At ’70s Marvel, no one mastered the startling scope and high-concept complexity of cosmic adventure like Jim Starlin! And his work on Adam Warlock set the tone for star-spanning spectacle that is considered a high-water mark to this day. Starlin evolved Warlock to the next level, imbuing the character with the inner demons of a man-god on the brink of insanity. Forced to confront an evil version of himself and the nihilistic menace Thanos, Warlock’s conflicts weren’t just knuckle-grinding throw-downs – they were epic, existential struggles for his very soul. Featuring the first-ever assembling of the Infinity Gems; the debuts of Gamora and Pip the Troll; and an all-out struggle to save the universe joined by the Avengers, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man!
Devil Dinosaur by Jack Kirby Complete Collection TPB
(W/A/CA) Jack Kirby
The adventures of a boy and his dinosaur! At the dawn of human evolution, during a time when primitive man co-existed with the dinosaurs that dominated the Earth, a unique friendship is born – a friendship that may be the only thing that can save mankind! Meet Moon Boy and his Tyrannosaurus pal – the red-skinned Devil Dinosaur – as they face off against giant spiders, enormous ants, and rampaging dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes! And don’t forget the Small Folk, led by the warlord Seven Scars, who rejected Moon Boy for befriending the fearsome Devil – and who aim to dominate the forest by force! Throw in aliens from outer space, and you’ve got a timeless romp through the ages – delivered courtesy of the imagination of Jack “King” Kirby! Collecting DEVIL DINOSAUR #1-9.
(W) Steve Gerber (A) Various (CA) Frank Brunner
Get the full story of how Marvel’s most notorious movie star became trapped in a world he never made! Howard the Duck takes an adventure into fear when he’s plucked from Duckworld and finds himself on Earth, bill to proboscis with the melancholy muck-monster Man-Thing! Stuck here on a planet of hairless apes, the furious fowl forges a future for himself in, of all places, Cleveland. But the would-be Master of Quack Fu will have his wings full hanging out with Spider-Man – and waging “waaaugh” with madcap menaces like the Space Turnip, the Cookie Creature, the Beaver and Doctor Bong. Will that earn him a spot on the Defenders? Better yet, Howard for president! Collecting FEAR #19, MAN-THING (1974) #1, HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) #1-16 and ANNUAL #1, MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #12, and material from GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING #4-5.
(W) Bill Mantlo, Al Milgrom (A) Ed Hannigan & Various (CA) Al Milgrom
Created by the underworld – sworn to destroy it! Cloak and Dagger hit the streets to fight organized crime and super villainy! When they set their sights on the Kingpin, Spider-Man thinks they’re going too far, but his webs can’t rein them in! Plus: The Punisher’s on the prowl, and it’s a problem for everybody! Guest-starring the Black Cat, the New Mutants and the Spidey supporting players of yesteryear! Collecting PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1972) #64, #69-70, #81-82 and #94-96; MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL #6; and MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #19.
(W) Paul Tobin & Various (A) Ronan Cliquet & Various (CA) Aaron Lopresti
The Mad Thinker has taken over Iron Man’s armor, forcing Hawkeye to team up with Tony Stark to bring down the most sophisticated and deadly weapon in the world! Meanwhile, the lovely and lethal Black Widow must protect a secretive mystery man from the world’s greatest assassins! Then, join three of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on a quest unlike any other: Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Captain America think they have a day off from Avengers’ duty, but unseen dangers wait for them at Manhattan’s Museum of Natural History. And on Asgard, Odin decides to have a little fun and switches up his sons’ weapons. Is Loki worthy of Thor’s hammer? Also featuring the villainy of Ultron and the Leader! Collecting SUPER HEROES # 17 and #19, and MARVEL ADVENTURES AVENGERS #1-2. 96 PGS./All Ages
(W) Peter David (A) Roger Cruz & Various (CA) Mike Wieringo
Hold onto your webs, spider-fan! A major character from Peter Parker’s past returns! Meanwhile, is that the Hobgoblin terrorizing the skies? And if so, how is he connected to the shocking changes in Spider-Man’s life? Continuity fans better break out their back issues, because both Spidey’s past and future will change when an old (and unexpected) foe executes his master plan! Plus: Presenting “Weblog,” an off-beat Spidey tale that starts at the very beginning of Spider-Man’s career and goes all the way through to the distant future…as seen through the eyes of a woman who is convinced that the web-slinger has been stalking her her entire life. And finally, think Spider-Man doesn’t have to worry about death anymore, having escaped its grasp in “The Other”? Think again, as – years after his origin – Spider-Man finds himself back in the ring, squaring off against a masked wrestler whose name literally means “Death”…and for good reason!
