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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019



DARK HORSE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to four-page previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, November 13, click on the cover thumbnails or the links below for the individual titles.

* BLACK HAMMER/JUSTICE LEAGUE: HAMMER OF JUSTICE! #5.

* ELFQUEST: STARGAZER'S HUNT #1.



BOOM! STUDIOS' SPACE BEAR

BOOM! Studios has announced a June release for the original graphic novel Space Bear, by cartoonist Ethan Young, "presenting a timely, silent sci-fi story about discovering the unknown and empathy for everyone we encounter because every friendship begins with an act of kindness."

Here's how BOOM! describes the book:

"Pilgrim Finch is an adventurous astronaut bear who explores the cosmos with a mission to bring samples of life back to his home planet. But when he crash lands on a new planet full of surprises and danger around every corner, Pilgrim will be forced to question his orders and learn that therefs only one mission that matters - compassion for all living creatures, no matter the stakes!"

Young is best known for Nanjing: The Burning City, winner of the 2016 Reuben Award for Best Graphic Novel. His other graphic novels include The Battles of Bridget Lee and Life Between Panels. In addition to comic book work, Young is a prolific freelance illustrator, and once served as a character designer on Major Lazer on FXX.

"Space Bear is one of my favorite projects I've worked on that is meant for readers of any age," Young said. "My aim was to make a wordless story that early readers, as well as kids and grown-ups will love. I hope you enjoy following Pilgrim's adventures as much as I enjoyed creating them!"



BOOM! STUDIOS' THE LOST CITY OF HERACLEON

BOOM! Studios has announced a June release for The Lost City of Heracleon, a graphic novel from writer Bruce Livingstone and artist Mike Willcox.

Here's how BOOM! describes the book:

"Called to adventure, young boys Lou and Shiro find themselves on an inter-dimensional submarine captained by an off-the-hinges old man. They soon discover Lou's missing father might still be alive as they are transferred into fully grown warriors headed straight for the battlegrounds of Ancient Egypt, the Lost City, and to 1914 Sarajevo. As the gods tinkering with fate become reckless and apathetic, the boys become part of a legion hell-bent on restoring balance to humanity."

"A beautifully hand-illustrated and thrilling story about two best friends who master their fears and enter into an epic adventure. Slipping through dimensions, they battle mythical monsters and seek a parler with ancient Gods who donft quite measure up to their reputations," Livingstone said. "In the process they find their courage and their long, lost father."

"I had a blast illustrating this book, with my goal to make it as fun and enjoyable to read as possible," Wilcox said. "It's over 200 pages of epicness with glimmers of comedy and tragedy, set in an ever-changing backdrop of adventure. Can't wait for you to make it to the Lost City."



BRIEFLY

NEW TITLE: 2000 AD has announced it is launching a new title in April -- Best of 2000 AD -- as a 12-issue U.S.-format, perfect-bound series featuring a selection of the most exciting science-fiction comics from the UK publisher.

The first new major monthly title from the publisher in almost 30 years, the first 100-page issue will be headlined by a self-contained 48-page Judge Dredd adventure and supported by three of the stand-out series from the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, primarily focusing on the Rebellion era.

The title boasts new covers from a a line-up of artists including Jamie McKelvie (for #1), Becky Cloonan, Charlie Adlard, Erica Henderson and Annie Wu, with more to be revealed. The 12-issue volume will feature design Tom Muller.

"There are very few comics that have had -- and continue to have -- the impact of 2000 AD," said editor Matt Smith. "But we often hear, 'Where do I start reading?' With Best of 2000 AD that question has a brand new answer -- accessible, contemporary, high-quality story-telling, available every month direct from your local comic book store. There's never been a better way to discover some of the best modern comics."

NEW WATCHMEN: Here's how HBO describes "Little Fear of Lightning," the episode of Watchmen scheduled to premiere on Sunday, Nov. 17:

"The origin story of Looking Glass is at last revealed, as is the truth behind the great hoax in American history. The Smartest Man in the World plots a daring escape."

STUMPTOWN PRE-EMPTED: Stumptown will not air on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Here's how ABC describes "November Surprise," the next episode airing Wednesday, Nov. 20.

"Dex goes undercover after she is hired by a local politician to dig up dirt on his political opponent. Meanwhile, Grey and Liz's romance continues, and Dex celebrates a tense Friendsgiving at Bad Alibi."

The episode was written by Mike Weiss and directed by David Rodriguez.

VERY BRIEFLY: BOOM! Studios has announced a third printing for Folklords #1, to be in stores on Dec. 4 with a new cover by Peter Bergting.



DECEMBER 2019 SOLICITATIONS

Below are solicitations posted for December. Click on the publisher's name for the full listings.

* ARCHIE COMICS.

* BOOM! STUDIOS.

* DARK HORSE COMICS.

* DC COMICS.

* IDW PUBLISHING.

* MARVEL COMICS.









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