Operation Broken Wings, 1936

The epic story of OPERATION: BROKEN WINGS, 1936 opens in the dungeons of the German castle Stolditz. A German intelligence officer is tortured by his superiors. They want to know why he has turned against them, and they will do anything to get that information. Imprisoned, he gives up nothing as he seemingly waits for death…or the right time to strike!

OPERATION: BROKEN WINGS, 1936 #1 hits stores in November with story by Herik Hanna and artwork by Trevor Hairsine. This title carries a price point of $3.99

For more information, go to www.boom-studios.com

“KEY OF Z” Debuts Same Day As Print On Comics

Claudio Sanchez, creator and writer of THE AMORY WARS and KILL AUDIO, is proud to announce that the debut issue of his latest comic book, KEY OF Z, will be available today on the Comics by comiXology platform — iOS, Android and the Web — the same day as the print version of the comic is released. Published by BOOM! Studios, in association with Evil Ink, KEY OF Z #1 will be available in comic shops across the country and digitally, making Sanchez’s comic book accessible to fans around the world.

For more information, go to www.boom-studios.com

Viper Comics Takes A Bite Out Of Digital

This is the year for something old and something new at Viper Comics. Earlier this year, the Texas-based publisher enjoyed an uber-successful relaunch of classic comics Inspector Gadget and Johnny Test at this year’s Comic Con. But Viper will round out 2011 at the other end of the distribution spectrum: digital.

Viper is leaping into the digital revolution in two ways. First, they will make their library of existing books-from oldies like Gadget to cult favorites like Middleman-available in digital format. This will ensure fans have ready access to their favorites at any time and a whole new fan base can discover Viper books they might have missed. And second, Viper will begin to create a new line of comics expressly for digital distribution.

Beginning with Five Senses, a gritty crime story about a murder witness bent on solving the crime while trying to keep the mysterious killer from stealing his five senses, Viper’s entire catalog of comic books will be available in digital as well as paper formats. For Mettam, this new medium hits close to home as he is the author of Viper’s Halloween digital release, Nightmares in Oz, a modern-and pretty gnarly-spin on the Oz tales we all thought we knew.

For more information, go to vipercomics.com.

A Best Seller in Japan: Stargazing Dog

Daddy is that main character in this remarkably simple, unassuming and yet very poignant little manga. He is down and out, his wife has left him, his daughter rebellious, he’s even been laid off. And so, suddenly even homeless, he decides to take off to wherever.

And it is this very element that makes this story so compelling. Dogs are indeed the most unquestioningly loyal of our pets. Daddy at least has his stargazing dog, one who looks to the heavens wistfully, innocent devotion his only key in life.

The story is craftily divided in two. The 1st part tells of Daddy’s journey as ‘narrated’ by the innocent Dog. The 2nd narrates the point of view of a social worker who must investigate what happened to him. He himself has vivid memories of his dog when he was young and how he took his devotion for granted, even found it somewhat pathetic after a while. As we see him working his way through Daddy’s story, his last recollection of his own dog on its last leg, playful and devoted to the last, haunts him. This is about innocence in front of a cruel world and the Dog is cathartic. For more information, go to www.nbmpub.com.

NBM’s November solicitations

P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations set

The great P. Craig Russell adapts in stunning comic art The Magic Flute, Parsifal, I Pagliacci, Pelleas & Melisande, and Salome amongst others. A banded set of 3 beautiful volumes at a special price. Normally $54.

8x 11 1/2, 440pp. full color set of 3 trade pb., $44.99

Oh, and you know what: we’re going to have some news with P. Craig Russell next year… THE NEXT VOLUME OF HIS FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE! It’s been a few years since the last one and with all that’s gone on since, we’re excited to bring this all back to the fore!

Miss Don’t Touch Me Complete Set
Kerascoet and Hubert
The banded complete set of both volumes of the Miss Don’t Touch Me series. Paris in the thirties. The ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands. In her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She even becomes quite good at certain lascivious practices while still remaining a virgin! But she also doesn’t lose sight of her goal: find the Butcher.

A suspenseful spicy tale as only the French could so lightly get away with, yet deceptive in its depth and realism. By the artist of Dungeon Early Years.

