THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN Concludes!

Welcome to the story to end all stories. Two decades of literary League lunacy have all been building to this, the most ambitious meta-comic imaginable.

After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest. Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world’s most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.

Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2,996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero’s Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast-list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories. Originally published as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy children’s comics that would make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus also reprints classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reaches of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST.

Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest — HARDCOVER
by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
ISBN 978-1-60309-456-6 • Diamond: MAY190661
$29.99 (US) • full-color interiors • for mature readers
a 224-page hardcover graphic novel • free 3-D glasses • 6 5/8″ x 10 3/8″

Cosmoknights

For this ragtag band of space gays,
liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game.

Pan’s life used to be very small. Work in her dad’s body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. It didn’t even matter that Tara was a princess… until one day it very much did matter, and Pan had to say goodbye forever.

Years later, when a charismatic pair of off-world gladiators show up on her doorstep, she finds that life may not be as small as she thought.

On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan discovers the astonishing secrets of her neo-medieval world… and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down.

Cosmoknights (Book One) by Hannah Templer
ISBN 978-1-60309-454-2 • Diamond: MAY190659
$19.99 (US) • full-color interiors • Adult/YA crossover
a 216-page softcover graphic novel with flaps, • 6 5/8″ x 10 3/8″

strayed #1

Most cats have nine lives, but the fates of billions rest on this feline.

In the far future, a military-industrial complex reigns over all humanity and actively destroys distant alien worlds. The galaxy’s only hope can be found through an unlikely pair: an astral-projecting cat named Lou and his loving owner Kiara. Trading nine lives for the well-being of billions, their revolt is a battle for love, friendship, compassion, and the soul of humanity.

CREATORS:

Writer: Carlos Giffoni
Artist: Juan Doe

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Geek Girl Crime War

Created and written by Sam Johnson (The Almighties, Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman) and illustrated by Carlos Granda (Charmed, Grimm Fairy Tales), the original Geek-Girl Mini-Series introduced the world to attractive, popular Maine college co-ed Ruby Kaye – a girl used to getting whatever she wants…

On a drunken whim, Ruby landed a pair of power-inducing super-tech glasses from her college’s resident brainiac; but rather than impressing her friends, Ruby alienated the majority of her clique while klutzily trying to demonstrate her new-found abilities – accidentally knocking drinks over their expensive designer dresses. Her BFF Summer James was into what Ruby could do now, though – and pushed her into trying to be a super-hero (jokily giving her the moniker ‘Geek-Girl,’ following her klutzy actions) – which climaxed with Ruby stopping super-villain Lightning Storm from taking over their city of Maine but, electrocuted by Lightning Storm in the process, getting left in a coma!

Johnson brings us up to speed for the new Geek-Girl: Crime War TPB – collecting the first four issues of Geek-Girl’s new, ongoing series: “Summer’s feeling a bit responsible for what happened to Ruby, and has got the super-tech glasses and is trying to fill in for her as ‘Geek-Girl’. Jock super-hero Pit Bull has taken her under his wing with the intention of training her up to go solo – but Summer is having a hard time of it.” Johnson continues, “Lightning Storm did a lot of damage to law enforcement in Maine, which is now badly undermanned, and there’s a crime wave going on.”

And things are about to escalate into a crime war, as a new bunch of villains have entered the scene, looking to make a name for themselves and clean up. Johnson continues, “The League of Larcenists are a quirky bunch of villains lead by Pig Head – a guy whose brain has been fused with a pig’s (with a face to match). The crew are packing serious tech, including blasters and a teleporter, and are pulling bank jobs, with the intention of gaining a reputation and growing in number.

“Meanwhile, Ruby’s previously-estranged clique are looking to ingratiate themselves back in with Ruby, now that she’s popular again after saving their city – and they perceive Summer as trying to ride on Ruby’s coat-tails now she’s doing the ‘Geek-Girl thing.’ As a result, they’ve now put her out in the cold – and when Ruby comes out of her coma, she and her BFF Summer’s reunion doesn’t exactly go how Summer would have expected…
Written by Johnson, illustrated by Carlos Granda and colored by Chunlin Zhao, Geek-Girl: Crime War TPB is Out Now and available at Amazon and www.geekgirlcomics.com

I AM C-3PO: The Inside Story.

