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Furry comics for February 2013 (Previews and Marvel Previews)

Edited as of Mon 26 May 2014 - 00:56
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Here’s what’s coming up in February next year, for those of you who buy comic books. For those of you who don’t, I guess you can skip this one.

Ape Entertainment

Dragons: Riders of Berk #2
Written by Aaron Sparrow and Jai Nitz, art by James Silvani, Amy Mebberson and Aaron Lopresti
Full color, 28 pages, US $3.99
“When the entire Hairy Hooligan clan leaves for the annual Fishing Festival, they leave the dragons locked up for the day … that is, until Mildew sets them loose to wreak havoc! Can Toothless keep his fire-breathing brethren from wrecking the village while the Vikings are away? And in our back-up tale, having a village full of two-ton pets can lead to certain waste dispostal issues. Can Hiccup come up with a way to keep the streets of Berk free of dragon deposits?”

Penguins of Madagascar Volume 2 #4
Written by Jackson Lanzing, art by Anonio Campo and Bob Renzas
Full color, 24 pages, US $3.99
“The comics based on DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon’s hit TV series continues! When a visiting zoologist stops to inspect Mort a little more closely, he discovers that he is in fact one of the very last of his particular subspecies of endangered lemur. This makes Mort the new central attraction of the New York Zoo – much to King Julien’s absolute horror!”

Antarctic Press

Action Time Buddies #1
Written by Robby Bevard, art by Fred Perry
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“What time is it, bronies? It’s Action Time! The fan-favorite internet sensation now has its own comic book! Bro the Kung-fu Pegasus, Artie the Bookworm Ninja and Kid the Boy Pilot are out to find danger, monsters, bad guys and the magic of friendship in their most exciting, wackiest adventure time on the playground of life yet! The action scene is just kicking into gear, so don’t miss out on this exploding phenomenon! This first issue is sure to get snapped up!”

Gold Digger #148
Writing and art by Fred Perry
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Ancient Gina journeys into the chronographic territory of the Void to discover more about how to stop it from welling up through chronospace to envelope her continuum. The malevolent entity is prepared, however, and ensnares her, torturing her with visions of what it will do to everyone she’s ever loved! But Ancient Gina has a hidden ace: a robotic friend who’s traveled from the dawn of time to light her darkest hour. An ancient peebo named Peebri!”

Archie Comic Publications

Sonic the Hedgehog #246
Written by Ian Flynn, art by Terry Austin, Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99
“Endangered Species, the conclusion! It’s the most world-shattering story to ever hit Knuckles the Echidna, and it all ends here! As Team Fighters make their way to the Arctic, Thrash and Knuckles collide in an explosive final battle for the fate of the Echidnas. So why is Silver the Hedgehot in the mix? Find out in this exciting finale!”

Sonic Universe #49
Written by Ian Flynn, art by Jim Amash, Stephen Downer and Tracy Yardley
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99
“All for One, part four. The search for Mighty and Ray is over! It’s pandemonium as the Sand Blasters and Eggman’s Forces battle with the Chaotix caught in the middle! Will Mighty be reunited with his long-lost sister? Will she remember him? Will any of them get out alive?”

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within Volume 1
Trade paperback
Written by Tania Del Rio, art by Tania Del Rio, Jim Amash and Jason Jensen
Black and white, 256 pages, US $10.99
“The Magic returns like never before! Sabrina Spellman is your average teenager by day, attending Greendale High where her crush Harvey plays for the school basketball team. But by night, Sabrina enters the magic realm where she hones her witchcraft and attends charm school with the handsome and mysterious Shinji! Start from the very beginning as Sabrina deals with her two eccentric aunts and her conflicting lives in the Mortal and Magic realms, presented with a manga-style makeover! Amidst all the high school mischief, magic and romance, a real threat is growing in the Magic Realm – and it may hit closer to home than Sabrina ever expected!”
crossie’s note: There’s a talking cat in this, right? I think there’s a talking cat.

