style keeps things from getting too grim — or too comfortable. (December 2018)
  • Goldfish | Buy the book | Kindle it/Comixology! 
    The Jinxworld returns! Now that Brian Michael Bendis is hanging his cape next to Superman’s, all his older series are being re-issued in snazzy, updated collections, including this gritty little speck of noir featuring scam artist Goldfish finally returning to Cleveland, hoping to set his world right. It doesn’t go well. Best part? It introduces characters we’ll soon see again in Jinx. (December 2018) 
  • The Fade-Out Buy the book | Kindle it/Comixology!
    A snazzy new reprint of the super duper deluxe edition by Eisner-winning Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, collecting the entire run collects the entire run of the acclaimed series; a primo slice of Hollywood noir set in the 1940s, revolving around blacklisted writers, doomed starlets, closeted matinee idols, blackmailers, possibly insane studio heads and, oh yes, the publicity flacks and guns-for-hire who try to keep a lid on it all. To no avail, of course — this is like lifting the Hollywood sign up, just to see what’s squirming around under there…. (November 2018)
  • Stray Bullets: Roses and Sunshine Volume 3 | Buy the book | Kindle it/ComiXology!
    The latest collection of David Lapham’s ongoing tour de force just keeps rolling on; a never-ending Mississippi of bad intentions, bad choices and bad luck. Porn ‘staches apparently aren’t enough. Collects  #17-24 (November 2018)
  • The Girl Who Danced With Death Buy the book
    This graphic novel collects all three issues of Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics’s recent three-issue mini-series, featuring everyone’s favourite crazy mixed up kid, written by Sylvain Runberg (who did such a bang-up job on HHC/TC’s recent adaptation of the original trilogy), with art by Belen Ortega. (November 2018)
  • Jessica Jones: Blind Spot | Buy the book | Kindle it/Comixology!
    Kelly “Hawkeye” Thompson takes over from the decamped Bendis, but shows she’s got the right stuff, zig-zagging between Jessica’s domestic and professional  worlds; as the hard luck Big Apple eye struggles to reconcile her troubled past with her just-as-troubled present. Collects all six parts of the digital mini-series. (October 2018)
  • Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer: The Night I DiedBuy the book | Kindle it/Comixology!
    All four issues of Max Allan Collins’ adaptation of a Spillane radio script collected. (October 2018)
  • My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies Buy the book
    Partners in crime Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips unleash their first original graphic novel, featuring a teenage junkie who definitely picks the wrong rehab clinic. (October 2018)
  • Stumptown, Volume 3:  The Case of the King of Clubs | Buy the book
    Third (and final?) collection of Greg Rucka’s kick-ass P.I. series, featuring kick-ass Portland P.I. Dex Parios (September 2018)
  • Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48|  Buy the book
    The annual bible for comic collectors, full of current prices, market reports, tips and fantastic illustrations, plus articles marking the 80th anniversary of Action Comics #1, the  50th anniversary of Marvel’s 1968 expansion and the 50th anniversary of film Planet of the Apes and the comics that followed in its wake. (July 2018)
  • Eight Million Ways to Die | Buy the book | Kindle it! 
    Lawrence Block’s harrowing, stone-cold classic crime novel, featuring a rapidly deteriorating, alcoholic private eye Matt Scudder as he circles the drain, finally gets a graphic novel treatment, courtesy of master comics writer/illustrater John K. Snyder III. Label it 100 % noir, and remember: it’s Larry-approved! One of the best crime comics of the year. (July 2018)
  • Quarry’s War | Buy the book | Kindle it!
    The incredible series that just will not die! Max Allan Collins’ early series antihero, professional hitman Quarry, having appeared in novels, short stories and television, now heads to comics, thanks to the good golks at Hard Case. This collection rounds up all the issues in the first story arc, offering a split-screen take on Quarry’s formative days as a sniper in Vietnam, and his early days working for The Broker. (July 2018)
  • Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini | Buy the book | Kindle it!
    Hard Case Crime slides out of its hard-boiled shell to offer a fantasy-tinged historical limited series set in the world of 1920s magic. Plucky, rabbit-loving Minky Woodcock is tired of being dismissed by her private detective father, and so decides to tackle a case on her own — one that involves celebrated escape artist Harry Houdini. Here there be treachery, violence, a healthy dose of conspiracy, and dash of whimsy and sex. (July 2018)
  • Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald | Buy the book | Kindle it!
    Sherlock Holmes, Whitechapel, Queen Victoria and… Lovecraft’s Cthulhu. (July 2018)
  • Dakota North: Design for Dying | Buy this book | Kindle it!
    Marvel’s original fashion model turned private eye from the eighties finally gets her props, in a long time coming collection, rounding up her original five-issue run, plus appearances in Web of Spider-Man, Power Pack, Marvel Super-Heroes and, best of all, her pleasantly gritty reboot, courtesy of Ed Brubaker in Daredevil #107-110. (June 2018)
  • Joe Golem: The Outer Dark/Flesh and Blood Buy this book Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Joe Golem may be made of mud, but he may be the Drowning City’s only hope. (June 2018)
  • The Complete Danny Danger: The Tough, Cool-Headed but Hot-Blooded Private Detective | Buy this book
    Reprints all the stories featuring the horndog eye from the early fifties. Stand by for cheese. (June 2018)
  • Alack Sinner: The Age of Disenchantment | Buy this book
    The second of two volumes from IDW collects — at long last — all of Alack Sinner’s classic adventures by argentinian ex-pats Carlos Sampayo and Jodee Munoz, arranged in chronological order in English for the first time, following the sad sack shamus from the down and dirty NYC of the seventies and eighties right up to the 2000s. This is it! Classic P.I. comic stuff! (May 2018)
  • Weegee: Serial Photographer | Buy the book
    Gritty, noir-soaked graphic novel by Max de Radigues and Wauter Mannaert follows the notorious crime scene photographer of the 30s and 40s who prowled Manhattan’s Lower East Side, as he rushes to capture the desperate, the dying and the deceased, and the toll it takes on him. Translated from the French. (May 2018)
  • Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 3: Family Reunion Buy this book | Kindle/ComiXology
    LA P.I. and sometime superhero Kate Bishop (aka “Hawkeye”) teams up with Cliff Barton (the other Hawkeye) to track down her allegeddly dead mom. Collects Hawkeye#13-16 And Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1.
  • Normandy Gold Buy the book | Kindle it!
    Holy crap! And here I thought Megan (Dare Me, You Will Know Me, etc.) Abbott and Alison (Brenna Spector) Gaylin were nice girls!!! This Hard Case Crime graphic novel, which rounds up their recently completed mini-series,  is NOT what you expected! Washington state sheriff Normany Gold comes out of the woods and goes undercover (way, way undercover) to track down her missing kid sister in the Big City. It’s sleazy, cheesy fun, full of violence and sex and the nastiest knife this side of Crocodile Dundee! (April 2018)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest | Buy this book
    Paperback edition of final graphic novel adaptation of Steig Larsson’s bestselling Millennium Trilogy by Sylvain Runberg, with artwork by José Homs and Manolo Carot. (April 2018)
  • Reefer Madness | Buy this book | Kindle it!
    Edited and designed by Craig Yoe, this is a hilarious romp through the American comic book portrayal of the Demon Weed from the thirties  through the fifties… and beyond. Enjoy the Hemp Hysteria as it was actually portrayed, brought to you by such comics legends as Jerry Siege, Joe Shuster, Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more. Enjoy responsibly. (April 2018)

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