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AMERICA #1

(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Joe Quinones

At last! Everyone's favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series!
Written by critically-acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) and drawn by all-star artist Joe Quinones (HOWARD THE DUCK), Marvel Comics' brand new AMERICA series shines a solo spotlight on the high-octane and hard-hitting adventures of the one and only America Chavez!
America has always been uncontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she's now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! But while leading a team of heroes and punching out big bads is great and all, it doesn't really leave much time for self-discovery... So what's a super-powered teenager do when she's looking for a little fulfillment? She goes to college!
She just has to stop an interdimensional monster or two first, plus shut down a pesky alien cult that's begun worshipping her exploits!
Rated T+

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EXTREMITY #1

(W/A/CA) Daniel Warren Johnson

SERIES PREMIERE! Thea dreams. Not of a better life, but of revenge on the clan that ruined her family. With ferocious battles between man, machines, and monsters ahead...who knows where her quest for vengeance will take her? Creator DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Space Mullet) and colorist MIKE SPICER present a bold new vision, where the beauty and imagination of Studio Ghibli meet the intensity of Mad Max, in this all-new Skybound Original.

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JUDGE DREDD ANNUAL #1

(W) Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas (A) Dan McDaid & Various (CA) Ulises Farinas

It has been 10 years since the events of Mega-City Zero, and Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land. But what has been happening on Luna-1 and in Mega-City Two, and how might that affect Dredd's sworn duty? The mystery of The Blessed Earth begins to unfold here!

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CORTO MALTESE IN SIBERIA GN

(W/A/CA) Hugo Pratt

With this book Hugo Pratt leaves behind the short story form he'd used for 21 interrelated tales and presents a truly epic graphic novel. In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution and the First World War, Corto Maltese is engaged by the Red Lanterns-a Chinese secret society made up entirely of women-to find an armored train laden with gold that belonged to the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II. They aren't the only ones lusting after the treasure. The adventure, which shifts from the hidden courts of Venice to the mysterious alleys of Hong Kong, from Shanghai to Manchuria and Mongolia to Siberia, also attracts regular and irregular armies, as well as revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries.

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COSMIC SCOUNDRELS #1

(W) Andy Suriano, Matt Chapman (A) Andy Suriano (CA) Andrew MacLean

Space-fairing bachelor scalawags Love Savage and Roshambo - along with a little mothering from their ship's AI, Mrs. Billingsley - shuttle from job to job and continually find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Despite their best efforts to look out only for themselves, they usually end up involved with alien crooks, shady black market baby schemes, and space sickness-inducing drugs. They're on the loose and on the run - from everyone!
• Andy Suriano is an Emmy and Annie Award-winning artist who has worked on such iconic series as Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
• Matt Chapman is a writer of Disney's Gravity Falls and the co-creator of Disney XD's Two More Eggs and Homestar Runner!
• The witty, hysterical, and utterly zany web comic is finally in print!
• Our story kicks off with a spectacular space heist by Savage and Roshambo!

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RAT QUEENS #1

(W) Kurtis J. Wiebe (A/CA) Owen Gieni

"CAT KINGS AND OTHER GARYS," Part One-NEW STORY ARC! The Rat Queens are back! Betty, Violet, Dee, Braga, and Hannah return! Palisade is still a rat-infested troll's ass, and everyone still hates Gary. It's been a while since the Queens have done a good slaughter, so join them as they get back to the basics of killing monsters and drinking away the profits! A fresh, soft reboot to the head for the Rat Queens with artist OWEN GIENI!

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VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #1

(W) Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson (A/CA) Paul Grist

In 1944 Hellboy was conjured in a ceremony meant to give Hitler the ultimate occult weapon. Fortunately, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm was there to witness, and to guide Hellboy to become the greatest paranormal detective in the world.  But Bruttenholm wasn't the only witness to Hellboy's arrival. A visitor was there, sent to kill the Beast that had been prophesied to kill us all. What the visitor saw, and why he stayed his hand, leads to the most mysterious Hellboy spinoff yet ...