Sonic the Hedgehog Archives Volume 20
Trade Paperback
Written by Ian Flyn, art by Patrick Spaz Spaziante
“The bestselling Sonic Archives continues! Mysteries abound in this lead-up to Sonic’s third major milestone! Strange things are happening to our True Blue hero. A beam from space threatens the time-stream! The Robians vanish from Knothole! Dr. Robotnik’s life story is broadcast across the world! It’s up to Sonic and his Freedom Fighter friends to stop each plot and brave the unknowns of space! This volume features the dramatic return of Sonic’s worst enemy!”

Sonic Saga Volume 2: Order from Chaos
Trade Paperback
Written by Ian Flynn, art by Patrick Spaz Spazinante and Tracy Yardley
Full color, 112 pages, US $11.99
“Blast into the action at Sonic speed with the continuation of the all-new Sonic Saga series! The mysterious villain known only as Anonymous finally makes his play after months of careful plotting, and hero and villain alike are caught in his grasp! Friends and family are put in peril! And if that wasn’t enough, Anonymous has gathered every Chaos Emerald in the universe! Sonic must cross time and space to reunite families, while his dark rival, Shadow the Hedgehog, finally confronts Dr. Eggman and his legacy!”
crossie: Anonymous, huh? I hate that guy.

Sonic Super Digest #2
Trade Paperback
Art by Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms
Full color, 128 pages, US $3.99
“Sonic Super Digest is back! Where Sonic Super Special Magazine leaves off, this quarterly digest collection picks up, with even more classic adventure from the Sonic comic library! This issue hosts a special spotlight on Knuckles and the Chaotix, as secrets from the mysterious floating island abound! Perfect for fans new and old, Sonic Super Digest collects tons of comic stories, coloring pages, bonus content and features an all-new cover by Sonic artist supreme Tracy Yardley!”

Sonic Universe Volume 3: Knuckles Returns
Trade Paperback
Written by Ian Flynn, art by Tracy Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
“Rad Red is hot on the trail of his arch-nemesis, Dr. Finitevus. What he finds, however, is an ever-deepening mystery! But before he can investigate further, the newest Dark Egg Legion chapter attacks! To save Angel Island, Knuckles must team up with the Downunda Freedom Fighters – as well as Dr. Finitevus?”

Big Dog Ink

Ursa Minor #5
Written by Tom Hutchison, art by Ian Snyder, Sony Merbitt and Natalie Sanders
Full color, 28 pages, US $3.50, mature themes
“A detour takes Naomi and company to Hungary. Lady Bathory is about to receive visitors for the first time in hundreds of years.”
crossie’s note: Some kind of sexy werebear comic, I think. You don’t see a lot of those.

Bongo Comics

SpongeBob Comics #17
Written by Robert Leighton, art by Gregg Schigiel
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99
“Readers take SpongeBob’s fate into their own hands in Trading Laces, a choose-your-own-porous-path interactive adventure comic by puzzle-designer Robert Leighton (The New Yorker) and artist Gregg Schigiesl (X-Babies). Then find out the secret of Gary’s new odd behavior in Filthy Habit. And Bob Flynn (Bravest Warriors) provides a key to What Lurks Inside the Jelly Hive. All this plus SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka (American Elf) and a fill-in comic by Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)!”

The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles: Prelude to Evil #3
Written by Ben Avery, Casey Heying, art By Teddy Riawan and Casey Heying
Full color, 24 pages, US $3.99
“Mr. Raven sets Sarah on the path to her Destiny, but is anyone prepared for what that means? Oz and Wonderland will be changed forever. Don’t miss the last chapter of The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles prequel series!”

The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles Prelude
Trade Paperback
Written by Ben Avery and Casey Heying, art by Casey Heying, Teddy Riawan and Arthur Suydam
Full color, 136 pages, US $14.99
“Sarah’s life is about to take a very unexpected turn. As a chance encounter with Alica and Dorothy sets in motion events that will change Oz and Wonderland forever! Collects The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles: Prelude to Evil #1-3, Oz/Wonderland KIDS, an exclusive Wizard of Oz pulp-style story, and plenty of extras! Featuring a cover by Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies)!”

The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles Volume 1
Trade Paperback
Written by Ben Avery, art by Casey Heying, Glen Orbik and Alex Ross
Full color, 184 pages, US $19.99
“Alice and Dorothy must leave their modern Chicago lives to return to their childhood fantasy lands, as the Jabberwocky from Wonderland threatens to destroy everything.”

