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Furry comics for September 2014 (Previews and Marvel Previews)

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Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #2The only furry comic of note to make the May 2014 bestsellers list was Guardians of the Galaxy #15 at 25, so I’ll add that this month actually sees not one, but two furry takes on War of the Worlds, and I’m excited about both of them.

Which will be the best (or will Alan Moore’s Dr. Moreau vs. Martians still be the best furry War of the Worlds take)?

See also: July 2014, August 2014

Action Lab Entertainment

Ehmm Theory: Everything in Small Doses #1
Written by Brockton McKinney, art by Larkin Ford
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Action Lab’s underground hit series returns! Time-jumping assassin monkeys, an evil military super-force and paranormal ex-lovers plague Gabriel Ehmm and his blood-bound talking feline Mr. Whispers in this eye-smashing, brain-messer of a sequel entitled ‘Everything in Small Doses.’ Features a variant cover by Jerry Gaylord, limited to 1,500 copies!”
crossie’s note: The Gaylord variant is listed at $4.99.

Southern Dog #2
Written by Jeremy Holt, art by Alex Diotto and Riley Rossmo
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“After revealing his involvement with the KKK, Jasper’s father forces him to confront a bully from school through violent tactics. Refusing to participate, Jasper fleas the scene only to succumb to another ‘episode’ as the beast inside of him resurfaces. Unable to fight it, Jasper suddenly finds himself in the middle of his town’s racial war. Featuring series covers by red-hot artist Riley Rossmo (Drumhellar)!”
crossie’s note: This is just a badly written solicit. But the accidental fleas/flees pun which I swear I did not add is just adorable.

Alterna Comics Inc

Empire of the Wolf
Trade Paperback
Written by Michael Kagge, art by Dan Parsons and Doug Beekman
124 pages, full color, US $14.99, rated mature themes
“During the Roman conquest of Britain, a werewolf’s bite re-ignites the legendary feud between Romulus and Remus, pitting two centurions against each other in an epic war of werewolves that will decide the fate of the Roman Empire itself. Empire of the Wolf is the saga that reveals the myth behind the history of ancient Rome.”

Amigo Comics

Beast Commandos #1
Writing and art by Roger Bonet, art by Diego Golindo
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated mature themes
“If you think that White Sharks are bad, prepare yourself to meat DarkShark! A commando in a solo mission – hunting down Don Walrus the Narco, and evil drug lord and gun-addict – with a water gun, guy is in rehab. But Walrus controls the Duckong and brutal mercenaries! Did you miss all the gun-toting grim-and-gritty nonsense from the 90s? This is your book! Guns! Pouches! Gritted teeth! Duck shootings!”
crossie’s note: I heavily edited this solicit because it was just riddled with typos and stupid little mistakes. It’s just embarrassing, actually.

Amp! Comics for Kids

The Mutts Diaries
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Patrick McDonnell
224 pages, full color, US $9.99
“The first Mutts collection in the Amp! Comics for Kids series! Earl is a small mutt with a big heart who cheerfully tugs at the leash on the walk of life. Earl is Mooch the cat’s innocent friend, as well as a witness to Mooch’s antics and is sometimes a reluctant participant. Mooch has a fuzzy way of thinking and exclaiming ‘Yesh!’ when really excited. Lively, animated, confident and silly, Mooch is a smorgasbord of emotions who dances with enthusiasm and sings a lot. Mooch is the curious instigator of action, while the ever-loyal Earl often gets pulled into the fray.”

Antarctic Press

Gold Digger Annual #18
Writing and art by Fred Perry
32 pages, black and white, US $3.99
“Every year, the Gold Digger universe grows and provides more for readers to appreciate. Fred Perry gives month after month, and this is his readers’ chance to give back. Pro and amateur fans alike present their own takes on their favorite GD characters. Whether you’re adding a story or just grabbing up a copy, you too can be a part of the GD universe!”

Gold Digger Halloween Special 2014
Writing and art by Fred Perry
32 pages, black and white, US $3.99
“Gear up in your best costume and ring that doorbell, ‘cause we’ve got a bagful of GD goodies for you! Your favorite cast members dress up and party or case the neighbors for getting tasty treats or pulling high-tech pranks!”

Ninja High School Textbook Vol. 1, Class Reunion Edition
Writing and art by Ben Dunn
600 pages, black and white, US $49.99
“Attention, class! Godfather of American Manga Ben Dunn has some has some heavy reading to kick off your Classic Lit course: the Ninja High School Textbook! The first 25 issues of Ninja High School are all in one massive collection.”