This fall, discover the incredible untold story of one of Star Wars’ most iconic characters, C-3PO, by the man
who knows him best—with a foreword by J.J. Abrams.

For more information, go to www.dk.com/us/category/comics-film-and-tv-star-wars

the Star Wars Skywalker saga

Explore the world of The Rise of Skywalker in unparalleled detail, with images and facts from the new movie, plus all of your favorite heroes and villains.
(Perfect for fans of all ages!)

For more information, go to www.dk.com/us/category/comics-film-and-tv-star-wars

A Letter To Jo

This unforgettable graphic novel presents the gripping firsthand account of a Polish-American machinegunner in World War II, adapted from a genuine letter home from the author’s own grandfather.

As Leonard fights on the frontlines of World War II, memories of Josephine and home help keep him alive. As Josephine contends with life, family, and work in Cleveland, letters from Leonard sustain her. But official censorship forces him to leave out much of the most significant action he sees.

Finally, with the war coming to an end, Leonard is able to tell his full story. In a quietly beautiful letter to Josephine, Leonard writes of the loneliness he felt, the camaraderie he experienced, and the terrible violence he witnessed.

Now, Josephine and Leonard’s grandson Joseph Sieracki has carefully researched the battles Leonard describes and expanded the letter into a moving tale of a young man’s fears and bravery far from home. Brought to heart-wrenching life by the paintbrushes of Kelly Williams (Creepy, Eerie), A Letter to Jo is at once a tender love story and harrowing battlefield memoir.

A Letter to Jo by Joseph Sieracki & Kelly Williams
ISBN 978-1-60309-452-8 • Diamond: APR190693
$19.99 (US) • full-color interiors • for teens and adults
a 144-page softcover graphic novel with flaps, • 6 5/8″ x 10 3/8″

For more information, go to https://topshelfproductionsinc.com/

The new American Comic Book Chronicles volume examines comics of 1940-1944

Now shipping is the latest volume in TwoMorrows Publishing’s groundbreaking series of full-color hardcovers, where top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today.

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944 examines the World War II Golden Age of comic books, a period that presented the earliest adventures of such iconic super-heroes as Batman, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Author Kurt Mitchell and collaboratorRoy Thomas composed this volume about the era when America’s entry into World War II was presaged by the arrival of such patriotic do-gooders as Will Eisner’s Uncle Sam, Harry Shorten and Irv Novick’s The Shield, and Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America. It was when teenage culture found expression in a fumbling red-haired high school student named Archie Andrews. But most of all, the first five years of the 1940s was the age of the “packagers” when studios headed by men like Harry A Chesler, Will Eisner, and Jerry Iger churned out material for a plethora of new comic book companies that published the entire gamut of genres, from funny animal stories to crime tales to jungle sagas to science-fiction adventures. 

These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustively researched book. Taken together with other volumes on the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for any comic book enthusiast.

The publisher is currently running a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund new printings of the sold-out 1950s and 1980s volumes. It was fully funded in less than 12 hours, guaranteeing the entire series of comics history books will stay in print as the company readies the final volume on 1945-49 for release in Spring 2020.

A limited number of digital and print review copies are available upon request—please specify the format you prefer. If you have not reviewed for TwoMorrows previously, please include a brief list of your credentials when requesting review copies.

The authors are available for interviews upon request.

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944

(288-page full-color Hardcover) $45.95

(Digital Edition) $15.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-089-2

Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: FEB192024 

A free preview of the book is available at the publisher’s ordering link:

http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=95_94&products_id=1404

H.G. WELLS’ THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU #1

IDW founder and Diablo House writer/co-creator Ted Adams joins Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez to present an all-new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel. As relevant today as when Wells wrote it in 1896, The Island of Doctor Moreau addresses the question all scientists should ask themselves: “Just because we can do something, does that mean we should?”

This bold adaptation gives us a new protagonist in the form of Ellen Prendick, whose point of view shines a new light upon the horrific events on the cursed island, providing unique insights into one of the world’s favorite stories. For more information, go to https://www.idwpublishing.com/product/h-g-wells-the-island-of-dr-moreau-1-of-2

THEY CALLED US ENEMYOOOOO

In a stunning graphic memoir, actor/author/activist George Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father’s — and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What is American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.

