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Market Monday: Marvel & DC New Releases - April 16, 2014

Birds of Prey #30, written by Christy Marx

As her teammates fall, only Black Canary stands between the utterly helpless Mother Eve and Ra’s al Ghul. If she stands aside, her husband will be saved. If she refuses to fold, everybody else will die! What can she possibly do?

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Harley Quinn #5, co-written and cover by Amanda Conner

Sure, Harley has made some enemies along the way. So what happens when a bunch of them show up to kill her dead? She kills them right back, of course! You’ve been warned: This issue contains violence.

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Smallville Season 11 - Lantern #1, cover by Cat Staggs

The Green Lantern ring for space sector 2813 was inactive for years after Krypton’s end, until the creation of the Argo colony recalled it to service. As none of Zod’s followers are suitable candidates, the ring’s search brings it to the nearest Kryptonian it can recruit! SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 continues in “Lantern” part 1 of 4!

Supergirl #30, art by Emanuela Lupacchino

In “Red Daughter of Krypton” part 2 of 3, the newest, most powerful Red Lantern finally meets her match! Worldkiller-1 is a cosmic menace from the darkest recesses of Kara’s past, and he will gladly destroy every one of her crimson teammates to get to her…

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Ms. Marvel #3, co-written by G. Willow Wilson

The All-New Ms. Marvel has already gained international fame. But in Kamala’s case, star-power comes with a whole lot of… awkwardness. Find out why the most exciting new Marvel hero is also the most loveable!

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Amazing X-Men #6, colored by Rachelle Rosenberg

Nightcrawler is back at the Jean Grey School! But when Mystique comes calling, he may be returning to the afterlife very soon.

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Carnage vs. Deadpool #2, colored by Veronica Gandini

Two red-suited madmen for the price of one! That’s right—good crazy vs. bad crazy, once and for all! And you can bet it’s gonna be a bloody one!

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Ultimate FF #1, colored by Rachelle Rosenberg

The Future Foundation is all that stands between us and COMPLETE AND UTTER DOOM. Sue Storm, Tony Stark, Machine Man and Sam Wilson face the ONCOMING DESTRUCTION. A mysterious new member will join their ranks, whether they like it or not. Hint: They will not.

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Picks of the Week: February 19th, 2014 New Releases

Book of the Week

On Loving Women by Diane Obomsawin

On Loving Women is an all-new collection of stories by Diane Obomsawin about coming out, first love, and sexual identity. With this work, Obomsawin brings her gaze to bear on subjects closer to home - her friends and lovers’ personal accounts of first realizing they’re gay or first finding love with another woman. Her stripped-down pages use the bare minimum of linework to expressively reveal heartbreak, joy, irritation, and fear. Within these pages, Obomsawin has forged a poignant, powerful narrative that speaks to the difficulties of coming out and the joys of being loved.

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Singles of the Week

Harley Quinn #3, co-written and cover by Amanda Conner

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Harley is getting depressed watching happy couples walk by. Will a special gift from Poison Ivy turn things around for Harley?

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Teen Titans Go! #2, art by Lea Hernandez

 When Starfire signs the team up for the popular reality show contest, I’ve Got Your Talent Right Here, Robin becomes determined to show the world just how talented the Teen Titans really are! Then, after a fight with Captain Cold, Beast Boy and Robin come down with a cold themselves! Running high fevers and quarantined from the rest of the Titans…the madness begins to set in!

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Collection of the Week

Red Sonja vol. 1: Queen of the Plagues TP, written by Gail Simone

Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude!  Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect… even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Dark Annisia, and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what no god nor demon has been able to do: force Sonja to her knees in surrender? An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of the Plagues takes Red Sonja from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory.

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Market Monday: February 12, 2014 New Releases

Book of the Week

Beautiful Darkness HC, art by Kerascoet [co-artist Marie Pommepuy]

A dark fairy tale about surviving the human experience. Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look at the human psyche and the darkness that hides behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoët’s joyful watercolors only serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath, as characters allow their pettiness, greed, and jealousy to take over. It a bleak allegory on the human condition; Kerascoët’s and Fabien Vehlmann’s work is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny.