Archie Comic Publications

Sonic the Hedgehog #265
Written by Ian Flynn and Joey Esposito, art by Terry Austin and Tracy Yardley
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“‘Control,’ part 2. The Werehog is unleashed! As the jungle collapse in flames, it’s up to Mighty to bring his feral friend to heal! But can Sonic even tell ally apart from enemy anymore? Then in ‘The Grand Tour,’ Rotor shows off all of the Sky Patrol’s abilities; unfortunately, it’s right as a Badnik Horde attacks! Don’t miss a moment of the action, with cover art from the titanic team of Yardley, Austin and Stanley – plus an epic Sonic Adventure variant from the newest Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!”

Sonic Universe #68
Written by Ian Flynn, art by Jim Amash, Tracey Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The first-ever Sonic Universe trilogy continues here in ‘Total Eclipse,’ part 2! Knuckles leads Team Dark’s Rouge and Omega into the wilds of the Red Mountains, searching for the mysterious Dark Arms. But while the echidna’s away, the darklings will play – but darklings don’t play for fun – they play to kill! With Knuckles’ back turned, the evil Eclipse attacks Shadow the Hedgehog! Can even the ultimate life-form withstand Eclipse’s terrifying Monster Form? Don’t miss the new cover art from Tracy Yardley and returning Sonic painter Ben Hunzeker – plus an all-neww ‘Tabloid’ variant cover by Jonathan H. Gray, Jim Amash and Matt Herms!”

Sonic Saga Volume 6: Mogul Rising
Trade Paperback
Written by Ian Flynn, art by Matte and Tracy Yardley
112 pages, full color, US $11.99
“It’s Sonic vs. everybody! Blast into action at Sonic speed with the continuation of the all-new Sonic Saga graphic novel series! In this volume, Sonic battles the ancient, evil Mammoth Mogul, who has lost his Chaos Emerald and been imprisoned, but backing him into such a corner only made him more dangerous! Mogul uses his remaining powers to summon a new Fearsome Foursome – and Sonic is forced to be one of them! Collects selected stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #185-189.”

Avatar Press

Rover Red Charlie
Trade Paperback
Written by Garth Ennis, art by Michael DiPascale
160 pages, full color, US $19.99, rated MR
“Gart Ennis – the creator of Preacher and Crossed - delivers a story like no other, as an unlikely band of canines set out to survive in a world gone horribly mad. When a worldwide plague wipes out humanity, what happens to man’s best friend? Charlie was a helper dog and he was good at it. Now he and his friends Rover and Red must escape the bloody city and find their way in this strange master-less new world. Ennis applies his incredible talent for shockingly original tales and spot-on dialogue in this fully painted story that will change the way you look at pets and takes you on a spiritual journey of rediscovery through the eyes of these canine best friends. Rover Red Charlie Vol. 1 collects issues #1-6 of the comic book series.”

Bongo Comics

United Plankton Pictures

SpongeBob Comics #36
Written by Derek Drymon, art by Jerry Ordway, Tony Millionaire and James Kolchaka
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“It’s the climactic conclusion of ‘Showdown at the Shady Shoals,’ SpongeBob’s first soggy serial! IN this final chapter, the friendship of aquatic champions Mermaid Man and Viro Reganto transforms all of Bikini Bottom into a world of superhero realism – with stunning new renditions of SpongeBob and Patrick courtesy of Jerry Ordway. Plus a Mr. Krabs comic by Tony Millionaire, SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka and a choose-your-path comic starring the whole cast!”

Boom! Studios

Fairy Quest: Outcasts #2 (of 2)
Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Humberto Ramos
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“After finding the map maker, Red and Woof must venture through the land of Oz and Wonderland to find the end to fiction and the road to reality. On the yellow brick road, there are more dangers than just lions, tigers and bears …”

Translucid #6 (of 6)
Written by Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert, art by Daniel Bayliss and Jeff Stokely
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The Horse’s final play is here. He and The Navigator enter their final clash, and it takes place on a plane no one would expect! The most personal battle of all is here in the finale to this series and only one person is walking away from it!”