The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles Volume 2
Trade Paperback
Written by Ben Avery, art by Casey Heying, Glen Orbik and Alex Ross
Full color, 184 pages, US $19.99
“Upon returning to Oz, Dorothy and Alice only find death and destruction, compliments of the (new?) Wicked Witch!”

Boom! Studios

Adventure Time #13
Writing and art by Ryan North, art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Critics are calling Adventure Time the best series of 2012! Get the latest issue of the hottest all-ages comic on the stands! Join Finn and Jake as they work to save BMO from a magical virus … by going inside the game!”

Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake #2 (of 6)
Writing and art by Natasha Allegri
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Don’t miss fan-favorite Adventure Time characters Fionna and Cake in their own series! Get in on this explosively popular new Adventure Time mini-series, written and drawn by Fionna and Cake creator and Adventure Time storyboard artist Natasha Allegri! What will Fionna and Cake do with a flame-boy to care for? Find out in the hottest series of the year!”

Fairy Quest #1 (of 2)
Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Humberto Ramos
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“The world of Fablewood, where all of the stories that have ever been told live side-by-side, is a sinister place indeed! Under the watchful eye of the dreaded Mister Grimm and his Think Police, Red Riding Hood and her Wolf must risk everything to try and escape and find sanctuary in a mysterious place called the Real World … Written by industry legend Paul Jenkins (Sentry, Deathmatch) and drawn by comics superstar Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), the smash Kickstarter success story, Fairy Quest, is now available in single issue format for the first time!”

Garfield #10
Written by Mark Evanier, art by Andy Hirsch, Dan Davis and David DeGrand
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Garfield has survived some sticky situations in the past: Jon being late with a feeding, waking up on a Monday … but in this issue, he faces his scariest foe ever – The Lasagna Monster! That’s right, Garfield’s favorite food is out to take a bite out of the fat cat! The dream team of Mark Evanier, Andy Hirsch and guest artist David DeGrand brings us one of Garfield’s wildest adventures!”

Peanuts #6
Writing and art by Charles M. Schulz and Vicki Scott
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Peppermint Patty like you’ve never seen her before … in a dress! What could make the world’s most notorious tomboy get all gussied up in her most girly duds? The answers – and the best durn goop you’ve ever tasted – are in this new issue of Peanuts, along with your standard dose of classic Schulz Sunday strips!”

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #6
Written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, art by Damian Couceiro
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“As Ape City struggles to build itself back together, tensions between the ape races are reaching a boiling point as aid quickly runs out. Zira and Lucius struggle to find help before chaos descends, once again, on the planet of the apes!”

Planet of the Apes Special #1
Written by Daryl Gregory, art by Diego Barreto
Full color, 32 pages, US $4.99
“Daryl Gregory returns to the Planet of the Apes in this this epic over-sized issue, featuring fan-favorite artist Diego Barreto (Irredeemable) throughout 32 pages of new story and art! It’s the return of what Jason Aaron (Scalped, Wolverine and the X-Men) called: ‘The best Planet of the Apes comic ever. And one of my favorite comics of the year, period.’ When the Lawgiver was assassinated by a human, Ape City fell into a vicious civil war. Ten years have passed since the horrific violence and a fragile peace is emerging. Voice Alaya has been deposed and awaits sentencing in Ape City’s prison. Meanwhile, Sully has begun to rally forces, both human and ape. Little do they know they’re both on a collision course towards an even greater danger …”

Adventure Time Vol. 2
Trade Paperback
Written by Ryan North, art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Full color, 128 pages, US $14.99
“The all-ages hit of the year is back with a new volume collecting even more algebraic adventures! What happens when Jake the dog and Finn the human get a hold of Princess Bubblegum’s time machine and travel into the future? Can you say robot Fina and Jake? Find out more in this exciting volume!”

