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Market Monday: Small Press New Releases, January 29, 2014

Adventure Time 2014 Winter Special, includes story by Janet Rose and Allison Strejlau, cover by Becky Dreistadt

WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a perfect issue of snowy ADVENTURE TIME tales to curl up with by the fire and a cup of hot chocolate.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: An all-star team of indie cartoonists bring you stories as warm as your holiday spirit. Who doesn’t love a snow day?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: It’s winter time in the land of Ooo! Join your favorite characters in a collection of short stories as they embrace the cold! Snow, sweaters, and chilling adventures!

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Saga #18, art by Fiona Staples

Our heroes’ stay on Quietus reaches its inevitable conclusion.

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Witchblade #172, art by Laura Braga, colored by Betsy Gonia

Sara Pezzini will soon discover who the Witchblade chose to be its next bearer…

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WWE Superstars #2, art by Alitha Martinez, colored by JayJay Jackson

"Yes!" Imagine a city much like any other crumbling, crime-ridden, corrupt modern city, except it? key people are shockingly similar to WWE super-stars. That city is Titan City. And Titan City is on the brink of chaos while warring factions try to track down the missing $10,000,000.00 that was allegedly stolen by John Cena! CM Punk prepares the people against the corrupt McMahon machine. John Cena finds himself manhandled by the enforcer Mark Henry. And Randy Orton confronts someone who could change the landscape of the city forever with just one word: yes! Daniel Bryan is ready to take over!

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Market Monday: August 14, 2013 New Releases

Digital Spotlight!

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Subatomic Party Girls #2, art by Erica Henderson

Stranded on the other side of the galaxy after a publicity stunt gone wrong, Cleo, Libby and Vette have just gotten a new gig: A command performance for the mysterious Boss Drixly! What does he want from Beryllium steel, and what is the secret of the Empty Museum? Hold on, Action Agents, this one’s gonna get wild!

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Wander: Olive Hopkins and the Ninth Kingdom #3, art by Grace Allison

After storming out of her crappy coffee shop job, perpetual NYU grad student Olive Hopkins decides to throw a massive pity party for herself using the last of her meager savings. She discovers the next morning that not only does she have a massive hangover: she’s somehow been transported into The Ninth Kingdom, a fantasy realm straight out of that section of the Barnes and Noble she always avoided. How’d she get here? How’s she going to get home? Most of all: where can she get a good slice and a pack of Camel Lights? She’s dying here.(#1)

Olive gets to know a little more about one of her companions. Forest ninjas attack our heroes. A bird gets it in the neck.(#3)

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Singles of the Week!

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Saga #13, art by Fiona Staples

THE SMASH-HIT, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES RETURNS!Now that you’ve read the first two bestselling collections of SAGA, you’re all caught up and ready to jump on the ongoing train with Chapter Thirteen, beginning an all-new monthly sci-fi/fantasy adventure, as Hazel and her parents head to the planet Quietus in search of cult romance novelist D. Oswald Heist.

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World’s Finest #15, art by Emanuela Lupacchino

Power Girl and Huntress find that a major player from Apokolips is stuck on Earth just like they are! How will their next move affect Earth 2?

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Collection of the Week!

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Avengers Assemble vol. 2: Science Bros TP, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Two scientists, two giant egos. One wears a tank - one is a tank. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are science bros! And when a fellow big-brain goes missing, the two heroes take bets who can find him first! It’s Amazing Race, Avengers-style, as Iron Man and Hulk embark on a global manhunt with the ultimate prize at stake: bragging rights! But what happens when a 20-million-year-old evolutionary catalyst infects the Hulk? The Avengers must find the missing scientist before he and his Order of the Dragon unleash his bacteria on the entire world! Then: The Black Widow’s sins have resurfaced! Widow, Spider-Woman and Hawkeye travel to Siberia to search for a missing girl with ties to an old Soviet assassination. But the truth behind the girl’s disappearance may be more than the Avengers are prepared to handle! Plus: a major turning point in the life of the android Avenger known as the Vision! Collecting AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #9-13 and ANNUAL #1.

More new releases under the cut!

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Market Monday: August 7th New Releases

Book of the Week

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A Distant Soil vol. 1: The Gathering TP by Colleen Doran

The first new edition of the A Distant Soil series since 1987: 240-pages of story and art completely restored and remastered with new cover art and all new interior design. A teen brother and sister, Jason and Liana, are confined to a mental hospital where they are the subject of secret government experiments. They escape their prison only to be pursued by supernatural forces, strange alien people, and creatures with unique powers. Separated and kidnapped by two different factions of warring worlds, they learn they are the children of a race of powerful and ageless psychic beings. The brother and sister are then used by both factions of these alien forces to unknowingly battle against one another. Combining the sci-fi space opera of Star Wars and the visual opulence of Final Fantasy, the A Distant Soil saga finds Liana forced to ascend to the throne of the alien world. Her unique power makes her a living weapon of mass destruction, the first line of defense for the corrupt alien government.