Wild’s End #1 (of 6)
Written by Dan Abnett, art by I.N.J. Culbard
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Why we love it: We love smart takes on classic science fiction mythos and who better to take advantage of the iconography of H.G. Wells and War of the Worlds than Dan Abnett, one of comics’ most renowned sci-fi writers and one of the creators responsible for the groundbreaking run on Guardians of the Galaxy that inspired the upcoming Marvel movie. Paired with I.N.J. Culbard, who has made a name for himself with the critically acclaimed adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, it’s a team perfectly built for the visually impactful adventure stories readers love. Why you’ll love it: Inspired by the sci-fi aesthetic of War of the Words and the anthropomorphic characters of Blacksad and Mouse Guard, readers will be blown away by Culbard’s art while fans of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, World’s End) will fall in love with Clive, Peter and Gilbert as they try to survive an alien invasion. What it’s about: When a rural English community of the 1930s is the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life and death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and ultimately fight back.”

Archaia

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1 (of 4)
Writing and art by S.M. Vidaurri
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Why we love it: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller is a beloved celebration of fairy tales and folklore. After releasing a critically acclaimed graphic novel we’re thrilled to bring the property’s magic to single issues. In the spirit of Henson’s inventive imagination, this series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages with an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium. Why you’ll love it: Four anthology style one-shots explore classic witch stories and fairy tales from all over the world, each told by a different creator with a breathtaking style and original voice. It’s tales of magic and wonder as only these storytellers could imagine them. What it’s about: S.M. Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After) unfolds the stunning tale of ‘The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest.’ When her bother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.”

Boom! Box

Teen Dog #1 (of 8)
Writing and art by Jake Lawrence
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Why we love it: Teen Dog is John Hughes meets 90s Nickelodeon cartoons, two of our absolute favorite things. It’s a totally awesome adventure that stars the canine that spun out of Jake Lawrence’s web comic Time Cowboy and kick-flipped his way into our hearts. Why you’ll love it: How was your high school experience? Teen Dog is high school if it didn’t totally blow, and instead ruled the most. Teen angst and whimsical adventures collide in this new series reminiscent of Doug, Saved by the Bell and Kim Possible. What it’s about: Skateboards, football games, prom … your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his best friend Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it!”

kaboom!

Adventure Time #32
Written by Ryan North, art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb and Kostas Kirikakis
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Finn is on an impossible mission to break Magic Man’s curse so that he can finally live his life … and remember it! It’s going to take a lot of pal time and a lot of help from the best of friends but this definitely seems like an adventure that Finn and Jake can take – if only Finn could remember.”

Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy #3 (of 6)
Written by Kent Osborne, art by Mad Rupert and Aimee Fleck
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The Banana Guard trainees get a well-deserved R&R and they are going to make the most of their time. Too bad a flat tire is going to get in the way of that. It’s a crazy weekend for these cadets and it looks like it’s only going to get worse – the Ice King wants to help!”

The Amazing World of Gumball #4
Written by Frank Gibson, art by Tyson Hesse and Missy Pena
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Gumball has to deal with the summertime blues. It was all fun and games at first but now he’s dealing with summer’s worst enemy: boredom! It’s up to Darwin to cheer up his pal before the blues start infecting everyone on their summer vacation.”

Bee and PuppyCat #5
Writing and art by Natasha Allegri, written by Garrett Jackson, art by Emily Hu
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Bee is going to have to figure out a way to stop time if she’s going to be able to keep up with all the temp work heading her way! With the help of PuppyCat, it looks like there is nothing that can stop this magical temp worker from getting stuff done … except maybe an unexpected guest crashing into her apartment.”

Garfield #29
Written by Mark Evanier and Scott Nickel, art by Andy Hirsch and Maris Wicks
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“As everyone heads back to school, we’ve got a fun-filled issue of Garfield for you! First, Garfield and Odie go on a strange trip with their mailman. Then, guest artist Maris Wicks (All-New X-Men, Primates) joins us for a tale of Pooky being abducted by aliens. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and curl up this fall with more all-new Garfield.”

Peanuts #21
Writing and art by Charles M. Schulz
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“When Lucy throws Schroeder’s piano into the Kite-Eating Tree, Charlie Brown and Snoopy must find a way to save the instrument from being chomped. ‘The Piano-Eating Tree’ and many more Peanuts adventures can be found in this month’s issue of all-out fun!”

Regular Show #15
Written by Minty Lewis, art by Allison Strejlau and Andy Hirsch
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“It’s the battle of the coffee shops, and it looks like there is no end in sight for this crazy caffeine war. Margaret and Eileen get ready to fight the war but it looks like Mordecai and Rigby might have a plan to help … to hopefully help … it might help but really, it’s just going to be a lot of fun.”