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Singles of the Week

Red Sonja: Berserker one-shot, written by Nancy A. Collins

After a fight in a tavern results in Red Sonja being arrested and becoming a prisoner, she is sold to a  promoter who stages gladiatorial games. There, in the blood-soaked sand of the arena, she finds herself pitted against an old friend-a huge snow bear that she once saved from hunters.  But will they unite to wreak havoc on their enemies, or will they fight one another to the death?

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She-Hulk #1, colored by Munsta Vicente

JENNIFER WALTERS IS…THE SHE-HULK! A stalwart Avenger, valued member of the FF, savior of the world on more than one occasion, she’s also a killer attorney with a pile of degrees and professional respect. A 7-foot-tall drink of cool, emerald water, she’s tough enough to knock out Galactus with one punch (possibly?) and has a heart bigger than the moon. But juggling cases and kicking bad guy butt is starting to be a little more complicated than she anticipated. With a new practice, a new paralegal and a mounting number of super villains she’s racking up as personal enemies, She Hulk might have bitten off a little more than she can chew…but she just calls that that Tuesday.

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Spongebob Comics #29, includes story by Maris Wicks

United Plankton finally cashes in on the trend that’s sweeping comics - science stories starring sea-dwelling squirrels! That’s right! It’s a whole issue starring Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob’s Texas twangin’ rodent pal, who’s an athlete and a lady scientist t’boot! See Sandy save Bikini Bottom from the horror of the gargantuan Aqua Chimp! Gasp as she goes paw-to-tentacle against Plankton in an invention showdown! Scratch your head as you try to comprehend what her oddest invention has done to SpongeBob’s holes! And quake in fear as she discoveres the source of that awful noise coming from deep within an unexplored trench! All this, plus ocean facts about squirrels!

Collection of the Week

Power Girl: Power Trip TP, art by Amanda Conner

Every Power Girl story illustrated by Amanda Conner is collected in one volume that includes JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4 and POWER GIRL #1-12! Don’t miss these stories featuring the Psycho-Pirate, Ultra-Humanite, Vartox and some very sexy alien marauders!

Whoops, I Missed a DC Book
Harley Quinn #2, co-written and cover by Amanda Conner

Harley and guest star Poison Ivy set out to rescue a bunch of cute puppies and kitties! What could possibly go wrong?

Whoops, I Missed a DC Book

Harley Quinn #2, co-written and cover by Amanda Conner

Harley and guest star Poison Ivy set out to rescue a bunch of cute puppies and kitties! What could possibly go wrong?

Market Monday: July 17th, 2013 New Releases

Firsts of the Week

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Red Sonja #1, written by Gail Simone, covers by Nicola Scott, Amanda Conner, Fiona Staples, Jenny Frison, and Colleen Doran

THIS IS IT. Red Sonja gets a fresh new attitude by the dream team of writer GAIL SIMONE (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) and artist WALTER GEOVANI (Prophecy, Witchblade), on the book they were born to create. Sonja pays back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect, even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths!

This thrilling new series features covers by the top female artists in the industry, including Nicola Scott, Colleen Doran, Jenny Frison, Fiona Staples, Amanda Conner and more. You do NOT want to miss this re-introduction the She-devil with a Sword!

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Numbercruncher #1, colored by Jordie Bellaire

From the smash-hit writer behind X-Men Legacy! Dying young, a brilliant Mathematician discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated in the life of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life. It falls to one such Karmic agent - the surly Bastard Zane - to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!

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Collection of the Week

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Princeless vol. 2: Get Over Yourself TP, art by Emily Martin

A brand new collection of the adventures of everyone’s favorite runaway princess, the incomparable Adrienne. This time she’s out to rescue her older sister Angelica, the most beautiful princess in the world. It won’t be easy though. Not only does Adrienne have to deal with Angelica’s legions of admirers and their sibling rivalry, but the King has hired a band of ruthless mercenaries to track her down. Can she save Angelica? Does she want to? And how will she deal with these deadly knights who are after her head?

Book of the Week

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Dance Class vol. 5: To Russia with Love, written by Béka (co-writer Caroline Roque)

After learning ballet, hip-hop, and African Folk, the Dance Class crew isn’t slowing down for a second! When Julie, Lucy, and Alia sign up for rock the new style brings a lot of new lessons, not the least of which is that cute boys don’t necessarily make good dance partners. And the girls can’t forget their ballet skills, not when Miss Anne has the whole troupe performing The Nutcracker in Russia! Carla, jealous as always, is intent on ruining the show; the girls may need some help from an unexpected place to pull it off this time!