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Singles of the Week

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Knightingail: The Shadow Divisions #1, art by Mel Joy San Juan, colored by Katrina Mae Hao

Knightingail: Shadow Divisions picks up the Knightingail saga where the first volume left off. Knightingail assaults the captured city of Suscitatio to rescue Carver families imprisoned in the vast gem mines underneath the city. However, she is not alone in her fight. Each of her mystical powered Centurion tribesmen - Kaeli, Daniel, Maragus, and Purefire - join her along the way. It’s a supernatural power fight with surprises never before seen in comics.

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Princeless: Tales of Girls Who Rock! one-shot, art by Tara Abbamondi, Jen Vaughn, and Angi Shearstone

Princess Adrienne is on the loose again, and this time she brought some friends! While Adrienne may be the first runaway princess, she’s certainly not the only girl who rocks! Come join Adrienne, Bedelia, Sparky, Tempest, and some brand new friends in Princeless: Tales of Girls Who Rock, a one-shot sure to introduce you to your next comics obsession!

Collection of the Week

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics TP, contains work by Alison Bechdel, Paige Braddock, Jennifer Camper, Diane DiMassa, Kris Dresen, Leslie Ewing, Joyce Farmer, Ellen Forney, Isabel Franc, Leanne Franson, Roberta Gregory, Michelle Grubin, Joan Hilty, Gina Kamentsky, Lee Marrs, Susanna Martín, Carrie McNinch, Erika Moen, Annie Murphy, MariNaomi, Andrea Natalie, Trina Robbins, Roxxie, Joey Alison Sayers, Ariel Schrag, Christine Smith, and Mary Wings

Queer cartooning encompasses some of the best and most interesting comics of the last four decades, with creators tackling complex issues of identity and a changing society with intelligence, humor, and imagination. This book celebrates this vibrant artistic underground by gathering together a collection of excellent stories that can be enjoyed by all.

No Straight Lines showcases major names such as Alison Bechdel (whose book Fun Home was named Time Magazine’s 2006 Book of the Year), Howard Cruse (whose groundbreaking Stuck Rubber Baby is now back in print), and Ralf Koenig (one of Europe’s most popular cartoonists), as well as high-profile, cross-over creators who have dabbled in LGBT cartooning, like legendary NYC artist David Wojnarowicz and media darling and advice columnist Dan Savage. No Straight Lines also spotlights many talented creators who never made it out of the queer comics ghetto, but produced amazing work that deserves wider attention.

Until recently, queer cartooning existed in a parallel universe to the rest of comics, appearing only in gay newspapers and gay bookstores and not in comic book stores, mainstream bookstores or newspapers. The insular nature of the world of queer cartooning, however, created a fascinating artistic scene. LGBT comics have been an uncensored, internal conversation within the queer community, and thus provide a unique window into the hopes, fears, and fantasies of queer people for the last four decades.

These comics have forged their aesthetics from the influences of underground comix, gay erotic art, punk zines, and the biting commentaries of drag queens, bull dykes, and other marginalized queers. They have analyzed their own communities, and their relationship with the broader society. They are smart, funny, and profound. No Straight Lines will be heralded by people interested in comics history, and people invested in LGBT culture will embrace it as a unique and invaluable collection.

Merchandise of the Week

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Lying Cat shirts art by Fiona Staples

So you say you don’t want one of these snazzy Saga t-shirts featuring all-new art by FIONA STAPLES?

"Lying."

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There’s an article about SAGA in the latest issue of Time magazine! Here’s Fiona Staples’ illustration for it.

The article is subscriber-only, but this illustration is great! When are those Prince Robot plushies going on sale?

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There’s an article about SAGA in the latest issue of Time magazine! Here’s Fiona Staples’ illustration for it.

The article is subscriber-only, but this illustration is great! When are those Prince Robot plushies going on sale?

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!

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Market Monday
Saga #8, art by Fiona Staples

Former soldier and new mom Alana has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies and alien monstrosities, but now she faces her greatest challenge yet: the in-laws.

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Saga #8, art by Fiona Staples

Former soldier and new mom Alana has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies and alien monstrosities, but now she faces her greatest challenge yet: the in-laws.

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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
Saga #7, art by Fiona Staples

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ smash-hit ongoing series returns! An all-new adventure begins, as new parents Marko and Alana make an unexpected discovery in the vast emptiness of outer space.

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Saga #7, art by Fiona Staples

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ smash-hit ongoing series returns! An all-new adventure begins, as new parents Marko and Alana make an unexpected discovery in the vast emptiness of outer space.