Adventure Time Vol. 5
Trade Paperback
Written by Ryan North, art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb and Scott Maynard
112 pages, full color, US $14.99
“Princess Bubblegum only wants what is best for her kingdom … most of the time. After an experiment of hers goes wrong, Ooo is under attack and this time, Finn and Jake won’t be able to help. Princess Bubblegum must stand up and fight her own creation, but with the help of Marceline and … Lemongrab? It shouldn’t be too hard to save the day, right? Don’t miss these brand new adventures by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and drawn by our favorite art team in all ages comics, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (The Midas Flesh).

Regular Show Vol. 1: Hydration
Trade Paperback
Written by Rachel Connor, art by Tessa Stone and Allison Strejlau
160 pages, full color, US $11.99
“Why we love it: Mordecai and Rigby star in their very first original graphic novel for Regular Show - it’s a long form story that will be like watching one of their TV episodes. And we’re pretty excited about the team on this: Cartoon Network veteran Rachel Connor (Ed, Edd N Eddy) and Bravest Warriors artist Tessa Stone! Why you’ll love it: We’ve published three original graphic novels for Adventure Time, but for the Regular Show comics, this is its first ever, long form story. And if you like zany stories featuring two best buds who always seem to get into hilarious misadventures, you’ll love this! What it’s about: The summer is turning into a roast-fest and Mordecai and Rigby are desperate to find a way to cool down. But when a mystery pool suddenly appears and offers a chance to beat the heat, it’s only a matter of time before these two best bros find themselves in totally water-logged trouble.”

Dark Horse

Abe Sapien
Written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, art by Sebastian Fiumara and Dave Stewart
32 pages, full color, US $3.50, on sale Sep 10
“Abe returns to the place where Fenix shot him, and things get worse when a mysterious gas begins to leak from the ground. Pursued by a crew sent to bring him down, he runs into two different apocalypse cults, one of which worships Abe!”

Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #2 (of 6)
Writing and art by Stan Sakai, art by Tom Luth
24 pages, black and white, US $3.99, on sale Sep 3
“The sudden crash landing of a rocket from the heavens has shattered the warring armies of Lords Noriyuki and Hikiji. His forces all but annihilated, Hikiji himself is taken – and when the ninja Chizu goes to investigate, she encounters bizarre being constructing fearsome machines. Will the remaining samurai be enough to overcome the aliens’ unbelievably destructive weaponry?”

Grandville Noel
Hardcover
Writing and art by Bryan Talbot
104 pages, full color, US $19.99, on sale Nov 5
“Detective Inspector LeBrock stalks a cult responsible for horrific mass murder. With Paris in the grip of a mysterious crime lord and violent attacks by human terrorists, can LeBrock stop the inevitable slide into fascism? And could this all be part of a centuries-old conspiracy to throw the world into war?”
crossie’s note: Like last month’s Blacksad and Usagi Yojimbo hardcovers, technically not a September release, so I’d normally skip it, but too important not to mention.

DC

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #6
Written by Sholly Fisch, art by Dario Brizuela
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated E, on sale Sep 3
“When the Hall of Justice is haunted, who can the Super Friends call to save the day? Their pals Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne, of course! But when the Mystery Machine pulls into town, will the gang be able to help, or will Shaggy’s phobias give these ghosts an advantage?!”

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #49
Written by Sholly Fisch, art by Robert Pope, Scott McRae and Scott Jeralds
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated E, on sale Sep 10
“Scooby and the gang expected to relax and soak up some culture at an outdoor Shakespeare festival in their neighborhood park. But ‘culture’ turns to ‘Creature!’ when the Shakespearean sprite Puck breaks up the show and starts turning the audience into animals! Can the gang unmask the phony sprite and get rid of Shaggy’s donkey ears and tail?”

Vertigo

Fables #144
Written by Bill Willingham, art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Nimit Malavia
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated mature readers, on sale Sep 17
“This is our solicitation, going out to every nation, for a new issue of Fables taking wing. We thought we would this time do the entire blurb in rhyme just to see if anyone actually reads this thing. In this issue, Bigby resurrected, quite more monstrous than expected, is challenged by a golden-armored knight. They throw down in the city and won’t it be a pity if lives are lost during the bloody fight. As our special gift to you we make this promise true that the actual issue won’t be all a-rhyme. ‘Twill be done in the best prose we know about Bigby and his Fabled foe and their vicious battle fought with expert timing.”
crossie’s note: Don’t never do that again.