More new releases under the cut!

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Market Monday: May 1st, 2013 New Releases

Book of the Week

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vol. 2, adapted by Denise Mina

Vertigo presents the concluding volume of the official graphic novel adaptation of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO!

In Book 2, the mystery of Harriet Vanger’s disappearance deepens as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the indomitable Lisbeth Salander join forces to crack the decades-old case. Together they uncover a twisted secret that may end up costing them their lives. Don’t miss the gripping conclusion to one of the most thrilling books of all time!

Firsts of the Week

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New series!

The Movement #1, written by Gail Simone, cover by Amanda Conner

We are faceless. We are limitless. We see all. And we do not forgive.

Who defends the powerless against the GREEDY and the CORRUPT? Who protects the homeless and poverty-stricken from those who would PREY upon them in the DARK OF NIGHT?

When those who are sworn to protect us abuse their power, when toxic government calls down super-human lackeys to force order upon the populace…finally, there is a force, a citizen’s army, to push order BACK.

Let those who abuse the system know this as well: We have our OWN super humans now. They are not afraid of your badges or Leagues. And they will not be SILENCED.

We are your neighbors. We are your co-workers. And we are your children.

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OMG YOU GAIZ IT’S A SESAME STREET COMIC!

Sesame Street #1, art by Amy Mebberson

Sunny Day! Chase the clouds away as Sesame Street comes to comics for the first time! Join Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, and all of your favorites in this fantastic first issue! Featured this issue, Elmo decides to become a superhero, but he doesn’t have any powers! It will be up to the always lovable Super Grover to teach Elmo that he can have any superpowers he wants, because he already has the greatest superpower - imagination! Available with 5 interlocking covers.

Collection of the Week

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Castle Waiting vol. II: Definitive Edition HC by Linda Medley

THE SECOND VOLUME OF THIS CLASSIC FANTASY, NOW IN AN EXTENDED AND IMPROVED VERSION

With its long-awaited second volume, Linda Medley’s witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting.

Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies’ underpants, the identity of her baby son Pindar’s father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the “manly arts,” and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume. The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain’s earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more.

Originally released in a slightly shorter version when the series ceased publication, this new edition includes over 60 pages’ worth of brand new additional story and epilogue, and the entire book has been re-lettered in a livelier, more inviting style for an even more engaging reading experience.

It’s a light week so the rest aren’t below a cut!

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Earth 2 #12, art by Nicola Scott

The drums of war begin to sound as the heroes of Earth 2 rally behind Dr. Fate—and a threat from Apokolips becomes all too real!

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Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #9, co-written by Corinna Bechko

WHAT DANGER LURKS IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE? Still recovering from the terrible cataclysm that rocked the planet, Doctor Zaius tries to maintain the fragile coalition of apes, chimps and orangutans, in an effort to ensure that the rebuilding of Ape City continues apace. But the cataclysm also shook something loose in the Forbidden Zone that could fracture Ape society as we know it…

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Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #4, co-written by Leah Moore

Drummond, now on the run, seeks shelter in Hitchcock’s Menagerie, but how long will it be before Inspector Thornton tracks him down? The final piece of the puzzle falls into place for Holmes as he and Watson return to the scene of Tom Christian’s murder. Yet the route they take is far from straight and perhaps more dangerous than even the Great Detective could imagine.

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Ultimate Comics X-Men #26, colored by Jordie Bellaire

“NATURAL RESOURCES” CONTINUES! Fortress Utopia! The Mutant Nation is Under Siege! And General Ross is leading the charge!! Can Kitty and Mach Two work together for the good of mutantkind?! Jimmy Hudson prepares for war!!

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Market Monday
Silk Spectre #4, co-written and art by Amanda Conner

“I don’t know who this broad thinks she is, but I want her deader than my last wife.” And don’t miss the latest sensational chapter of the CRIMSON CORSAIR, from writer and artist JOHN HIGGINS.