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STARSTRUCK: OLD PROLDIERS NEVER DIE #1

(W) Elaine Lee (A/CA) Michael William Kaluta

A glorious Starstruck mini-series of Lee & Kaluta's classic space-opera! A rollicking adventure featuring Harry Palmer, the Galactic Girl Guides, and other favorites from this classic series. This re-mastered and expanded series features approximately 50% all-new artwork by legendary comics illustrator Michael Kaluta. Each episode includes a single chapter as well as a glossary written by Lee and illustrated by Kaluta.

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KAMANDI CHALLENGE #2

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Neal Adams (CA) Kenneth Rocafort

After the thrilling events of issue #1, writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Neal Adams rescue the Last Boy on Earth and send him on his next adventure. Now, Kamandi must save Tiger King Caesar and his people from impending doom. Will he be the hero they need? Or will he use the chaos of the situation to escape for good?

I was super blown away by the first issue and feel like despite it being an homage to Kirby, the King himself would be proud of DC's first event in the 100 year Kirby celebration. This issue features what is sure to be a kick ass story by Peter Tomasi and totally bat shit art by the madman himself, Neal Adams!

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ALEX TOTH BRAVO FOR ADVENTURE ARTIST ED HC

(W/A/CA) Alex Toth

Of every comics story Alex Toth ever drew, the only one that he kept the complete original art to was Bravo for Adventure. This Artist's Edition is a virtual "how-to" course in drawing comics the Toth way. We see how he would draw all the detail in a scene, only to black it out in order to focus the reader's eye on what really counted. "Simplify, simplify, simplify," he said. Also included are variant versions of the Bravo saga featuring Noah Chance and the experimental aircraft called Condor, plus dozens of never-before-seen pencil roughs, preliminary drawings, and story fragments, as well as all twelve pages of Toth's own coloring for an edition that never saw print, and-freed from storage after 40 years-all of the coloring for what was intended to be Bravo's original 1975 first printing in France!

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INHUMANS VS X-MEN #5

(W) Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire (A) Javi Garron (CA) Leinil Francis Yu

• It's Karnak vs. Fantomex in the world, as Medusa and her team attempt to liberate their secret weapon - Black Bolt.
• Storms are brewing as the X-Men make their move on the remaining Terrigen Cloud - will they be able to destroy it before it ends their entire species?
Rated T+

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THE OLD GUARD #1

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Leandro Fernandez

Eisner-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, BLACK MAGICK, Wonder Woman) and critically acclaimed artist LEANDRO FERNANDEZ (THE DISCIPLINE, Deadpool, Punisher: MAX) team up together to introduce THE OLD GUARD, the story of old soldiers who never die...and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia - "Andy" - and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find-and afford-their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

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A WHISPER IN MY GHOST...

Excited for the new Ghost in the Shell movie with Scarlett Johansson hitting theaters March 31st? Why wait the month and a half when you can delve into the original Manga by Shirow Masamune and experience the true cyberpunk classic in its purest form next to digitally downloading it to your brain! While the Anime adaptation is probably the best known version of this mind melding adventure, the Manga offers a totally different perspective including extra characters, plots, sci-fi science footnotes galore and of course, Tachikomas!! Think you know Ghost in the Shell?? Think again! Get ready to hack into the definitive version of GITS with special edition hardcovers featuring the first ever right-to-left translation to hit the U.S.! We will have volume 1, 2 and 1.5 for #NCBD on 2/22 for anyone brave enough to skim the digital depths of Shirow's masterpiece!

And check out the trailer for the new movie if you haven't watched it yet! 

 

GHOST IN THE SHELL DLX RTL HC ED VOL 01

(W/A/CA) Shirow Masamune

This deluxe edition will mark the first time the book has been published in its original Japanese right-to-left format in English. Supervised by the creator, this will be the definitive edition of The Ghost in the Shell. Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers" who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers' criminal ends.

GHOST IN THE SHELL DLX RTL HC ED VOL 02

(W/A/CA) Shirow Masamune

This deluxe edition will mark the first time the book has been published in its original Japanese right-to-left format in English.
Supervised by the creator, this will be the definitive edition of The Ghost in the Shell.
Released simultaneously with new deluxe editions of the other two books in the original series.