Fairest #29
Written by Mark Buckingham, art by Russ Braun and Adam Hughes
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated mature readers, on sale Sep 3
“A moment of happiness for Reynard is brutally cut short in the latest chapter of ‘The Clamour for Glamour.’ Life as a man is still not doing Reynard any favors, but can the cunning of a fox save both Reynard and Meghan from a terrible fate? Meanwhile, spells are cast at the Farm, but for some the long wait is proving too hard to bear. Can Owl find a way to lift the spirits of his beloved Pussycat as the forlorn feline dreams of escape?”

Fantagraphics Books

The Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Carl Barks
96 pages, full color, US $12.99
“One of Donald Duck’s most famous adventures leads off our new line of affordable kid-sized Donald Duck books: budget-minded books packed with fun, laughs and adventure in every 96-page edition. Each story is complete with the original story and art. Includes the title story plus bonus stories written and drawn by Disney legend Carl Barks!”

Mickey Mouse Vol. 6 “Lost in Lands of Long Ago”
Hardcover
Writing and art by Floyd Gottfredson, written by David Gerstein and Gary Groth
288 pages, partial color, US $35
“Fantagraphics’ award winning archival series continues with Mickey and Goofy entering a prehistoric lost world teeming with danger. From stampeding brontosaurs to saber-tooth tigers, all of Goofy’s least favorite Stone Age scares are here. Author Floyd Gottfredson produced a cavalcade of rip-roaring tales starring Mickey and Lost in Lands of Long Ago is no exception. Also included are several other stories and more than 30 pages of rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a clan of Disney cave bears.”

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
Hardcover
Writing and art by Charles M. Schulz
64 pages, partial color, US $9.99
“Linus and his wait for the Great Pumpkin have been a pop culture touchstone for nearly 50 years thanks to the animated television special, and it all started in the classic Peanuts strips from 1959-1962 collected in this affordable, fun-sized gift book. Charles M. Schulz’s homage to the power of idealism and belief makes these some of the most beloved comic strips of all time.”

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: “The Seven Cities of Gold”
Hardcover
Writing and art by Carl Barks
240 pages, full color, US $29.99
“This is the Scrooge story famous for providing Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with inspiration for parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laugh-out-loud comedy and all-around cartooning brilliance.”

First Second

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth
Trade Paperback
Written by Ian Lendler, art by Zack Giallongo
80 pages, partial color, US $12.99
“The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo – until the gates shut at night! That’s when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they’ve got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers scales and tails. Macbeth, Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, has never been so funny as when it’s performed by the animals of Stratford Zoo!”
crossie’s note: Also available in hardcover for $19.99

Graphix

Bird & Squirrel On Ice (Volume 2)
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by James Burk
128 pages, full color, US $8.99
“Bird and Squirrel are back and ready for adventure! After Bird and Squirrel crash land in the South Pole during a raging blizzard, a penguin named Sakari thinks Bird has come to rid her village of a hungry Killer Whale. But when Squirrel finds out that Bird will actually be fed to the Killer Whale as a sacrifice, they hatch a crazy plan to escape. With good timing, a little luck and help from Sakari, they just might make it out alive. Or they might end up as whale food!”

Hermes Press

Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds #4
Written by Rob M. Worley, art by Joshua Buchanan and Jenny Parks
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Scratch travels to ancient Egypt where he’s caught in a battle between the Pharoah’s cat and a powerful Norse Thunder Cat! Then, in the 23rd Century he must aid the cybernetically-enhanced N3KO in saving the future city of Novemubros from the multiplicitous Cat 13! Meanwhile, Penelope builds herself a robotic ally. All this and cover art by Marvel artist Jenny Parks!”

IDW

Angry Birds Comics #4
Written by Paul Tobin, art by David Baldeon and Jean-Michel Beesch
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“In this issue, the Angry Birds go undercover behind enemy lines. Can they rescue their precious eggs from the Piggy Training Camp? Find out as Eisner-award winner Paul Tobin delivers more bird-filled fun in this fourth installment featuring three egg-citing stories!”

Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #4 (of 6)
Written by Louise Simonson, art by Derek Charm
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The League of Extraordinary Villains have created a robot army of the captive heroes Samurai Jack, Ben 10, Dexter and the Powerpuff Girls, with plans to conquer the Universe. Why would they do such a crazy thing? Why are there no Ed, Edd and Eddy robots? And how can our heroes stop them?”

Littlest Pet Shop #5 (of 6)
Written by Georgia Ball, art by Nicanor Pena
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Everyone’s favorite bunny joins the cast! Buttercream shows up at the Littlest Pet Shop and brings her usual brand of zaniness!”