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Market Monday

Silk Spectre #4, co-written and art by Amanda Conner

“I don’t know who this broad thinks she is, but I want her deader than my last wife.” And don’t miss the latest sensational chapter of the CRIMSON CORSAIR, from writer and artist JOHN HIGGINS.

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What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  While it lacks the costumes of Halloween, the presents of Christmas, and the revelry of New Year’s, my family’s Thanksgiving traditions have been the constant in my life that have meant the most to me every year.  When I first visited Japan, my travelling companion and I discussed the merits of living there. The one negative I came up with?  ”I’d miss Thanksgiving.”  When I lived in London for my junior year of college, I still made a full Thanksgiving dinner for my suitemates (though, due to my ignorance as to exactly how long it takes for a turkey to defrost, was made and eaten on Sunday, and by myself since my suitemates had lost interest in my peculiar American customs at that point).

The food is delicious, the family drawn in from far-flung places, the history is complicated and not always nice, and it’s a time to reflect on what’s good in my life.  And here’s what is:

Trina Robbins - The foremost comics “herstorian”, Trina has been a constant inspiration and mentor to me. Her love and dedication to women in comics is like her religion, and I am very grateful to the groundwork she’s laid when I decided pick up her torch. Very few people could have been as excited as I was when I discovered that Fran Hopper was still alive, and only Trina could surpass me. I look forward to her ultimate history of women in comics, Pretty in Ink, when it comes out next year.

The flourishing of female talent - This year has seen some of my favorite lesser-known talent become superstars.  Fiona Staples, whose art I’ve been loving since her turn on The Secret History of the Authority: Hawskmoor, is killing it month after month on Saga.  Almost nothing would stop me from buying the new Brian K. Vaughan series, but it gives me such hope for the future that even someone like him who could have his pick of superstar artists would rather look for a new voice, and a woman at that.  In addition, Kelly Sue DeConnick, whose writing I’ve loved since her first (Sif and Rescue) one-shots for Marvel back in 2010 has now taken up the challenge of writing not one, but two ongoing series, Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble, which have been some of the most fun comics I’ve read in a long time. And she’s announced her first creator-owned series, Pretty Deadly, with another artist on my list, Emma Rios.  Rios’s star has risen over the past year due to her work on Spider-Man (including Spider Island tie-in Cloak and Dagger), Doctor Strange: Season One, and a few issues of Captain Marvel! And speaking of Spider-Man artists, let’s not forget the woman who has drawn both Peter Parker and Miles Morales!  Sara Pichelli gave first life to the new Ultimate Spider-Man, and then teamed him up with Peter Parker in the first 616/Ultimate universe crossover, Spider-Men!  Honorable mention must go to IDW Publishing for having such faith in the appeal of female creators that they brought Womanthology back for a new space-themed miniseries.

Sisters doing it for themselves - This is a blatant continuation of the above list. Kate Beaton continues to be wonderful and redefining comics on her own terms just by being herself.  Spike spear-headed the revival of female-friendly, sex-positive anthology Smut Peddler, not only paying the creators, but also getting it into her head to do a horror anthology next (She’s still taking pitches until November 30!).  Raina Telgemeier continues to create comics that appeal to the next generation of female readers (and creators!) with this year’s New York Times bestselling Drama.  And according to my mother, a teacher, Jennifer Holm (with her brother Matthew) are getting an even younger generation with Babymouse.  Amy Reeder rebounded from her dismissal from Batwoman with the charming one-shot Halloween Eve, and after chatting with her at NYCC, I am assured that we will see plenty of new work from her in the coming year. Becky Cloonan, of course, remains Becky Cloonan.

Art books celebrating women in comics - Amanda Conner got two— The Art of Amanda Conner and The DC Comics Sequential Art of Amanda Conner.  Marie Severin got The Mirthful Mistress of Comics. Ramona Fradon's was announced and revealed such heavy hitters as Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson among her admirers. And I look forward to the forthcoming Definitive Reference to the work of Jeffrey Catherine Jones; I hope we can get a DVD release of the documentary about her life.

Lana Wachowski - Thanks again for getting me into comics. Your speech when receiving the HRC Visibility Award made me laugh and cry, frequently in the same sentence.  Your courage to be yourself is admirable and inspiring.  Now where’s the rest of Doc Frankenstein?!

All of My Readers - All 13,595 of you!  You are all the best reason to get up in the morning. 