Peanuts Vol. 2
Trade Paperback
Written by Charles M. Schulz, Shane Houghton, Vicki Scott, Mona Koth, Alexis E. Fajardo, Paige Braddock, Jeff Dyer and Bob Scott, art by Charles M. Schulz, Paige Braddock, Matt Whitlock, Vicki Scott, Mike DeCarlo, Mona Koth and Bob Scott
Full color, 112 pages, US $13.99
“The Peanuts gang returns to comic books for the first time since the 1960s! Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang are all together in this volume that is sure to please young and old alike. This collection brings the gang together in a series of heartwarming and hilarious stories.”

Dark Horse

Emily and the Strangers #2 (of 3)
Written by Rob Reger and Mariah Huehner, art by Emily Ivie and Buzz Parker
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99, on sale Feb. 27
“Emily’s ready to rock ‘n’ roll, but to attain her dream of making the strangest, coolest tunes ever to grace a radio, she needs to learn to play with others – no easy task with five styles in the mix. There’s a chance that the group can make it big if they find a common tune.”
crossie’s note: I can’t remember if the first issue came out in December, when I would have typed it out but never submitted it. Anyway, the original solicit was much clearer on the furry aspects; namely, Emily’s cats.


Animal Man #17
Written by Jeff Lemire and Scott Snyder, art by Steve Pugh and Yanick Paquette
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, rated T+, on sale Feb. 6
“The epic climax of Rotworld starts here and continues in this month’s Swamp Thing #17! All hope seems lost! Can Buddy find a way to stop the Rot before it takes over the world! Before that can even happen, Buddy must confront the horrible truth about the fate of the his family.”

DC Universe Presents #17
Written by Joe Keatinge, art by Ricken and Ryan Sook
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, rated T, on sale Feb. 20
“Red Hood and the Outlaws fans take note as Arsenal takes the stage in this special issue! Roy Harper is all too familiar with the road to hell being paved with good intentions, so he’s not totally surprised when an attempt to help Killer Croc leaves him running for his life on the streets of Japan. Guest-starring Red Hood and Starfire!”

Dial H #9
Written by China Meiville, art by Alberto Ponticelli, Dan Green and Brian Bolland
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, rated T+, on sale Feb. 6
“Dial M for Minotaura! Friend or foe? Rescuer or captor? Nelson and Roxy continue to uncover secrets of the H-dial in Canada while evading the appendages of the Centipede. And introducing The Glimpse, a fleeting yet deceptively powerful new hero.”

The Flash #17
Written by Francis Manupul and Brian Buccellato, art by Francis Manupul
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, rated T, on sale Feb. 27
“The finale of Gorilla Warfare as Barry’s battle with Grodd comes to its bone-crunching conclusion! Don’t miss the introduction of one of The Flash’s greatest foes!”

Looney Tunes #211
Written by Sholly Fisch, art by Robert Pope and Scott McRae
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, rated E, on sale Feb. 6
“Porky Pig is taking driving lessons - and Daffy Duck is his teacher! Join Daffy and Porky on a wild ride!”

The Savage Hawkman #17
Written by Frank Tieri, art by Joe Bennett and Art Thibert
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, rated T, on sale Feb. 27
“The Shadow Thief makes his first appearance in The New 52! Hawkman’s mission to uncover the secrets of Thanagarian weapons on Earth leads him into the path of a deadly Xerxes!”

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #30
Written by Sholly Fisch, art by Scott Neely and Scott Gross
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, rated E, on sale Feb. 6
“The gang takes a trip to New Orleans and discovers a curse of zombie-fying proportions! Can Mystery, Inc. crack the case before falling victim themselves?”

Superman Family Adventures #10
Written by Art Baltazar and Franco, art by Art Baltazar
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, rated E, on sale Feb. 27
“General Zod escaped from the Phantom Zone … to open up a hot dog stand? Can Superman save Metropolis from the fiery footsteps of fifty-foot frankfurters?! Maybe – but can we let him finish his lunch first?”

Drawn & Quarterly

Moomin Builds a House
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Tove Jansson
Full color, 56 pages, US $9.95
“After Mymble’s family comes to visit the Moomins, her littlest and most badly behaved sister, Little My, is left behind. She promises to behave if she is given Moomin’s bedroom; Moomin, tired of being forced out of his room, decides to build a house where all the rooms will belong to him. With Little My helping out, things are sure to go awry, but in the end, Moomin’s house-building misadventures teach him the value of a home.”

