Market Monday: Small Press New Releases, Mature Readers — January 8, 2014
Bloodshot vol. 4: H.A.R.D. Corps TP, art by Emanuela Lupacchino
Every mission…is someone’s last. Out of the ashes of Harbinger Wars, Bloodshot is about to join the weaponized men and women of the HARBINGER ACTIVE RESISTANCE DIVISION - the black budget, technologically-augmented strike force where the powers are dangerously unstable and every mission is a one-way ticket into the meat grinder. With a reluctant leader calling the shots and a new crop of untested rookies manning the frontline, Bloodshot is about to take H.A.R.D. Corps behind enemy lines - and into a gasoline-drenched, synapsesnapping suicide run where no one is safe…and heroes always die trying. Collecting BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #14-17 and BLOODSHOT #0, join acclaimed writers Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) and Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars) and superstar-in-the-making Emanuela Lupacchino (Archer & Armstrong) right here to light the fuse on an explosive new chapter for Bloodshot and the Valiant Universe’s most feared team of superhuman operatives!
Fatale #19, colored by Bettie Breitweiser
Rock ‘n’ roll, robbery, and ritual murder collide in ’90s Seattle as the fourth arc of FATALE comes to a shattering conclusion… and the secret identity of Nic’s present day helper is revealed. Is he who he claims to be? And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles, and artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.
Quantum and Woody #7, art by Ming Doyle, colored by Jordie Bellaire
So…two superheroes, a clone, and a goat move into a junior two-bedroom… As a totally questionable romance blossoms between Woody and his runaway science experiment girlfriend, Eric finds himself quickly rising through the ranks of his new employers at Magnum Security. But when he comes to find that his duties as an on-staff superhero are bit more unsavory than he ever expected, it’s down to Quantum, an old army buddy, and Woody-interloper!-to discover the illicit truth behind Mr. Magnum’s all-seeing private security empire.
Shahrazad #2, written by Kari Castor and Kim Hutchinson, colored by Nei Ruffino
The Sirens of legend have been held against their will for centuries on end. But will Shahrazad save them or leave them to their fate?
Suicide Risk #9, art by Elena Casagrande, cover by Stephanie Hans
With an entire country in their grasp, the supervillain team NIGHTMARE SCENARIO has forced the world’s leaders to come to the table for negotiations. Leo’s plan to help the team achieve their goals with the least amount of bloodshed seems to be working. But JustAFeeling’s namesake warns of an even greater, bloodier calamity, and every life Leo has managed to save helping Nightmare Scenario against his will, is suddenly at risk…
Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald GN, written by Tiziana Lo, art by Daniele Marotta
Dancer, painter, writer, muse, passionate lover, and freethinker, Zelda Fitzgerald is one of the most iconic figures of the Jazz Age. She was only 18 when she met F. Scott Fitzgerald, an ambitious young writer who would turn into one the greatest American authors of all time. Beautiful, talented, irreverent, extravagant, and alcohol-driven, the newly married couple took New York’s high society and the whole literary world by storm. They traveled the world, met Ernest Hemingway, and ended up destroying their love and themselves. Superzelda is a biography, a love story, and a travelogue all wrapped into one, bringing to life one of the most fascinating women of the early 20th century.
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Three #4, colored by Jordie Bellaire
The three helot slaves desperate to escape from the repressive Spartan regime find themselves cornered on the border…but not by the pursuer they expected. Trapped and running out of options, they know the Spartan army is marching closer. They can’t hide. They can’t run. Are they seriously going to fight?
Troubleshooters, Incorporated GN, co-written by Joni M. White
Leaky faucet? Call a plumber. For real problems, call Troubleshooters, Incorporated, the world’s first supernatural superhero team-for-hire! For the right price, Silver Oak (a wizard), Night Stalker (a werewolf), Yolanda (a sorceress), Shadowmist (a female ninja), and Lightshow (a hi-tech-armored roadie) are ready to take your case. Edward Vanderland III is exactly the kind of client TSI is looking for as their first assignment: a millionaire threatened by evil spirits, he’s offering $50,000 for protection. Sounds like a simple enough job for a band of fledgling heroes. Maybe too simple. As it turns out, Vanderland’s enemies - perhaps even Vanderland himself - are a lot more dangerous than the Troubleshooters were expecting. Why, if matters get any worse, they might just have to adjust their billing…