61/2 x9, 192 pp., full color set of 2 trade pb., $27.99: normally $29.90

For more information, go to www.nbmpub.com

Moonstone November Solicitations

Zombies vs Cheerleaders TPB
Return of the Monsters: SPIDER/Werewolf
Return of the Monsters: BLACK BAT/Dracula
Return of the Monsters: DOMINO LADY/Mummy
The SPIDER: Satan’s Seven Swordsmen GN
Zombies vs Cheerleaders #4
Vampire, PA HC
The SPIDER: the Iron Man War

Red 5 Comics November Solicitations

Bonnie Lass #3 // The Legend (Print) (#3 of 4)
Written: Tyler Fluharty, Michael Mayne
Art: Michael Mayne

Story: “The Legend”

Bent on overshadowing her father, the infamous Cutlass, Bonnie’s after the one treasure he did not claim – the Eye of the Leviathan. But there are other forces at work seeking to claim it for themselves.

Atomic Robo Vol 6 #3
Written: Brian Clevinger
Art: Scott Wegener
Colors: Ronda Pattison
Letters: Jeff Powell

Story: “Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X”

Why aren’t you reading this book? Is THE RESET ADVENTURES OF CAPEMAN really all that compelling? Look, I’ll break it down for you. We’ve got a robot who’s also a scientist. He fights monsters, sometimes Nazis, a mobile pyramid once, the planet Mars kinda, and also Stephen Hawking (though to be honest that was more of a metaphorical battle). His arch enemies include a brain in a jar, a time traveling dinosaur who isn’t, and the spirit of Thomas Edison. Yeah, okay, this is the third issue in the sixth series, but it’s still a great jumping on point. Check it: First issue Robo tried to rescue some astronauts. Second issue it all went horribly wrong. This issue Robo tracks down the true culprits!

Penguins Books For December

She has lived through the Blitz and World War Two, the sex and spy scandals
of the swinging sixties, the Cold War and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Our
world has changed more in her lifetime than in any of her predecessors;
Sarah Bradford
tells all in the biography of Queen Elizabeth II.

In Empire State of Mind, Zack O’Malley Greenburg tells the story behind
Jay-Z’s rise to the top.

More biographies:
Stephanie Madoff Mack tells the story of the Madoff family in The End of
John Lewis Gaddis’s biography of George F Kennan
Crime & thriller

John le Carré’s thrillers still hold a grip on the post-Cold War generation
of readers with their elegant mix of suspense, intrigue and moral ambiguity.

Check out our eye-catching new issues of his classic books.

Read more Crime & thriller titles on Penguin.co.uk:

Bestselling author Charles Brokaw brings you The Lucifer Code
The classic Payment Deferred by C. S. Forester
Assassins’ Creed: Revelations by Oliver Bowden

The Forgotten Lies by Kerry Jamieson shows how in 1935 Hollywood, fame can
bring a terrible scrutiny, and although you can run away from the past, in
the glare of the spotlight you can’t always hide.

Jack Kerouac’s arresting first novel, The Sea is My Brother, was not
published in his lifetime. It deals with “man’s simple revolt from society
as it is, with the inequalities, frustration, and self-inflicted agonies”.

Read more Fiction titles on Penguin.co.uk:

The fate of the human world is at stake in Nightlife by Rob Thurman
Terry McMillan’s touching Getting to Happy
No Way to Say Goodbye by Anna McPartlin

The Golden Age by Hugh Thomas explores the Spanish Empire of Charles V,
bringing alive one of the most extraordinary and influential moments in
High Renaissance and world history.

Examining a very different era, Sam Howe Verhovek’s Jet Age offers an
insight into the fascinating technology that permanently changed our
conception of distance and time.

Read more History titles on Penguin.co.uk:

Elizabeth Keri Manhon’s Scandalous Women
Traces Remain, a series of essays and explorations by Charles Nicholl
Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry
Politics & society

The AK-47, or ‘Kalashnikov’, is the most abundant and efficient firearm on
earth. It is so light it can be used by children. It has transformed the
way we fight wars, and its story is the chilling story of modern warfare.
C. J. Chivers’s extraordinary new book tells an alternative history of the
world as seen through these terrible weapons.