Non-comics things I’m grateful for include my almost-1-year-old niece (who is currently toddling around my parents’ kitchen as I type), my gainful employment, my new meds that don’t make me tired all the time, the fact that we’ve been spared a Romney presidency, my new "This Machine Kills Fascists" laptop sticker, and friends who push me to be the best me I can be.

Market Monday
Retrovirus HC, cover by Amanda Conner

When Zoe, a brilliant young scientist who specializes in identifying extinct viruses, is offered a job at a remote research facility in Antarctica, she soon discovers her employer has unearthed a perfectly preserved Neanderthal. That is only one of the many dark secrets lurking at the facility as Zoe races against time to stop a global pandemic. In the vein of Andromeda Strain, Altered States and Jurassic Park, RETROVIRUS seamlessly blends human drama, action, science fiction and horror in a 64 page graphic novel written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY (QUEEN CRAB, JONAH HEX, CREATOR-OWNED HEROES) and illustrated by NORBERTO FERNANDEZ (THE TATTERED MAN).

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Market Monday

Retrovirus HC, cover by Amanda Conner

When Zoe, a brilliant young scientist who specializes in identifying extinct viruses, is offered a job at a remote research facility in Antarctica, she soon discovers her employer has unearthed a perfectly preserved Neanderthal. That is only one of the many dark secrets lurking at the facility as Zoe races against time to stop a global pandemic. In the vein of Andromeda Strain, Altered States and Jurassic Park, RETROVIRUS seamlessly blends human drama, action, science fiction and horror in a 64 page graphic novel written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY (QUEEN CRAB, JONAH HEX, CREATOR-OWNED HEROES) and illustrated by NORBERTO FERNANDEZ (THE TATTERED MAN).

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Market Tuesday
DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner

Artist Amanda Conner dissects and analyzes the process behind some of her most popular illustrations and covers, providing behind the scenes information, sketches and more, in this hardcover collecting some of her greatest work for DC Comics!
This spectacular new hardcover features SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1, BIRDS OF PREY #47-49, JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4, SUPERGIRL #12, the GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL, plus stories from SECRET ORIGINS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH SECRET FILES #1, WONDER WOMAN #600, numerous covers and more!

Market Tuesday

DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner

Artist Amanda Conner dissects and analyzes the process behind some of her most popular illustrations and covers, providing behind the scenes information, sketches and more, in this hardcover collecting some of her greatest work for DC Comics!

This spectacular new hardcover features SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1, BIRDS OF PREY #47-49, JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4, SUPERGIRL #12, the GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL, plus stories from SECRET ORIGINS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH SECRET FILES #1, WONDER WOMAN #600, numerous covers and more!

Market Monday
Ame-Comi Girls #1: Featuring Wonder Woman, art by Amanda Conner

The first time in print for this digital-first series! First of new series inspired by the popular figures from DC Collectibles! Wonder Woman must stop an attack on Themyscira! Features the spectacular artwork of AMANDA CONNER

Market Monday

Ame-Comi Girls #1: Featuring Wonder Woman, art by Amanda Conner

The first time in print for this digital-first series! First of new series inspired by the popular figures from DC Collectibles! Wonder Woman must stop an attack on Themyscira! Features the spectacular artwork of AMANDA CONNER

Market Monday
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3, co-written and art by Amanda Conner

'San Francisco, baby. The best part of the trip…is the trip.' Plus: The latest chapter in the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup adventure from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

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Market Monday

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3, co-written and art by Amanda Conner

'San Francisco, baby. The best part of the trip…is the trip.' Plus: The latest chapter in the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup adventure from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

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Market Monday
Phantom Lady #1, art by Cat Staggs, cover by Amanda Conner

The female FREEDOM FIGHTER debuts in her own miniseries! Featuring her partner-in-crimefighting, the diminutive dynamo known as DOLL MAN!

Market Monday

Phantom Lady #1, art by Cat Staggs, cover by Amanda Conner

The female FREEDOM FIGHTER debuts in her own miniseries! Featuring her partner-in-crimefighting, the diminutive dynamo known as DOLL MAN!

Amanda Conner and her old teacher Joe Kubert (via @jpalmiotti)

Amanda Conner and her old teacher Joe Kubert (via @jpalmiotti)

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