Moomin Falls in Love
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Tove Jannson
Full color, 56 pages, US $9.95
“Moominvalley is flooded, so Snorkmaiden and Moomin head out to rescue anyone stranded in the deluge. They bring home Miss La Groona, the leading lady of the visiting circus, who turns out to be quite a demanding houseguest. Nonetheless, Moomin, having read a few too many romantic novels, falls head over heels in love with her, and chaos ensues.”

Moomin: Valley Turns Jungle
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Tove Jannson
Full color, 48 pages, US $9.95
“Moomin: Valley Turns Jungle is the second companion volume in D+C’s new Moomin full color paperback series. A crate filled with tropical seeds washes ashore, and when Moominmamma plants the seeds, a lush rainforest erupts in Moominvalley. When Stinky liberates some exotic animals from the zoo, chaos ensues, and the Moomins are forced to prove once and for all whether or not they’re related to hippopotamuses.”

Moomin’s Winter Follies
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Tove Jannson
Full color, 48 pages, US $9.95
“Moomin wakes up one morning to find the pond frozen over, and rather than hibernate, the family decides to brave the winter weather. At first, their wintry adventure seems to be going swimmingly, until Mr. Brisk of the Great Outdoors Club takes over and forces everyone to embrace the winter sports, whether they want to or not.”

Fantagraphics Books

Good Dog
Writing and art by Graham Chaffee
Black and white, 80 pages, US $16.99
“Good Dog is the first new graphic novel from alternative cartoonist Graham Chaffee following his successful 2003 collection, The Most Important Thing and Other Stories. Readers accompany Ivan the stray dog as he navigates dog society, pack politics and surveys canine-human interactions. The story is a rousing Jack London-esque adventure as well as a moral parable, all told from a dog’s-eye view.”

The Complete Peanuts Vol. 19 1987-1988
Writing and art by Charles M. Schulz
Black and white, 344 pages, US $28.99
“As we reach the 19th volume in this best-selling series collecting arguably the greatest comic strip of all time, Charles Schulz is still as inventive, hilarious and touching as ever. This volume features an introduction by Garry Trudeau plus a surprise format change, as the daily strip switches from its trademark four-square-panels format to a more flexible one-to-four-variable panels which, along with Schulz’s increased use of gray tones, give this volume a striking, distinctive look.”


The Adventures of Augusta Wind #4 (of 5)
Written by J.M. DeMatteis, art by Vassilis Gogtzilas
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“August and her companions seek refuge in the underwater world of Lake Innermost. But an attack by the Terrible Something forces them into deeper waters, and even deeper mystery, when they come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sleeper On The Ocean Of Story.”

My Little Pony: Frienship is Magic #4
Written by Katie Cook, art by Andy Price and Stephanie Buscema
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Their epic quest nearing its end, the Mane 6 reach the Changeling Kingdom and find themselves at the mercy of Queen Chrysalis! A sinister offer threatens to tear the group apart before they can save the day. Will friendship prevail over the Queen’s nefarious plan?”

My Little Pony Micro-Series #1 (of 6) Twilight Sparkle
Written by Thom Zahler, art by Amy Mebberson and Thom Zahler
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Introducing the first of six spotlights focusing on everyone’s favorite Ponies! Twilight Sparkle becomes enthralled in a literary masterpiece. Dismayed to hear the series never continured, Twilight goes on a quest to hunt down the reclusive author, Jade Singer. It will take all of the studious Pony’s detective skill to find the author, and twists and turns abound! Don’t miss this adventure in imagination!”
crossie’s note: Still sounds like pony ‘Misery’ to me.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #19
Written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, art by Ben Bates
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Time is running out for the Neutrino people at the mercy of General Krang. Up against incredible odds, Turtles and NRF forces devise a sneak attack against Krang and his army. Meanwhile, April desperately continues to search for info on the Turtles’ location at Stockgen, and Karai gets deeper into her own undercover mission!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50 Treasury Edition
Writing and art by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird
Black and white, 72 pages, US $9.99
“A deluxe treasury-sized version of a classic! Presenting the landmark silent 50th issue of Eastman and Laird’s TMNT. Part one of the epic 13 issue City at War arc, reprinting the original layouts in fantastic, oversized glory … bonus pin-ups from Todd McFarlane, Walter Simonson, Erik Larsen and more!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #9
Writing and art by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird and Michael Downey
Full color, 38 pages, US $3.99
“A young man wakes screaming from a recurring dream about samurais in battle. Elsewhere, Master Splinter mediates and senses someone … something … is searching for him. Find out what it all means in this newly colored reprint of the TMNT classic!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan #3 (of 4)
Written by Mateus Santolouco and Erik Burnham, art by Mateus Santolouco
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
In Feudal Japan, Oroku Saki seizes control of the Foot Clan the only way he knows how … through blood and deceit! But what role will Hamato Yoshi play in his ascent? In the present day, the battle for the Secret of the Foot reaches a fever pitch as Turtles and Foot clash in an epic rematch!”

Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots #4 (of 4)
Written by Mike Johnson and Mairghread Scott, art by Agustin Padilla and Ken Christiansen
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Dinobot war! Grimlock leads the Dinobots against Shockwave’s troops – and the results won’t be pretty! With Swoop under the Ser-Ket’s control, it’s an all-or-nothing battle of Dinobot versus Predacon – with the fate of Cybertron hanging on every punch, blast, jab and bite! Don’t miss the senses-shattering conclusion to this mind-blowing miniseries!”

True Blood #10
Written by Michael McMillian, art by Greg Scott and Michael Gaydos
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.99
“Alan Ball’s hit HBO series, the sensually sizzling story of the lives and loves of vampires, mind readers and all manner of creatures continues in this ongoing series! Now that the Shake For Me storyline has come to a close, we take a closer look at Alcide Herveaux and what makes this brooding werewolf tick in this special one-off story!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated, Vol. 1
Trade Paperback
Full color, 112 pages, US $7.99
“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming out of the sewers and back to your TV screen! And TMNT Animated adapts these kinetic, fast, action-packed episodes into comic book form! Read along and re-live the cartoon action with Leo, Don, Mikey, Raph, Splinter, April and Shredder in these young reader volumes.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 4: Sins of the Fathers
Trade Paperback
Written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, art by Andy Kuhn
Full color, 104 pages, US $17.99
“The forces of good and evil marshal on multiple fronts in Sins of the Fathers. The Turtles have a new mission, but Shredder’s ambitions could put and end to it before they begin. Plus, Krang unveils his master plan! How far will the Turtles go to defend themselves?”

Image Comics

Elephantmen #47
Written by Richard Starkings, art by Axel Medellin and Camilla D’Errico
Full color, 40 pages, US $3.99, rated M, on sale Feb. 27
“Sleeping Partners, part six. Sahara must give up her baby, before it is even born.”

Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under #4 (of 5)
Written by Todd Dezago, art by Craig Rousseau
Full color, 32 pages, US $3.50, rated E, on sale Feb. 6
“The Australian Adventure, part four. More and more members of the team go missing as the Perhapanauts become desperate, battling a monster that preys on fear! … and would someone please tell this talking mongoose to shut up! Also: Molly and her team are desperate as well, as El Cuero proves to be a cryptid that cannot be corralled!”

Super Dinosaur Vol. 3
Trade Paperback
Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Jason Howard
Full color, 112 pages, US $12.99, on sale Feb. 20
“Escape from Inner-Earth! Derek Dynamo is a prisoner of The Exile – who has taken him deep into Inner-Earth. Now Super Dinosaur must assemble a team to save his best friend, but along the way, he will learn the secret of Inner-Earth – and something that could bring about the fall of human civilization!”


Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Steve McNiven
32 pages, US $3.99, rated T+
“Move over Avengers … the Guardians got this. Star-Lord. Gamora. Drax. Rocket Raccoon. Groot. … and the Invincible Iron Man?! The Marvel Universe just got bigger as the legendary cosmic epic returns in the hands of superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, All-New X-Men) and Steve McNiven (Civil War, Old Man Logan). In this special prelude issue meet the man behind the Guardians: Star-Lord … and discover how this child of Earth became the leader of the rag-taggiest of teams in all the Galaxy. All setting the stage for next month’s historic Guardians of the Galaxy #1. This is the start of something big, Marvel fans.”