They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, & Harmony Becker
ISBN 978-1-60309-450-4 • Diamond: MAR190630
$19.99 (US) • black & white interiors • for young adults (13+) and up
a 192-page softcover graphic novel with flaps • 6.5″ x 9″

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FLLibrary Takes Flight at the Airport

FLLibrary Takes Flight at the Airport
Visitors to Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) can get free music and movies “on the fly” at the new Broward County FLLibrary, a satellite library location featuring the latest in streaming media technology.

The FLLibrary opened Wednesday, June 12th and is located between Terminals 3 and 4. At this innovative new space, passengers can relax, recharge their devices and recharge their minds with free music and movies. The walls of the FLLibrary have QR codes that passengers can scan to get an online Instant eCard and have immediate access to free online music and movies.

This is the latest partnership for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Broward County Library. In 2011, the airport was the first in the world to broadcast a QR code directing travelers to free online library materials. For more information, go to www.broward.org/Library/Pages/default.aspx

TRANSFORMERS/ GHOSTBUSTERS #1

“GHOSTS OF CYBERTRON” PART 1! After years of civil war, the Autobots fled Cyberton, leaving their home planet in the evil clutches of Megatron and his Decepticons. Years later and millions of miles away, the Autobots pick up a Cybertronian distress signal from a mysterious planet called Earth. The ghostly signal shouldn’t exist, and it’ll bring Optimus Prime and his team—including brand-new Autobot ECTOTRON—face-to-face with… the GHOSTBUSTERS!

For more information, go to idwpublishing.com

Spotlight on Classics on Infinite Earths

n this series, acclaimed comics scholar Dr. Julian Darius argues that the DC Universe is old enough to have produced a canon of classic stories. Here, he analyzes this canon as it pertains to the Justice League and DC’s universe-wide crossovers.

Since 1940, DC Comics has been bringing its heroes together, first as the Justice Society, then (beginning in 1960) as the Justice League, and finally (beginning in 1985) in universe-wide crossovers. Shared super-hero universes achieved widespread attention in the wake of Marvel’s movies, but DC’s been paving the way since 1940.

A decade in the making, Classics on Infinite Earths takes readers on a tour of this history, using discussion of classic stories as a unique way of illuminating the history and evolution of the DC Universe. In the process, Dr. Julian Darius offers what may be the very first long-term study of how to manage such a shared universe.

The book runs 428 pages.

The book is now is available in print and on Kindle. For more information, go to sequart.org/books/8/classics-on-infinite-earths-the-justice-league-and-dc-crossover-canon/

Surfside Girls

Sam and Jade are back! Get ready for more ancient mysteries, beautiful beaches, cute boys, and wild adventures in this delightful full-color graphic novel.

When one of the ghosts from Danger Point gets… spooked, it’s time for Sam and Jade to pull out the Journal of Weird and jump into action! Trying to solve this two-hundred-year-old mystery takes the girls all over their town and beyond, all while Surfside’s Annual Surf Competition is going on. Add to the mix a cute surfer boy, a mysterious mustached man with a guitar, and a very jealous Sam — can the surfing sleuths save the day again?

Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho by Kim Dwinell
$14.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-447-4 • Diamond order code: FEB190753
208 pages • full color • softcover graphic novel w/flaps • 6″ x 9″

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Penny Nichols

Somehow, sarcastic Penny’s gotten roped into helping make an amateur slasher film. With a team of flakes and weirdos, she’s probably the only one who can save this stupid movie… but maybe it can save her, too. Now can somebody please stop that dog from licking the fake blood?

“I never wanted to be a teacher or lawyer. I never wanted to be anything, really.” Stuck working mind-numbing temp jobs, Penny Nichols yearns to break free from the rut she’s found herself in. When, by chance, she falls in with a group of misfits making a no-budget horror movie called “Blood Wedding,” everything goes sideways. Soon her days are overrun with gory props, failed Shakespearean actors, a horny cameraman, and a disappearing director. Somehow Penny must hold it all together and keep the production from coming apart at the seams. This hilarious original graphic novel is a loving tribute to the chaos and camaraderie of DIY filmmaking, and the ways we find our future — and our family — in the unlikeliest of places.

Penny Nichols by MK Reed, Greg Means, & Matt Wiegle
$19.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-448-1 • Diamond order code: FEB190752
208 pages • black & white • softcover graphic novel w/ flaps • 6″ x 9″

More information, go to topshelfcomix.com