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Market Tuesday 
Life with Archie #24, variant cover by Fiona Staples

"Archie Marries Veronica" - Change is afoot in Riverdale! After the devastating shooting of his partner, Kevin rethinks his risky career path while Clay recuperates. Kevin’s not the only one with a career shift in mind as Veronica moves on from Lodge Industries and Riverdale’s Mayor Moose contemplates making a political move to the senate. Plus, it’s the premiere of Reggie and Betty’s reality show at the Chok’lit Shoppe and Jughead is pulling out all the stops to make it a Hollywood-style event! In a night filled with excitement, Kevin has an announcement that will set the scene for many issues to come! "Archie Marries Betty" - It’s the reunion we’ve all been waiting for as The Archies reunite to help raise money for a worthy cause. Jellybean’s unreliability comes to a head with older brother Jughead after the stress of Midge’s pregnancy takes its toll. Conflicts aside, this issue is a can’t-miss affair with Josie and the Pussycats making their Life with Archie debut as the headlining act for the grand opening of Archie’s new music club.

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Market Tuesday

Life with Archie #24, variant cover by Fiona Staples

"Archie Marries Veronica" - Change is afoot in Riverdale! After the devastating shooting of his partner, Kevin rethinks his risky career path while Clay recuperates. Kevin’s not the only one with a career shift in mind as Veronica moves on from Lodge Industries and Riverdale’s Mayor Moose contemplates making a political move to the senate. Plus, it’s the premiere of Reggie and Betty’s reality show at the Chok’lit Shoppe and Jughead is pulling out all the stops to make it a Hollywood-style event! In a night filled with excitement, Kevin has an announcement that will set the scene for many issues to come! "Archie Marries Betty" - It’s the reunion we’ve all been waiting for as The Archies reunite to help raise money for a worthy cause. Jellybean’s unreliability comes to a head with older brother Jughead after the stress of Midge’s pregnancy takes its toll. Conflicts aside, this issue is a can’t-miss affair with Josie and the Pussycats making their Life with Archie debut as the headlining act for the grand opening of Archie’s new music club.

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Market Tuesday
Criminal Macabre: They Fight By Night one-shot, cover by Fiona Staples

After Cal McDonald’s recent resurrection into the world of monsters, he’s back to his old game: solving crimes involving creatures that go bump in the night. After a political candidate is mysteriously decapitated on live TV, Cal teams up with his ghoulish sidekick Mo’Lock and an LAPD detective to find out who the culprit is … and if it’s connected to the brewing war of darkness.

Market Tuesday

Criminal Macabre: They Fight By Night one-shot, cover by Fiona Staples

After Cal McDonald’s recent resurrection into the world of monsters, he’s back to his old game: solving crimes involving creatures that go bump in the night. After a political candidate is mysteriously decapitated on live TV, Cal teams up with his ghoulish sidekick Mo’Lock and an LAPD detective to find out who the culprit is … and if it’s connected to the brewing war of darkness.

Market Tuesday
National Comics: Madame X #1, cover by Fiona Staples

The classic DC character Madame Xanadu is reimagined in a compelling new way! The once-famous tarot card reader Madame X now works at a law firm as the resident “psychic” – but can her “powers” help her solve a complicated new case? From the acclaimed team of Rob Williams (Iron Man, Cla$$War) and Trevor Hairsine (Captain America, Cla$$War)!

Market Tuesday

National Comics: Madame X #1, cover by Fiona Staples

The classic DC character Madame Xanadu is reimagined in a compelling new way! The once-famous tarot card reader Madame X now works at a law firm as the resident “psychic” – but can her “powers” help her solve a complicated new case? From the acclaimed team of Rob Williams (Iron Man, Cla$$War) and Trevor Hairsine (Captain America, Cla$$War)!

Market Monday
Saga vol. 1 TP, art by Fiona Staples

From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (MYSTERY SOCIETY, NORTH 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”

Market Monday

Saga vol. 1 TP, art by Fiona Staples

From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (MYSTERY SOCIETY, NORTH 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”

Market Monday
Saga #6, art by Fiona Staples

The epic hit series continues, as Alana and her baby finally reach the legendary Rocketship Forest, where everything changes forever.

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Saga #6, art by Fiona Staples

The epic hit series continues, as Alana and her baby finally reach the legendary Rocketship Forest, where everything changes forever.

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Market Monday
Saga #5, art by Fiona Staples

The smash hit ongoing series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continues, as Prince Robot IV’s hunt for Hazel and her parents takes a deadly turn.

Market Monday

Saga #5, art by Fiona Staples

The smash hit ongoing series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continues, as Prince Robot IV’s hunt for Hazel and her parents takes a deadly turn.

Market Monday
Saga #4, art by Fiona Staples

Welcome to SEXTILLION, a distant planet where even your darkest fantasies become reality. See why everyone’s talking about this hit new ongoing adventure from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and FIONA STAPLES!

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Market Monday

Saga #4, art by Fiona Staples

Welcome to SEXTILLION, a distant planet where even your darkest fantasies become reality. See why everyone’s talking about this hit new ongoing adventure from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and FIONA STAPLES!

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