Monster’s Inc.: The Humanween Party #1 (of 1)
Written by Alessandro Ferrari, art by Elisabetta Melaranci, Federica Salfo, Michela Frare, Paco Desiato and Mirka Andolfo
32 pages, US $2.99, rated T+
“An all-new Monsters, Inc. tale! It’s that time of year again: Humanween! Monstropolis’ version of Halloween – where monsters dress up as humans – comes but once a year, and this time the annual party is at Mike and Sulley’s home. Mike goes into panic mode when he learns of an unplanned visit from his mother the day after the big bash!”
crossie’s note: I somehow doubt this is really rated T+. I’m guessing that’s just a goof, but feel compelled to type it out that way anyway.

Road to Oz #5 (of 6)
Written by Eric Shanower, art by Skottie Young
32 pages, US $3.99, all ages
“With the help of the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy finally reaches the Emerald City. But there are surprises along the way – like the three deaths of Jack Pumpkinhead! The Shaggy Man reveals the shameful secret of the Love Magnet. Dorothy finally learns who first enchanted the magical road to Oz.”

Scarlet Spider #14
Written by Christopher Yost, art by Khoi Pham and Max Fiumara
32 pages, US $2.99, rated T+
“In the Midst of Wolves part two of three. The cast deals with the fallout from last issue’s shocking fatality. The Lobos are on the prowl as Aracely fights for her life. Who is the other?”


Ariol Volume 1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me
Trade Paperback
Written by Emmanual Guibert, art by Marc Boutavant
Full color, 124 pages, US $12.99
“Brand new series from the multiple award-winning author Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and renowned illustrator Marc Boutavant! Ariol is your everyday tween donkey with blue glasses. He lives in the suburbs with his mom and dad. His best friend is a pig. He’s in love with a beautiful cow in his class. His teacher is a dog. His gym teacher is a huge rooster. In short, Ariol is just like you and me. Kids will love the real humor around their lives on this one as they have in many other countries!”

Th3rd World Studios

Stuff of Legend: The Toy Collector #5
Written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith, art by Charles Paul Wilson
Full color, 24 pages, US $3.99
“The Boogeyman’s will is the way! The Toy Collector’s work is finally done and the Boogeyman is very pleased. As the Dark braces for the coming War of the Toys, the whistle is blown … What evil will it unleash on our poor boy and his loyal toys? Will this war be over before it has begun? The startling conclusion to The Toy Collector arc is here.”


Fables #126
Written by Will Buckingham, art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Joao Ruas
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“Marriage and family are the most important components of the community. It’s in the book. Go ahead and look it up yourself. The official charter of Fabletown laws hold little the government as a whole can do to interfere in family matters. Mostly this is a good thing. Once in a great while – like in this issue, for instance – it isn’t. Also, Bigby and Stinky continue their road trip, trying to catch the hint of a scent of the missing cubs.”

Fairest #12
Written by Lauren Beukes, art by Inaki Miranda and Adam Hughes
Full color, 32 pages, US $2.99, Mature Readers, on sale Feb. 6
“Rapunzel discovers that bloody vengeance will come back to haunt you. Frau Totenkinder and Bigby get caught in a war between Tomoko’s yakuza gangsters and Katagiri’s not-so-unassuming sumo school. There’s murder, mayhem, terrible compromises and unholy hairballs deep in the heart of a dark forest and in the frenetic streets of Tokyo.”


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Moomin is still a thing? Wow. I guess the home value issue it covers is current, at least.

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Tove Jansson died in 2001. These must be new translations from the Swedish.

Fred Patten

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And a movie in 2014, apparently.

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I liked the few episodes of the Japanese 1972 anime Moomin TV series, directed by Rin Taro, that I saw. Tove Jansson reportedly hated it because the producers threw out her stories and wrote their own around her characters. They were not bad stories; they just weren't hers. I loved Snufkin's theme song.

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The Moomins remain pretty big in Japan to this day.

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