My Little Pony Annual 2014
Written by Ted Anderson, art by Ben Bates
48 pages, full color, US $7.99
“Check out the original Power Ponies in action! When Mane-iac assembles an all-star team of villains, the Power Ponies may be outmatched! It will take a familiar face from Equestria to even the odds! Get ready for super powered adventure like you’ve never seen it!”

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #9
Writen by Christine Rico, art by Tony Fleecs and Amy Mebberson
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Granny visits an apple convention and is dismayed to see the Flim Flam brothers are up to their old tricks. Only the two are no longer working together … something has divided the brothers! It will be up to Granny to mend hurt feelings. But will she want to?”

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #23
Written by Jeremy Whitley, art by Amy Mebberson and Sara Richard
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“A special one-shot issue featuring the ponies’ pets! When some new trouble comes into Ponyville, all of our normal heroes are incapacitated. Luckily help is on the way in the form of Angel, Owlicious, Gummy, Tank, Winona and Opal! Will they be able to use teamwork to save the day?”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38
Written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, art by Mateus Santolouco and Kevin Eastman
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Old Hob has perfected the art of making mutants! With the ranks of his mutant gang swelling, the Turtles will have to determine if they can truly trust Hob against the Foot. Throw in Alopex’s return to New York and the mutant mayhem will only get crazier!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #15
Written by Landry Walker, art by Chad Thomas, Marcelo Ferreira and Dario Brizuela
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Leonardo is determined to whip his brothers into shape and creates the mother of all obstacle courses! Unfortunately he’s captured by Fishface who turns Leo’s course into a death trap! Will the other Turtles be able to rescue Leo?”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #4 (of 4)
Written by Paul Allor, art by Dan Duncan and David Petersen
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The Turtles’ time-travelling adventure comes to its epic conclusion in the not-too-distant future! The Turtles are shocked to discover a Manhattan changed from the home they know. Surprising enemies and allies await them, in addition to grave decisions. Will they be able to make it back home and save the future?”

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 5
Trade Paperback
Written by Katie Cook, art by Andy Price
104 pages, full color, US $17.99
“The ponies embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to a new world in desperate need of aid in ‘Reflections’.”

Rocky and Bullwinkle: Moose on the Loose
Trade Paperback
Written by Mark Evanier, art by Roger Langridge
104 pages, full color, US $17.99
“Welcome Bullwinkle the Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel back to comics in these four great tales, ‘The Psychic Sidekick’, ‘The Washed-Up Wizard’, ‘First Moose on the Moon’ and ‘The Burger Monster’. Plus, four back-up stories featuring everbody’s favorite Mountie, Dudley Do-Right.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures, Vol. 3
Written by Kenny Byerly, Derek Fridolfs and Landry Walker, art by Dario Brizuala and Chad Thomas
104 pages, full color, US $17.99
“Four more tales based in the world of the hit TV show! The Turtles’ adventures include trying to fix Metal Head the robot, a Valentine’s Day with Spider Bytez, dealing with a malfunctioning Footbot and a madcap race to stop a secret package from hitting the mail.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan, Deluxe Workprint Edition
Hardcover
Writing and art by Mateus Santolouco, written by Erik Burnham
304 pages, partial color, US $75
“Experience the Turtles as never before! The complete Foot Clan mini-series has been laid out with each page of script on the left and the original scans of pen and ink artwork without word balloons presented on the right-hand side. This special collection also contains the complete TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan presented in the traditional, full color, final format, plus exclusive creator commentary. This deluxe limited-edition hardcover features an exclusive cover and case as well as 8 pages of bonus content.”

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Elephantmen #61
Written by Richard Starkings, art by Axel Medellin and Boo Cook
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated M, on sale Sep 24
“Sahara, the Red Queen of the City of Angels, must deal with some Demons.”

God Hates Astronauts #1
Writing and art by Ryan Browne
32 pages, full color, US $3.50, rated M, on sale Sep 3
“Ryan Browne’s (Manhattan Projects, Bedlam) farcical cult-sensation returns with a new story: perfect for new readers! A NASA funded group of arrogant ‘super people’ must stop a rash of famers that have been using rocket-powered silos to launch themselves into outer space! As these Astro-Farmers fire themselves all over the galaxy, NASA must utilize their every resource (a guy with a ghost-cow head, a bunch of magic bears and a Chicago cop with robot arms) to avoid an intergalactic incident!”