The long-awaited sequel to Shirow Masamune's groundbreaking The Ghost in the Shell, and one of the most highly anticipated graphic novel events in many years, Man-Machine Interface is Shirow's most ambitious and complex story yet, with deep forays into philosophy and the meaning of artificial life, intelligence, and existence. Utilizing awe-inspiring digital effects on a level never before seen in the annals of graphic fiction, Shirow has raised the bar for what can be achieved, page after page!

Story Locale: Tokyo
Series Overview: Following World Wars III and IV a Japanese-led Asian block dominates the world. A key element in the maintenance of the block's position is the elite Japanese security police, the SHELL task force. To give them an edge in their ruthless battles against terrorist groups, most of the force have had extensive cybernetic transplants that have left them only questionably human. This is an exciting and skillful work that realistically probes uses of artificial intelligence and "direct interfacing" with machines, and which questions where mankind's technological and medical progress will lead.

GHOST IN THE SHELL DLX RTL HC ED VOL 1.5

(W/A/CA) Shirow Masamune

This deluxe edition will mark the first time the book has been published in its original Japanese right-to-left format in English. Supervised by the creator, this will be the definitive edition of The Ghost in the Shell. Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor presents for the first time in America the "lost" Ghost in the Shell stories, created by Shirow Masamune after completing work on the original Ghost in the Shell manga. Focusing on Section 9 agents in their daily battle against technocrime, Human-Error Processor has all the mind-twisting cybermadness you've come to expect from Ghost in the Shell but set in a more police-procedural context with action and suspense galore. Features the stories "Fat Cat," "Drive Slave," "Mines of Mind," and "Lost Past."

COMICS SHOULD SMELL GOOD!! ep #364!

It's another wonderfully rainy Wednesday morning here in Seattle and as usual, the perfect comic book reading weather for New Comic Book Day! Yes, the most important day of the week is here once again and your favorite comic monkeys are back together with a 3 pronged assault of super shiny awesome new books you need in your life! Don't ask, just buy!

And due to a little computer/human miscommunication, we are without pictures this week, so please search out some pics of any titles that might strike your fancy! Thank you so much for watching!

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2/15!!

New Comic Book Day Highlight reel for new comics shipping on February 15th, 2017! Be sure to check out the new episode of the Comics Should Smell Good Wednesday morning as your favorite comic monkeys bring you the very best in recommendations, hype and general nonsense! Visit our Youtube channel or check back here to watch!!

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CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #5

(W) Jonathan Rivera, Tom Scioli (A) Michael Avon Oeming, Tom Scioli (CA) Michael Avon Oeming

After agreeing to help defeat the mysterious being known as the Whisperer, Cave imbibes "Night Pudding" (a concoction reserved for only the strongest warriors and the truly metal) with King P'Thrall, while Chloe experiences the local scene with a group of subterranean teenagers. What could possibly go wrong? And if something did go wrong, it's all good-because Cave knows some big league heroes who are just a phone call away, so... Plus: a new "Super Powers" tale by Tom Scioli!

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WILD STORM #1

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt

A troubled woman, barred by her employer from continuing her research, walks miserably through New York City. It takes her a moment to notice that everybody else is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of the Halo skyscraper.
And that woman-Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she's buried in her own body-is the only person who can save him.
What she doesn't know is that the act of saving that one man will tip over a vast and secret house of cards that encloses the entire world, if not the inner solar system. This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.

New York Times best-selling writer Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, RED, PLANETARY) returns to DC to curate Jim Lee's WildStorm world, with this debut issue resetting the WildStorm universe with new iterations of Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks and others.

"I couldn't be more excited to see these characters that are so near and dear to me reintroduced under the guiding hand of Warren Ellis. WildStorm represents an incredibly fun and exciting period in my career, and I can't wait to see what Warren and Jon have in store for fans in February."-Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher

Warren Ellis turns his demented third eye towards Jim Lee's universe of hard edged heroes for a re imagining that is sure to turn everything you thought you knew about these characters upside down!

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U.S. AVENGERS #3

(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Paco Medina

• It's socialism gone wild as the U.S.Avengers literally punch the business leaders of tomorrow right in their faces!
• Are there extenuating circumstances, or have we just gone mad? You'll have to read the comic to find out!
• Also, the Golden Skull makes his incredibly ostentatious, jewel-encrusted last stand!

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