Like thunder and lightning, the Previews Catalogue unleashes a slew of new comics each and every month. Residents of the Stately Beat Manor have teamed up, digging through a horde of titles to share their closely curated picks with the general public. We tapped everyone available to get their most favored recommendations for this week.


Alex: Bloodshot Reborn #1

Writer/Artist:Jeff Lemire Artists: Mico Suayan Colorist: David Baron

Bloodshot could use a little dusting off following the experience that led to his new inception following the original 90’s series. How will top bill creator Jeff Lemire reinvent the character?


Dave: Stray Bullets Sunshine & Roses #3 (Image Comics/El Capitan)

Created by David Lapham, Maria Lapham 


The crime genre in comics can sometimes feel a bit over saturated. Somehow, David Lapham’s tales of the society’s underbelly, in Stray Bullets, manage to feel unique every time it hits stores. Issue three of Sunshine and Roses gives readers a close look at the most feared killer in Baltimore. I’m in!

 Torsten’s Picks:


bandette v2Publisher: DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Paul Tobin (A) Colleen Coover & Various (CA) Colleen Coover
The Eisner Award-winning digital series is back to steal readers’ hearts once again! The Great Thieving Race is on, as Bandette and rival Monsieur compete to steal priceless artifacts from a criminal organization. But its response could make this Bandette’s final crime spree! Collects Bandette #6-#9, plus bonus stories!
Tobin!  Coover!  A great character, perfect for young readers, but enjoyable for oldsters as well!
mad lovePublisher: DC COMICS
(W) Bruce Timm, Paul Dini (A/CA) Bruce Timm
Written and drawn by the masterminds behind Batman: The Animated Series, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, this epic reveals the origins of Harley Quinn as she proves her love to The Joker by trying to eliminate the Dark Knight on her own! Now in a deluxe format with exclusive extras and bonus material!
Who doesn’t love a good love story?  *sniffle*
shazam 75Publisher: DC COMICS
(W) Otto Binder & Various (A) C. C. Beck & Various (CA) Cameron Stewart
DC Comics celebrates the World’s Mightiest Mortal in this new collection starring Captain Marvel and his extended crimefighting family: Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel, Tawky Tawny and more, plus villains Dr. Sivana, Mr. Mind, Black Adam and others!

A fun character!  I do hope they include “Sivana’s Nobel!”

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Publisher: DC COMICS
(W) Cecil Castellucci, Lauren Beukes (A) Chris Sprouse & Various (CA) Francesco Francavilla
It’s a “Girls’ Day Out,” and Lois Lane doesn’t do “puff piece” interviews, which is fine, because Diana of Themyscira is not interested in being treated as fluff. But when they’re attacked by croco-aliens and robots, the situation really gets heated! Then, in “The Problem with Cats,” Wonder Woman has been summoned to the Isle of Cats to rescue her Justice League teammates, but can Diana save the day?
Cecil Castelucci, awesome YA author and former MINX creator of “The Plain Janes”!
Mike Maihack, creator of “Cleopatra in Space” and those delightful Supergirl/Batgirl webcomics!  SQUEE!  Yeah, you can read this issue digitally already (#22), but wouldn’t it be better in paper, in your secret hideout?


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Publisher: NBM
(W) Stephen Weiner
The popular primer on the best graphic novels, initially called The 101 Best Graphic Novels, is back in its 3rd updated edition! Expert Librarian Stephen Weiner, with the crowdsourcing help of professionals in the field, from artists to critics to leading comic store owners, has sifted through the bewildering thousands of graphic novels now available to come up with an outstanding, not-to-be-missed 101. With an all-encompassing variety of genres, fiction and non-fiction, this serves as a great introduction to this increasingly influential world of pop culture and entertainment while also serving as a reference list for fans on what they may have possibly overlooked.

First published in 1996, revised in 2001 and 2005, librarian Stephen Weiner does the nigh-impossible, choosing 101 graphic novels for a “best of” list!  He even includes lists for books about comics, and recommended out-of-print titles!

 Brandon’s Pick: Top 10 TP
 This is easily one of my favourite works from Alan Moore, taking the superhero genre and plying just a bit of strange colours to make it interesting to him. The quick pitch: Top Ten follows the exploits of the police tasked with protecting a world filled with beings with powers. Basically, it’s Castle if the crimes being solved sometimes involved Capital-C-Crisis type insanity. Wonderful, fun stuff.

 Heidi’s Picks: 
Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger
Published by NBM
This is easily one of the most beautiful books of the year thus far. Fashion, glamour and Parisian style in the 40s! Join Clara as she becomes a model for the emerging House of Dior and thrill to page after page of gorgeous clothes. It’s the littleblack dress of graphic novels. Check out a preview here.
The Superannuated Man by Ted McKeever
Published by Image Comics
Ted McKeever has been around for a long time, and he’s developed quite a body of work, all of it supremely weird yet distinctive, with a voice and the chops to back it up. His latest series is about a post-apocalyptic world and the hero, known only as HE, who lives on a boat off the coast of a town overrun by strange creatures. It’s a world of hulking wrecked ships and talking hyaenas and you can feel the decay and isolation in every panel. There’s nothing like it.


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