(W) Mark Waid, James Robinson (A) Werther Dell’Edera, Gabriele Dell’Otto (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
Someone has Spider-Man in their crosshairs, and the only person in the Marvel Universe who can save him is…Peter Parker’s sister?! As the web-slinger meets family he never knew, will she end up becoming his greatest ally, or the one who damns him? And what does the Kingpin of Crime have to do with it? This all-new, original graphic novel – written by Eisner Award winner Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and acclaimed author James Robinson (Superman), and fully painted by the legendary Gabriele Dell’Otto (SECRET WAR) – comes to you in a high-end, oversized format. It’s the web-slinger’s darkest hour – and greatest triumph!
ED BRUBAKER (W), STEVE EPTING (A), STEVE MCNIVEN (CA)
Captain America. Bucky Barnes. The Angel. Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Nick Fury. The Human Torch. Toro. The Phantom Bullet. Witness the birth of the Marvel Universe through the eyes of one of its own Golden Age heroes! As the dashing Angel fights crime in the streets of pre-wartime America of the 1930s and ’40s, he witnesses the rise of an entire generation of titans – of fiery men, undersea kings and inspiring soldiers. Will these Marvels be enough to fight back the onslaught of World War II – including the Nazi’s own super-soldier, the Red Skull? The beginning of the Marvel Age of Heroes is documented in this fast-moving and shocking tale from the mind of writer Ed Brubaker (SECRET AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) and the pen of artist Steve Epting (CAPTAIN AMERICA, FANTASTIC FOUR).
Collecting THE MARVELS PROJECT #1-8.
224 PGS./Rated T+
(W) Bruce Jones, Brian Azzarello (A) John Romita & Various (CA) Kaare Andrews
Bruce Banner thought he’d finally tamed his inner beast – until the Hulk’s latest rampage resulted in a child’s death. His face plastered on news broadcasts nationwide, Banner is a man on the run. Hunted by police and a pair of deadly assassins – and aided only by the elusive “Mr. Blue” – will the beleaguered scientist resort to deadly force to escape his pursuers? Plus: What does it feel like to bear the guilt of responsibility for the death and devastation caused by the Hulk? Banner is finally prepared to end it all with a gun at his temple, but the mysterious, gamma-irradiated government operative Doc Samson wants justice for the Hulk’s actions – and he’s not about to let Banner slip away so easily. Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (2000) #34-39 and STARTLING STORIES: BANNER #1-4. 264 PGS./Parental Advisory
Guzu Gallery Presents Creature Comforts: An Art Show Celebrating Animal & Creature Characters From the World of Pop Culture! Opening Reception: June 9, 2017 * 7-10pm On Display Through: July 10, 2017 It’s that time[...]
DC pits the detectives of Gotham City’s Special Crimes Unit against the city’s greatest villains – in the shadow of Batman himself. (W) Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka (A) Michael Lark Covering: Gotham Central vol 1[...]
2017 marks 40 years of your favorite local comic book store, Austin Books & Comics! In celebration of this, we'll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months. We have lots of fun stuff planned throughout the year, so keep an eye out for our ongoing celebration! We recently asked, what superhero or villain has the best costume… [ 97 more words ]
(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Emanuela Lupacchino (CA) Dustin Weaver
The sequel to the critically acclaimed, best-selling graphic novel Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm! In this “adaptation” of Derrick Storm’s second novel, the private investigator is hired to bug an African head of state’s hotel suite – but the routine mission quickly spirals out of control when Storm overhears a woman’s terrifying scream on the wire. Plagued by the victim’s helpless cry, Storm – despite an ominous warning – investigates. Soon, he’ll discover an international conspiracy reaching further than he ever imagined – and perhaps the truth about Clara Strike, a CIA agent the world thinks is dead! RICHARD CASTLE’S STORM SEASON reunites the lauded writing duo of Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick for their second Castle story, and the dynamic artwork of rising star Emanuela Lupacchino (X-Factor) brings the world of Derrick Storm to life like never before.