Every month, there is a wealth of new comics and comics-related product that hits our local comic book shops. While some of us may be able to afford to buy everything we see, the rest of us need to be a little more careful with what we spend our money on - especially in the modern economy and with the price of comics rising seemingly month after month. That's why CraveOnline has the Monthly Comics Guide, to help our readers gauge just where their money might be headed in the coming month.
What is worth checking out? What will give you the most bang for your buck? We've compiled various different sections that should pander to whatever type of reader you may be. First and foremost, we've got individual issues for those that collect the floppies from week to week. We're also introducing sections on collected editions, original graphic novels, comics-related toys/collectibles, and comic/nerd-related DVDs. Hopefully there is something for everyone, and we encourage your feedback, so contact us!
Please not that all entries are based on the month's issue of Previews, the comic retailer's order guide. It's possible that some books will be delayed - or even canceled - but we will do our best to stay up to date.
Superman/Batman Annual #4 (DC)
Fans have been clamoring for it for a decade now, and it's finally happening this month. Two-fold, in fact. Terry McGinnis, Batman of the future, is making his way to the DCU, starting with Paul Levitz's Superman/Batman Annual #4. Look for it on shelves June 2.
Batman Beyond #1 (DC)
Even more exciting than the Superman/Batman Annual is Terry McGinnis' very own six issue mini-series written by Adam Beechen with art from Ryan Benjamin and covers by Dustin Nguyen. Someone is targeting Bruce Wayne's old enemies, and Terry has to dig into his past in order to stop it from happening. It's an exciting time for Batman Beyond fans who have been itching to return to Neo-Gotham. Batman Beyond #1 comes out June 16.
American Vampire #4 (Vertigo)
Not... enough... vampires... If you've been somehow resisting this series for some ridiculously obnoxious ignorant reason, please: stop. Go. Buy. American Vampire #4 comes out June 23.
I, Zombie #2 (Veritgo)
After an impressive debut outing, I'm incredibly excited to return to the Dan Clowes-inspired zombie world of I, Zombie, following an attractive young zombie girl and her hipster mod-ghost friend and bevy of other such supernatural characters. Writer Chris Roberson and artist Michael Allred deliver a clever zombie detective story that will surely find a die-hard audience within the next 6 months. I, Zombie #2 releases June 2.
Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #1 (WildStorm)
Though it was Alan Moore that created Tom Strong and the awesomeness inherent to it, writer Peter Hogan has done a bang-up job every time he's written the character. With Robots of Doom, Hogan and Strong co-creator Chris Sprouse bring us to a world where Nazis rule under the leadership of Tom's estranged son Albrecht, mere days before Tesla's wedding. Tom Strong + Nazis = comic book gold. Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #1 releases June 2.
DV8: Gods and Monsters #3 (WildStorm)
Only two issues in and Brian Wood and Rebekah Issac's DV8 is definitely one of the creepiest superhero comics ever to hit print. With an exciting air of impending doom and subtle character development, Gods and Monsters is priming to bring Warren Ellis' DV8 characters further than any of us had ever imagined ten years ago. DV8: Gods and Monsters #3 hits shelves June 16.
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat #1 (Marvel)
Where cat-themed antiheroes go, I shall follow. Though Felicia Hardy is nowhere near as intriguing as Selina Kyle, I'll take what I can get. Tying into the "Grim Hunt" storyline, Black Cat finds herself hunting down the hunters that are after Peter and his family. Black Cat #1 comes out June 16.
Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 (Marvel)
Despite my complaints about Iron Man-mania, at least Marvel has consistently delivered when it comes to Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca's Invincible Iron Man. With the series' first annual, Fraction takes a look at one of Iron Man's most nefarious villains in The Mandarin. Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 comes out June 30.
Buzzard #1 (Dark Horse)
Back in January we reported that Eric Powell's Buzzard character from The Goon would be getting his own mini-series, and now here we are: six months later and the first issue is set to debut from Dark Horse. How time flies. Buzzard #1 comes out June 9.
Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #3 (DC)
Though I was admittedly disappointed with the second installment of the series, I'm hoping issue #3 returns to form as artist Yanick Paquette takes over to show us High Seas Batman. Swashbuckling and Bruce Wayne go hand in hand obviously, so I'm very excited to see how Grant Morrison and company infuse the series with a bit of adventure. Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #3 will be out June 16.
Gotham Central Book 3: On the Freak Beat HC (DC)
I've long maintained that Gotham Central is probably the most original Bat-book ever to grace shelves. And as I mentioned in our Essential Stories: Bruce Wayne as Batman feature, it's also a key series leading to complete understanding of the Bruce Wayne character in that by taking Batman out of the equation, we get to see just how influential he's become in the lives of Gotham's finest. Gotham Central Book 3: On the Freak Beat releases June 9.
Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol. 1 HC (DC)
Grant Morrison's epic tome of interweaving superhero drama hits hardcover for the first time with this collection, which includes Seven Soldiers of Victory #0, The Guardian #1-4, Klarion #1-3, Zatanna #1-3 and The Shining Knight #1-3 with art from greats like JH Williams III, Ryan Sook and Simone Bianchi. If you've found it tough to get your hands on all these original issues, this new hardcover is the way to go. Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol. 1 HC releases June 16.
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark Vol. 2 Omnibus (Marvel)
Second only to Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev's run on the title, Brubaker and Lark's impressive run on Daredevil was a superb follow up to one of the best of all time. Collecting the second half of their run, including the phenomenal Blood of the Tarantula one-shot and the heart clenching Return of the King arc, this is not a hardcover you can afford to miss, whether you own the original issues or not. This collection comes out on June 3.
Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes (DC)
Adam Hughes. Catwoman. I rest my case.
Punisher Max: Kingpin Premiere HC (Marvel)
Jason Aaron's debut arc on the new Punisher Max may have been more about Wilson Fisk than Frank Castle, but it was ridiculously violent and disturbing as we expected it to be. Sometimes a bit over the top, Aaron's depiction of The Punisher's world is quickly becoming a monthly favorite of mine. Punisher Max: Kingpin Premiere Hardcover is out June 16.
Original Graphic Novels
Jonah Hex: No Way Back (DC)
Just in time for the upcoming Jonah Hex film (surprise!), regular Hex writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti team with classic Hex artist Tony DeZuniga to deliver an original graphic novel telling the story of Jonah's tragic past. Exploring his early family life, No Way Back tells the story of how a young man became the badass bounty hunter we know and love today. Jonah Hex: No Way Back releases June 2.
Neil Young's Greendale (Veritgo)
Neil Young's 2003 album Greendale was acclaimed for its thematic depiction of growing up in a fictional California town in a post 9/11 United States, and Vertigo Comics is furthering the album, film and concert experiences years later with a graphic novel written by The Unknown Solider's Joshya Dysart and the amazing Cliff Chiang. It's an interesting concept not only in terms of Young's intent but also in showcasing comics as another necessary pillar of artistic expression. Look for it June 9.
A God Somewhere (WildStorm)
Written by the talented John Arcudi, A God Somewhere takes a new perspective on the classic superhero story when normal guy Eric finds himself with superpowers, only to find that it does nothing but alienate him beyond anything he could have imagined. Told from the perspective of a close friend, A God Somewhere is shaping up to be a remarkable character study of a man uniquely alone in the universe. A God Somewhere is set for release on June 2.
Werewolves of Montpellier (Fantagraphics)
Mother. Effing. Jason. I've talked about him at length multiple times during my time with CraveOnline, and finally he's got a new OGN from Fantagraphics scheduled for June, titled Werewolves of Montpellier. Sven is an artist that raids peoples homes dressed as a werewolf in France, who soon finds that his useless existence has come into jeopardy, all told in the classic Jason animal-people style. I can't wait.
Toys & Collectibles
History of the DC Universe Series 4
With a bizarre assortment that includes Captain Atom, Kobra, Martian Manhunter and Superman as Nightwing, this latest series of DC Direct's History of the DC Universe is a must-have. I like that DC chose to go with the original style Captain Atom, it's a super cool throwback.
Poison Ivy 1:6 Scale Collector Figure
Who doesn't want a huge Poison Ivy figure? Featuring my particular favorite green-hued look to the character, DC Direct's interpretation with 28 points of articulation is perfect for figure pervs everywhere, and for the rest of us there's the typical beautiful display box.
Batman Black & White Frank Quitely Statue
Based on his cover from Batman and Robin #1, DC Direct delivers another great statue in their line of Batman Black & White. More importantly, to my knowledge, I believe this is technically the first statue/figure of Dick Grayson as Batman. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm glad it's Quitely's work they based it off of.
A-Team: The Complete Series
With the new film coming out and a great collection of A-Team comics from IDW Publishing, now is the time to hop in your hot tub time machine and check out the original show in its entirety. It's out June 8.
Sam Raimi's original superhero film with the amazing cast of Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand is a cult classic that spawned a few dastardly sequels, but the original remains as one of the more unique entries of everyone's careers. Plus, it's better than Spider-Man 3. Darkman comes out on Blu-ray June 15.
Flash Gordon (Blu-ray)
The Queen-laced (awesome) Flash Gordon film (terrible) from 1980 is finally coming to Blu-ray, for the six of you that have been foaming at the mouth to own it in HD. Flash Gordon on Blu-ray comes out June 15.
Family Matters: The Complete First Season