As odd as this column was to write this month, it’s going to be even worse next month. Maybe the one after that too.
Diamond, the comic book distributor, announced that they will not distribute comic books to stores until the Coronavirus pandemic has passed. This sucks for comic book stores. Many of which weren’t making huge profits to start with. I’ll be suggesting comics that may not arrive at stores if those stores are even open. However, these comics are available digitally on Comixology. Also, at some point the world will go back to normal. The publishers will print again and your local comic book store would love it if you walked in and bought some of these books. If your local shop is still open, many of these characters have stories in the back issue section or collected in graphic novels that are already at the store. See if they’re doing pick up, delivery, or mail order and support the small companies in this crazy time.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 and #2 (Marvel Comics).
Years ago, the bounty hunters Valance, Bossk, and Boba Fett were screwed over during a mission by Valance’s mentor, Nakano Lash. Now Lash has resurfaced and every bounty hunter in the galaxy is coming for her.
Transformers vs. Terminator #1 (IDW).
Its Skynet vs. Cybertron in 1984. Which robot will inherit the future?
The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt (IDW).
If you collected comic book trading cards, or if you’ve been enjoying the pack opening videos right here on The Retro Network, then you are familiar with the works of Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. Making the fantastic seem real. In 1994 the brothers created the Marvel Masterpieces trading card line, and every card is shown inside this book. Plus behind the scenes photos and sketches. This is a 284 page hardcover for $59.99 and an absolute work of art.
Ghostbusters: Year Old #3 (IDW).
Over this four-issue series, each Ghostbuster is interviewed for a biography. Issue 3 features the one and only Peter Venkman. Elusive, aloof, the character you grew to love from the movies and cartoon. He couldn’t be more disinterested until he tells a story about a poltergeist at a dance club. I’m sure hijinx ensue.
The Fuhrer and the Tramp #1 (Source Point Press).
This is further back in time than the usual retro content on this site. A tale of two men who made a mustache style famous, or infamous. Charlie Chaplin feels compelled to do what he can against the horrors of Hitler’s regime. FDR has just the idea if Chaplin accepts. Create a propaganda film to gain United States public support for entering the war.
X-O Manowar #1 (Valiant Comics).
Retro Network fans who have been listening to the Wizards podcast will be familiar with the glory days of Valiant comics in the 1990s. Valiant and the characters they own have been bringing back some of their characters recently. Now it’s time for the return of X-O Manowar. An ancient warrior king investigates something too advanced for him to understand and is transported to the future to fight evil with the power of his living alien armor. Part Venom, part Iron Man, part Conan. All fun.