Invincible #115
Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn and John Rauch
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated T+, on sale Sep 17
“As the events on Earth grow more dire, we turn our attention toward space … we turn our attention toward … Thragg vs. Battle Beast!”

Mice Templar IV: Legend #14
Writing and art by Michael Avon Oeming, written by Bryan J.L. Glass, art by Victor Santos and Serena Guerra
56 pages, full color, US $5.99, rated T, on sale Sep 24
“Karic the Many. Possessed by the Red Ant god, Karic’s long-prophesied doom becomes reality as the would-be savior of the mice becomes an instrument of vengeance for the great demon lord Donas the Nathair! On the very brink of restoration, the Templar find themselves trapped between the insatiable hunger of The Many … and the unstoppable insect Guardians of the Dusk and Dawn! Plus … Hammer of the Gods returns to Image Comics in a three-part story: ‘Hands of the Dwarf’ by Michael Avon Oeming and Mark Wheatley. The mythical Rattatosk the squirrel that lives in the World Tree provokes a war, and uses the cursed Modi to do it!”

Shutter #6
Written by Joe Keatinge, art by Leila Del Duca and Owen Gieni
32 pages, full color, US $3.50, rated M, on sale Sep 17
“Kate Kristopher makes a stand against sins past as the smash-hit series’ first arc reaches its bloody finale.”

Superannuated Man #3
Writing and art by Ted McKeever
32 pages, black and white, US $3.99, rated M, on sale Sep 10
“The theory of evolution is turned on its proverbial ear when a demented scientist warthog and his lizard assistant begin performing visceral experiments on our hapless protagonist, He.”

Kodansha Comics

Sherlock Bones Volume 7
Trade Paperback
Written by Yuma Ando, art by Yuki Sato
200 pages, black and white, US $10.99
“Sherlock Holmes, reincarnated as a dog (Sherlock Bones), tackles solving inexplicable crimes with his faithful owner/partner Takeru (who Holmes believes is actually Watson).”

Marvel

Deadpool Bi-Annual #1
Written by Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti, art by Salva Espin and David Nakayama
40 pages, US $4.99, rated parental advisory
“When Deadpool is hired by WaterWorld to protect their theme park from activists, he has no idea he’s going to wind up face to snout with Brute Force – protectors of the environement! Look ‘em up! That’s right – they’re real! Written by star of The League and NTSF:SD:SUV Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannettie, this is one issue sure to make a splash*! *This joke was not written by them.”
crossie’s note: Seems to be a lot of not furry Marvel comics with furry guest stars this month. Also, asterisks.

Figment #4 (of 5)
Written by Jim Zub, art by Filipe Andrade and John Tyler Christopher
32 pages, US $3.99, rated all ages
“Revealing the origins of one of Disney’s most imaginative characters! An all-new steampunk fantasy story exploring the never-before-revealed first adventure of the inventor known as Dreamfinder and his famous dragon Figment! Clockwork Control invades London while Blair and Figment are trapped within the Nightmare Nation! Our intrepid explorers must find the power to escape or be lost inside their deepest fears forever! Acclaimed creators Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) give a Marvel spin to the mind-expanding attraction Journey into Imagination!”

Guardians of the Galaxy #19
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Ed McGuinness
32 pages, US $3.99, rated T
“An ‘Original Sin’ Tie-in! Last we checked, Star-Lord, Thanos and Nova were trapped in the Cancerverse … But Star-Lord and Thanos seem to be running around just fine. So what exactly happened to Richard Rider?”

Ms. Marvel #8
Written by G. Willow Wilson, art by Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie
32 pages, US $2.99, rated T+
“Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity for the first time – by meeting the royal pup, Lockjaw! Every girl wants a puppy, but this one may be too much of a handful, even for a super hero with embiggening powers. He may be the Queen’s pooch, but this dog’s one royal pain in the neck. And the return of Adrian Alphona!”
crossie’s note: Whether or not Lockjaw is anthropomorphic or not is actually just as likely to be debated outside of furry than in.

New Warriors #9
Written by Christopher Yost, art by Marcus To and Takeshi Miyazawa
32 pages, US $3.99, rated T+
“Special issue! It’s the anti-buddy movie as odd couple Justice and Scarlet Spider hit the road together, heading for Houston, Texas. Scarlet Spider never wanted to be on a team, with … people. And this issue he shocks no one by quitting! Can Justice convince him to stay? No! Can they dude-bond by fighting a hundred foot tall guy in a bear suit? Probably not?”

