Most of us retro collectors already have enough at home or in storage to enjoy. Or at least that’s what our partners say. However, I am here to tell you you’re wrong. There are brand new things coming out every month with a retro flair and your wallet needs to be made aware.
Thanks to the Previews catalog, all 600 pages plus 250 more pages of companion magazines, I have cobbled together a list of retro-themed comics coming out at your local comic book store this month. As this is the first of possibly many columns, a quick explanation.
The Previews catalog comes out two months ahead of the on-sale dates for the comics inside. These September solicitations were in the July issue. Patrons of comic book shops will read through this massive catalog, and ask their store to order specific books. While we all are familiar with the comics from Marvel and DC, other publishers rely on a little bit of buzz and notice from this catalog.
It takes a good week to really go through all of this. I may have bitten off a bit too much this month, but October’s is already in process. Also, check with your local shop for availability and shipping dates. If you miss a comic, they will be glad to order it for you.
Now for the comics coming out in September that have a retro theme.
Scooby-Doo Team-Up #50 from DC Comics. ($2.99)
Unfortunately the final issue of the book, but these are one and done stories. Not only does Scooby team up with Batman, a concept we have loved since the cartoon. They also must face the combined menace of Bat-Mite and Scooby-Mite!
Transformers Galaxies #1 from IDW ($3.99)
After a war on Cybertron, the Constructicons showed up to rebuild the Transformers’ home planet. When the work was completed they not only disappeared, but all record of them did as well. This series will shed light on this story and without a doubt build up to an appearance by the iconic Devestator.
Transformers/Ghostbusters #4 from IDW ($3.99)
Issue 4 of a 5 part mini-series. Don’t worry about not knowing the story so far. The important thing here is the debut of an all-new Autobot – Ectotron! What more do you need to know? How about a villain. The most iconic supernatural villain in the history of the franchise. The Ghost of Starscream!
G.I. Joe #1 ($3.99)
An all-new Joe story begins. In this world, Cobra takes over towns – even entire governments. Then keeps the citizens of those areas under their control. Now, ordinary people are rising against Cobra. Guerrilla style resistance against the Snake Empire.
Napoleon Dynamite #1 from IDW ($3.99)
All is well. Napoleon and Deb are dating. He’s training at a new dojo. Pedro is the student body president. But now a conspiracy unravels and Pedro is accused of stealing the election. Can Napoleon clear his best friends name before the principal impeaches Pedro?
Charlie’s Angels vs. the Bionic Woman #3 from Dynamite ($3.99)
I’ll admit, these two properties are a bit of a blind spot for me. But I know there are many fans who dreamed of these women sharing the screen for years. It’s too late for that, but not too late for them to share the page.
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #1 from Boom! Studios ($3.99)
The official prequel to the new Netflix series. Which itself is a prequel to the classic movie. Skesis. Gelfling. Everyone and everything is here. This 12 issue story adds more history to the world of the Dark Crystal.
Rugrats: The Last Token from Boom! Studios ($14.99)
This is an original graphic novel, which means the story has never been told before. 112 all-new pages featuring all the babies fighting over the final token at the arcade. Rugrats is in a weird place for us children of the ’80s. We were too old to watch cartoons, but it was really good.
That’s all for this month. Tune in next month for more treasures. While you’re at your local store make sure to check out other new releases and the back issue bins. Comics have been around a long time and there are thousands of great stories out there waiting for you to discover.
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