Read more Politics & society titles on Penguin.co.uk including Why
Businessmen Need Philosophy and The Untouchables, where Shane Ross
questions how democratic Ireland really is today.

For more information, go to www.penguin.co.uk

Dead or Alive #1

“The Good, The Bad, and the Zombie” When two down-on-their-luck cowboys capture the most wanted outlaw in the West, they get more than they bargained for when they discover a Comanche shaman has infected him with an ancient zombie virus. If the zombie doesn’t kill them, the Comanche, rival bounty hunters, and other outlaws will!
Written: Scott Chitwood
Art: Alfonso Ruiz
Colors: Garry Henderson
Letters: Troy Peteri
Cover: Matt Busch

Publication Date: 2011-12-07
Format: Comic, Full Color, 6.5 x 10, Soft Cover, 32 pages
Price: $2.99

The Strain

Dark Horse is making preparations for the coming infestation, storing food, comics and weapons. The Strain #1 is on its way, infecting comic shops on Dec. 14th. And here’s a little contest to get you excited for the comics from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, David Lapham and Mike Huddleston.

Dark Horse wants to hear how you will survive the vampire plague. In the comments below give Dark Horse at least a 200 word description of how you plan to survive the coming epidemic. What supplies will you need? Where would you go to hide? Who would be with you? What weapons would you need? Give Dark Horse all the details and the need to figure out how to survive. Official Rules:
1. Post a comment of at least 200 words on the Dark Horse Blog (http://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/741/strain-survive-plague-contest) by 11:59p.m. PT on Sunday Dec. 4th, 2011 and describe how you plan to survive the coming plague.
2. Come back next week as we post the top 5 Survival Tales, once per day through Dec. 9th.
3. Starting Dec. 9th. come back to the blog and Vote for the best Survival Plan Through Dec. 13th.

***Dark Horse will post the winner on Dec. 14th, the release date of The Strain #1

Moonstone Releases For December

Story: Nancy Holder & Howard Hopkins
Art: Silvestre Szilagyi
Colors: James Brown
Cover: Mark Sparacio
A Return of the Originals oversize Event!
Brought to you by New York Times best selling author Nancy Holder and novelist Howard Hopkins!
When young women vanish at a sleazy burlesque club, three beautiful
heroines slip undercover and out of their clothes to investigate–and wind up
comforting a kidnapper who just might be out of this world. Featuring the
delicious Domino Lady, the first appearance of the deadly Golden Amazon in 70 years and introducing the voluptuous new pulp crime-fighter, The Veil!

Story: Gary Phillips
Art: Manuel Martin, Ben Hansen
Tones: Jason Jensen
Cover: Mark Maddox
Vertigo’s crime writer Gary Phillips (Angel Town, Cowboys) presents this oversize comic one time event!
For the first time ever Zen freelance spy Derek Flint, the cool curvaceous
private eye Honey West, and the mysterious secret agent super-hero Captain Action team up in a story in swingin’ sixties L.A. to battle hippie
robots, mobbed-up, ray gun totting gangsters, a wigged out mad scientist,
brainwashed GIs and an alien menace we could only called DANGER A-GO-GO. Dig it!

(story) Ian Ng
(Art) Mark Sparacio
(Colors) Abe Melendez
32pgs, color, $2.99

This story is just booting up! Valerius and his crew — Julian, Solarra, Malice, Gemma and Grinder — find a nasty surprise waiting for them when they enter the temple of Neak Prei. The artifact is within their grasp, if they don’t fall for the distractions along the way!
Moonstone presents a creator-owned effort from Mark Sparacio (Captain Action, Jonah Hex) and newcomers Ian Ng and Abe Melendez, in full color.
Story: Fabian Nicieza, Steven Grant
Art: Mark Sparacio, etc.
Cover: Paul Gulacy
This is the BIG ONE!
EVERY Captain Action Moonstone appearance ever printed…as well as Lady Action, Action Boy, Captain Action Classified, and Khem!
A one-time printing only!