Rocket Raccoon #3
Writing and art by Skottie Young
32 pages, US $3.99, rated T
“Everyone’s favorite pistol-packin’ procyon* finally finds himself face-to-face with the intergalactic imposter. It’s macho ado about everything as Macho Gomez guest-stars and the Ex-Terminators are hot on Rocket’s tail! *Procyon is the scientific term for raccoon, obviously.”

Perfect Square

Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 24
Trade Paperback
Written by Hidenori Kusaka, art by Satoshi Yamamoto
216 pages, black and white, US $9.99, CAN $12.99, rated A, on sale Sep 3
“Red is downhearted after being defeated by the Mythical Pokémon Deoxys and fears that Professor Oak has given up on him. With the support of Blue and Green and an unexpected powerful Pokémon ally, he continues on his journey. But then he must face a formidable human opponent – Giovanni! Meanwhile, what clues to his past will Silver find in Viridian City …?”

Selfmadehero

Ricky Rouse Has a Gun
Trade Paperback
Written by Jorg Tittel, art by John Aggs
180 pages, full color, US $24.95
“Rick Rouse is a US Army deserter who, after running away to China, gets a job at Fengxian Amusement Park – a family destination heavily ‘inspired’ by Western culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with a red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat’s tail), Bumbo (small ears and a big behind) and dozens of other original characters. The park’s general manager is convinced that Rick was destined to greet Fengxian customers, dressed as none other than Ricky Rouse. This original graphic novel is a relentless action comedy, a satire of US-China relations, a parody of Western entertainment, and a look at china, a culture ripe with innovation and a unique, courageous spirit.”

Valiant Entertainment

The Delinquents #2 (of 4)
Written by James Asmus and Fred Van Lente, art by Kano and Paolo Rivera
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated T+, on sale Sep 17
“Well … that escalated quickly. Quantum and Woody and Archer & Armstrong are riding the rails looking for the lost treasure of the Hobo King. Each armed with one half of a mysterious map, these two tandems have unwittingly been pitted against each other in a four-way free-for-all … but could either team get along long enough to achiever their mission? The world’s worst crossover joyride is about to enter uncharted territory!”

Quantum and Woody Vol. 3: Crooked Pasts, Present Tense
Trade Paperback
Written by James Asmus, art by Tom Fowler, Kano, Wilfredo Torres and Erica Henderson
128 pages, full color, US $14.99, rated T+, on sale Sep 17
“There’s a new scourge sweeping the streets of the big city – robo-crime! Eric needs to know he can trust Woody – and that means Woody needs to get a job, open a bank account, sign up for a library card and do all the things a responsible adult does. But when a new gang of rogue mad-scientist super-criminals launch a wave of robot-enabled mega-crimes, will Woody stop them … or join them? Plus: the return of Edison’s Radical Acquisitions and the thrilling secret origin of … the one and only Goat! Collecting Quantum and Woody #9-12 and Quantum and Woody: The Goat #0, the world’s worst superhero team unleashes a volatile new batch of high-stakes hijinks right here with an all-new collection of adventures from awarding-winning writer James Asmus (Thief of Thieves) and acclaimed artists Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One), Kano (Gotham Central) and Wilfredo Torres (The Shadow: Year One).

Yen Press

Soul Eater Volume 22
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Atsushi Ohkubo
208 pages, black and white, US $13, rated mature themes
“Young meisters battle to strengthen their weapons and eradicate the evil souls that threaten our world in this comedic action series! The remaining Death Weapons, along with Kid, gather to stage their assault on the moon. As they approach the Kishin’s hideout, Stein and Justin clash in a violent, madness-fueled battle. Stein struggles to maintain his grip on sanity while Justin draws power from the Kishin’s inexhaustible aura of madness. Everyone knows there will be casualties on the road to restoring ‘order’ – but will Stein become the first?”
crossie’s note: Well, that a wrap. Until next time, let the ponies hit the floor.

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Remember when Usagi Yojimbo prided itself (ghosts and goblins aside) on being based, however loosely, on real Japanese history? How Miyamoto Usagi surviving the Battle of Adachigahara was based on the real-life Miyamoto Musashi surviving the real-life Battle of Sekigahara, and so on?

War of the freakin' Worlds?! Stan Sakai's really lost it.

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I think he made it clear in an earlier interview I read that this very much not canon with the rest of Usagi Yojimbo.

So this is an "imaginary story," though, as Alan Moore pointed out, aren't they all?

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Formerly Wichita's only furry comic.