For more information, go to www.moonstonebooks.com

Valen The Outcast #1

The king is dead – long live the dead king! The undead will take vengeance this December in the epic new title from BOOM! Studios: OUTCAST #1; written by Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, ROBERT E. HOWARD’S HAWKS OF OUTREMER) with art by Matteo Scalera (DEADPOOL CORPS). BOOM! Studios offers the first full 22-page issue of a brand new fast-paced, action fantasy series for only $1!

Title ships in December with eight covers in a 30/30/30/10 split by Liam Sharp (INCREDIBLE HULK, GEARS OF WAR), Cary Nord (CONAN), Alé Garza (FATHOM) and Trevor Hairsine (X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS), a 1-in-25 incentive by Chad Hardin (WEB OF SPIDER-MAN), a 1-in-50 incentive by Trevor Hairsine, and a 1-in-75 incentive by Alé Garza.

Special 1-in-200 Joe Jusko variant cover which will be only offered slabbed by CGG with a 9.8 Grade. OUTCAST #1 begins a visceral new ongoing series that aggressively blends “epic fantasy” with “sword-and-sorcery.” For more information, go to www.boom-studios.com

The Irredeemable/Incorruptible Crossover

The epic match-up between the world’s greatest hero-turned-villain and his arch villain-turned-hero is here! This December, read both IRREDEEMABLE and INCORRUPTIBLE for the full story on The Plutonian vs. Max Damage and their superhero adventures. These epic new titles from BOOM! Studios are both written by Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME, THE TRAVELER) with INCORRUPTIBLE’s art by Marcio Takara and IRREDEEMABLE’s art by Diego Barreto. BOOM! Studios offers the first part of this four issue crossover in the 22-page issue of IRREDEEMABLE #32 and the story continues in INCORRUPTIBLE #25. This action-filled arc concludes in IRREDEEMABLE #33 and INCORRUPTIBLE #26.

The legendary IRREDEEMABLE/INCORRUPTIBLE crossover continues toward its explosive conclusion! The Plutonian and Max Damage have always been epic adversaries… but how did they get that way? The crossover event that tells the story of their first face-off starts here! Not Reading INCORRUPTIBLE? You’re missing out! This is the first issue of the IRREDEEMABLE/INCORRUPTIBLE crossover: a can’t-miss issue of Mark Waid’s multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated superhero series! For more information, go to www.boom-studios.com

Brandon Graham’s “The Speaker” Debuts

Brandon Graham, creator of King City and Multiple Warheads and writer of Prophet, one of the series in the heavily hyped Extreme Studios relaunch, will be making his Dark Horse Presents debut in issue #7!

A man loses his voice—his voice goes off to see the world. Years later the man dies and the voice that walks like a man hears the news and returns home. The Voice has to deal with all the personifications of the man’s doubts, secrets, and ideas that are left behind.

Graham’s work is widely known and followed through his blog, http://royalboiler.wordpress.com/. Stay tuned for more about original stories premiering in Dark Horse Presents! Dark Horse Presents #7 is on sale December 21, 2011, and also contains brand-new Age of Reptiles, Skeleton Key, and Hellboy stories. For more information, go to darkhorse.com

Top Shelf Productions offers its graphic novels for sale in digital form

The comic book industry takes another significant step into the future today, as Top Shelf Productions offers its award-winning library of graphic novels for sale in digital form through two dedicated apps — one for general readers and one for kids.

Additionally, Top Shelf expands the availability of its books across multiple digital platforms, for every device. As the publisher of critically acclaimed and popularly beloved books such as FROM HELL, ESSEX COUNTY, and OWLY, Top Shelf breaks new ground as the first “indie” or “alternative” publisher to offer such a substantial catalog of digital graphic novels.

To celebrate, Top Shelf is offering five keystone graphic novels at radically reduced digital prices — as low as 99 cents! — for the next week. What’s more, a newly remastered edition of Jeff Lemire’s LOST DOGS makes its Top Shelf debut this week as a digital graphic novel.

The flagship of this launch is a pair of new apps, developed by industry leader Comixology, available now for Apple devices: Top Shelf Productions and Top Shelf Kids Club. For more information, go to www.topshelfcomix.com